The Brazilian is set to remain in London after reaching an agreement with Arsenal who he will be joining when his current deal runs out. He will be teaming up with David Luiz who also made a move from Chelsea to Arsenal last summer. They both co-own a restaurant together which is one of the reasons why they are keen on remaining in the English capital.
Willian has agreed on a three-year contract at Arsenal worth around £100,000-a-week, with the move expected to be announced later this month.
Willian’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, claimed last week his client had five clubs interested in signing him, including two in the Premier League.
The end of an era at Chelsea
Willian was set for a move to Chelsea London rivals Tottenham but the Blues made a late intervention and hijacked the move. On 25 August 2013, English Premier League club Chelsea agreed to a deal to sign Willian for a fee of £30 million, subject to a work permit hearing on 28 August 2013. The deal was made official on 28 August 2013 and Willian signed a five-year contract, receiving the number 22 shirt.
He would go on to appear 339 times for the Blues, scoring 63 goals in the process. He was voted as Chelsea’s Player of the Year in 2016. He leaves on the back of a trophy-laden spell and focuses on a new chapter with Arsenal as he approaches the twilight of his career.
Willian might have felt that his spot in the first team was threatened following the summer arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and the impending transfer of Kai Havertz. Chelsea still wanted to keep the veteran winger but couldn’t reach an agreement to keep him.
More signings expected at the Emirates
Willian may not be the only Brazilian heading to the Emirates in the summer. He could well be joined by Philippe Coutinho as Arteta seeks to bolster his squad. Arsenal could also make a move for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey as a new midfield anchorman. Defensive additions are also required if the club is to move forward.