It is no longer speculation that Willian would be joining Arsenal from Chelsea as the Gunners have released an official statement indicating that the Brazil international has signed a three-year deal to join the club ahead of the 2020/21 season.
Mikel Arteta on Friday said Arsenal signed the 32-year old because they believe he can help make a difference going forward.
“I believe he’s a player that can really make a difference for us,” Arteta said. “We have been monitoring him for the past few months, we had a clear intention to strengthen in the attacking midfielder and the winger positions [and] he is a player that gives us a lot of versatility, he can play in three or four different positions. He has the experience of everything in the football world but to still have the ambition to come here and contribute to bring the club where it belongs. I have been really impressed with all the talks I have had with him and how much he wanted to come.”
The 32-year-old forward has effectively joined the long list of players that switched from Chelsea to Arsenal in recent times.
Petr Cech, David Luiz, William Gallas are some of the big names that have left Chelsea in times past to play for Arsenal and it obvious this trend will definitely continue.
In the last seven seasons, Willian has commanded a wealth of experience; making more than 600 club appearances in a career spanning 13 seasons.
Throughout his seven years at Chelsea, he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and the Europa League. He made 339 appearances, with 63 goals and 56 assists in that time.
Arsenal Technical director Edu added: “I know him very well, since a long time ago because we’ve been working together for the Brazilian national team and of course I was following him because he played for another club. He has a lot of fantastic attributes as a person, as a football player of course, his character. I’m 100 per cent sure that everybody in the dressing room, the fans, myself and Mikel will enjoy having Willian in our side.“
Willian will wear the number 12 shirt.