Arsenal confirms Willian signing on three-year deal

Brazilian midfielder Willian confirmed earlier this month he will be leaving Chelsea after a seven successful seasons at the London club.

Willian won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup with Chelsea.   -  ap

Brazilian midfielder Willian has signed for Arsenal after having spent seven years at London rival Chelsea.

The 32-year-old has penned a three-year deal with the FA Cup winner and will wear the number 12 shirt.

 

Willian, who began his career with Corinthians in Sao Paulo, joined Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013. 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.

He was out of contract this summer and had failed to agree a new long-term deal with the club.

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta said, “I believe he’s a player that can really make a difference for us. 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.

The Spaniard is also working towards tying down striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a new three-year contract as Arsenal, who finished eighth in the Premier League last season, look to bridge the gap to the top four.

The moves come amid a backlash against the north London club who announced plans to lay off 55 staff a week after their FA Cup success over Chelsea at Wembley guaranteed them a spot in next season's Europa League.

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