Official: Willian lands new PL club

English Premier League

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Brazil winger Willian on a free transfer after leaving Chelsea upon the expiry of his contract.

The 32-year-old winger joins their Premier League rivals after seven years at Stamford Bridge in which he lifted five major titles, including the Premier League twice and the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League.

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Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta lauded the arrival of the 70-time capped Brazil international for his desire to make the switch after featuring over 300 times for their London rivals.

Willian will don the no.12 shirt at the club and has reportedly signed a deal worth £220,000-a-week, ranking as one of the club's highest-paid players behind Mesut Ozil.

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"I believe he’s a player that can really make a difference for us," Arteta told the club's website.

"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."

The former Shakhtar Donetsk star netted 63 goals and registered 62 assists in 339 appearances in all competitions for the Blues over season seasons.

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