November 29, 2020

Willian joins Arsenal after contract expires at Chelsea – soccer

Brazil winger Willian accomplished a cross-London transfer to Arsenal on Friday after his contract expired at fellow Premier League crew Chelsea.

The 32-year-old Willian rejected the supply of a two-year extension with Chelsea, the place he performed since 2013.

“We now have been monitoring him for the previous few months,” Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta stated. “We had a transparent intention to strengthen within the attacking midfielder and the winger positions; he’s a participant that offers us loads of versatility, he can play in three or 4 completely different positions.

“He has the expertise of every part within the soccer world however to nonetheless have the ambition to come back right here and contribute to deliver the membership the place it belongs. I’ve been actually impressed with all of the talks I’ve had with him and the way a lot he needed to come back.”

Willian primarily performs without any consideration winger, the place report signing Nicolas Pepe and teen Reiss Nelson are deployed at Arsenal.

Willian helped Chelsea to 2 Premier League titles, one FA Cup title and the 2019 Europa League title, the place the Blues beat Arsenal 4-1 in Baku.

The previous Corinthians participant was pressured to observe on when Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 on this month’s FA Cup last, nonetheless, as he missed out due to an ankle drawback.