by linda ikeji
Arsenal have completed the signing of Brazilian winger Willian following his departure from Chelsea.
The 32-year-old’s arrival was confirmed on the Arsenal’s Twitter account on Friday morning, August 14, after he signed a three-year contract that will see him earn £220,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium. He will wear the No 12 shirt for the club.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: ‘I believe he’s a player that can really make a difference for us.
‘We have been monitoring him for the past few months, we had a clear intention to strengthen in the attacking midfielder and the winger positions [and] he is a player that gives us a lot of versatility, he can play in three or four different positions.
‘He has the experience of everything in the football world but to still have 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.’
Gunners Technical director Edu said: ‘I know him very well, since a long time ago because we’ve been working together for the Brazilian national team and of course I was following him because he played for another club.
‘He has a lot of fantastic attributes as a person, as a football player of course, his character.
‘I’m 100 per cent sure that everybody in the dressing room, the fans, myself and Mikel will enjoy having Willian in our side.’
Willian who joined Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, won two league titles, the FA Cup, the EFL Cup, and the Europa League before moving to Arsenal.