OFFICIAL: Arsenal confirm the signing of former Chelsea star Willian on free transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Aug 2020 10:04 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Advertisement The Brazilian has swapped Stamford Bridge for the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have confirmed the signing of former Chelsea winger and free agent Willian, with the Gunners beating off a host of competition to land the Brazilian.Willian confirmed he had left Chelsea after seven years last weekend, having been unable to agree fresh terms despite Frank Lampard having wanted to keep him following a strong campaign.The Brazilian had two offers from Premier League sides, two more from European clubs and a lucrative deal to move to Major League Soccer. Arsenal confirm the signing of former Chelsea star Willian on free transfercenter_img Comment Willian had to watch Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Chelsea from the Wembley stands (Picture: Getty)In an open letter to Chelsea fans, he wrote: ‘The time has now come to move on. I leave with my head held high, safe in the knowledge that I won things here and always did my best in a Chelsea shirt.‘There were so many happy times, some sad, there were trophies and it was always very intense.’Willian is likely to be one of a number of new arrivals at Arsenal this summer, with Arteta looking to sign a new centre-back and several midfielders of varying skillsets, while the club hope to announce a new deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang imminently.MORE: Arsenal target Willian confirms Chelsea departure in emotional letter to fansMORE: Arsenal hierarchy ignored departing scout’s recommendation to sign Tottenham-bound Pierre-Emile HojbjergFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Willian scored nine Premier League goals and laid on seven assists (Picture: Getty)But it is Arsenal who have won the race for his signature, with the 32-year-old believed to have signed a three-year contract worth £220,000-a-week.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking after the deal was confirmed, technical director Edu told Arsenal’s official website: ‘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.’Mikel Arteta was reportedly the driving force behind the deal, with the Arsenal boss keen to add both Willian’s experience to his young squad as well as his winning mentality and culture.Willian missed Chelsea’s final two games of the season with an ankle injury, watching from the stands as Arsenal won the FA Cup at Wembley before the Blues were dumped out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalDespite his advancing years, Willian enjoyed the most productive season of his career in the 2019/20 campaign, scoring nine times in the Premier League and proving particularly influential after the season restart.Willian made 339 appearances for Chelsea after signing from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala for £30million in 2013, winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League.last_img

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