Arsenal have signed Brazil international Willian on a three-year deal after he left Chelsea at the end of his contract.
The 32-year-old joins Arsenal on a free transfer after failing to agree on a new contract with the Blues. Willian will now wear the number 12 shirt for the Gunners.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes that Willian is a player who can make a great difference for the team.
“We have been monitoring him for the past few months. We had a clear intention to strengthen the attacking midfielder and the winger positions and he is a player that gives us a lot of versatility, as he can play in three or four different positions,” Arteta was quoted as saying by the club’s official website.
“He has the experience of everything in the football world but to still has 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.”
Willian started his career at Brazilian side Corinthians before joining Shakhtar Donetsk in August 2007. In his six years there, he won four Ukrainian Premier League titles and the Uefa Cup in 2009.
Four years later, he briefly signed for Anzhi Makhachkala before joining Chelsea, winning the Premier League and League Cup in his second season in England.
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.
Internationally, Willian has made 70 appearances and has scored nine goals for Brazil, after making his debut in 2011.
He represented his country at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, the 2015 Copa America, the Copa America Centenario, and the 2019 Copa America, where he was a key member of the squad that lifted the trophy on home soil.