Former Chelsea winger Willian has revealed that his reason for joining Arsenal is Mikel Arteta’s ambition to win the Champions League in the next three years.
The Brazilian international, who left Chelsea at the end of his contract this month, has signed a three-year deal with the Gunners.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Willian said that Arsenal boss Arteta had convinced him with his ambitious vision.
“One of the reasons I wanted a three-year deal was to be part of a plan, not just a player passing through. When I talked with the manager he told me why he needed me for three years.
“It was that he first wanted to qualify for the Champions League and win it by the time I left. That was what I wanted to hear.”
He also said that during his seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge, he won everything except the Champions League.
“Hopefully this move will give me the trophy I haven’t got as well as another Premier League title.”
Willian, who will be 35 when his three-year deal expires, insisted he is physically fit despite Chelsea denying him a deal exceeding two years.
“Arsenal have given me what I wanted and now I will show they have made a good decision. My age is no big thing. If you look after yourself, live right and train right, today’s players can still be at top level when they are 35. For me it is not a problem.
“I have a lot to play for with Brazil, too, and I want to be at the next World Cup. If I do well at Arsenal then that will happen.”
Next season, the Gunners will be fighting for their place in the Uefa Champions League after being out of the competition for three seasons.