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Arsenal complete Willian signing

Brazilian midfielder says he 'will play in any position to help the club shine again' after putting pen-to-paper on a three-year deal with the Gunners

14 August, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

Willian: ‘I want help this club to shine again’

ARSENAL have signed Brazil midfielder Willian on a three-year deal following his departure from Chelsea.

The Gunners saw off competition from Barcelona and Inter Miami to land the 32-year-old after he failed to agree new terms with the Blues.

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

“We had a clear intention to strengthen in the attacking midfielder and the winger positions.

“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.”

While Willian arrives on a free, he is far from cheap, with reports surrounding his wages ranging from £100,000 to £220,000-a-week, depending on which of the national newspapers you read.

If, however, he shows the form seen when he played in a Chelsea shirt, Arsenal fans might end up feeling they’ve got a steal of a deal.

Reflecting on his move across the capital, Willian said: “I like the way they play, and I think that with Arteta, Arsenal have a great opportunity to fight again for titles in the Premier League and in Europe.

“I’m excited to start. I can’t wait to go on the pitch and do my thing to help my teammates 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 played primarily on the right flank during his time in west London, but quizzed on where he will play for the Gunners, he told the club’s official website: “That’s a difficult question – I don’t know! I leave that to Arteta.

“I come to help in every position. I can play on the right, I can play in the middle, I can play on the left side as well. So I want to help – in any position where they put me to play, I will try to do my best.”

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