Willian has been a central figure at Stamford Bridge since joining Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 and the forward has provided 63 goals and 62 assists in 339 appearances to help win 2 Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Europa League.
The Brazil international has been one of Frank Lampard’s most consistent players again this season, as he has been instrumental in bringing Chelsea to the top four in recent weeks.
However, after seven years Willian’s stay in west London appears to be over as he runs out of contract this summer and is set to leave after rejecting Chelsea’s latest offer of a two-year contract extension.
the Guardian claim Arsenal had lengthy talks with Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchian over a move to the Emirates and offered the South American winger a lucrative three-year contract to effect the switch through London .
This seems to have influenced his decision as ESPN Brazil report that Arsenal are expected to announce Willian’s signing in the coming days after fending off competition from a number of clubs for his signing.
Some Arsenal fans are surprised that the club are offering a player who turns 32 next week a three-year contract, but Willian has just enjoyed one of his most productive seasons in a Chelsea shirt after contributing 11 goals and 9 assists in all competitions.
He’s in excellent form and clearly doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, so Arsenal should get at least two more top-tier seasons if they can get that signing offer on the line.
Mikel Arteta is in desperate need of adding some creativity to his squad and Willian would certainly fit and the fact that he can play through the positions of the attacking midfielder means he will give the Arsenal boss plenty of options in the last third.
Willian also won’t need time to adjust to English football and is available on a free transfer so I think he would actually be a very decent addition to the squad if Arsenal could make him his first signing. of summer.