Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says Willian can “really make a difference” after the Gunners confirmed the signing of the Brazilian winger.
Willian has signed a three-year deal at The Emirates after leaving Chelsea earlier this month.
The 31-year-old will provide vital support and experience up top for Arteta as he continues his rebuild in north London.
“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.”
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Willian will extend his seven-year stay in the Premier League after originally joining Chelsea in 2013. Since then, he has won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Europa League.
What’s more, the Brazilian adds big-game experience to the Gunners, after featuring heavily in the Champions League for the Blues.
WILLIAN EXCITED TO BEGIN NEW CHAPTER
Willian said: “[I like] the way they play, everything is amazing – the stadium, and I think that with Arteta, Arsenal have a great opportunity to fight again for titles in the Premier League and in Europe so I’m very happy because of that.
“I’m excited to start. I can’t wait to go on the pitch and do my thing to help my team-mates and to help this club to shine again. That’s what I want.
“When I talked to [Mikel], the conversation was good, he gave me confidence to come to Arsenal. He said a lot of good things to me and that’s why I have come to Arsenal.”
Willian is Arsenal’s first signing of the summer and one report claims his contract could amount to £35million.