Willian, as well as fellow compatriot Philippe Coutinho, are close to joining Arsenal.
Chelsea refused to offer Willian his desired three-year deal owing to their transfer policy for players above 30 years of age. He will now be departing Stamford Bridge after a trophy-laden spell at the club. Willian maybe 32 years old but he still has a lot to offer. He scored nine league goals in total last season, more than he managed in any other league campaign for Chelsea. He also provided seven assists, equalling his highest previous tally, which was amassed in 2017-18.
On the other hand, Coutinho has struggled massively since leaving Liverpool for Barcelona. He was sent out on loan to German champions Bayern Munich but hasn’t done enough to earn a permanent transfer. A move back to the Premier League could be what he needs to re-ignite his career.
Some sports news outlets say Arsenal’s move for Coutinho is already at an advanced stage, and that Arteta has big plans for the former Liverpool forward. Kia Joorabchian acts as agent for both players, so getting a deal done for both would no doubt suit him.
Planning ahead of next season
The Gunners are still buoyed by their FA Cup final triumph over Chelsea. The win rewards them with European football for next season and truly highlights how much impact Mikel Arteta has had since taking over from Unai Emery.
As Arteta continues in his plan to move forward, the retainment and recruitment of key players are highly important. Thankfully for him, Aubameyang now looks set to stay after his heroics at Wembley. Dani Ceballos is also expected to complete a permanent move to the Emirates after an excellent loan campaign
Arsenal will now focus on new arrivals. A free transfer for Willian and a loan move for Coutinho is on the line as the Gunners plan to strengthen their squad ahead of next season. Both players already have a lot of Premier League experience between them so adaptability shouldn’t be a problem for either.
They are also very versatile players who will aid Arteta’s tactical flexibility. If Arsenal gets it right in the transfer window, they stand a very big chance of returning to the glory days of yesteryear.