Mikel Arteta hopes Arsenal Willian’s new signing will help improve two players


Mikel Arteta is hopeful that Willian’s new signing can have an immediate impact at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta is convinced that Willian’s new signing can have an immediate impact on and off Arsenal’s pitch.

The 32-year-old ended months of speculation about his future on Friday after making a deal that saw him become the second player in 12 months to trade Stamford Bridge for Emirates Stadium.

David Luiz, after a tumultuous start to his Gunners career, has become a key part of Mikel Arteta’s new look, earning a contract extension as much for the work he has done behind the scenes mentoring young Arsenal players. .

The defender’s compatriot and former Chelsea teammate is likely to operate on the wing or in a central attacking role, offering competition for Arsenal’s clutch of wide forwards.

According to the Guardian, Arteta is hopeful that Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka, in particular, benefit from training and playing alongside a player with Willian’s considerable experience and pedigree.

Arsenal have confirmed Willian’s signing on a free transfer (Photo: Getty)

Speaking about the qualities of his new signing, Arteta said: “I think he’s a player who can really make a difference for us.

“We have been watching him for a few months, we had a clear intention to strengthen the attacking environment and the winger positions. [and] he is a player who gives us a lot of versatility, he can play in three or four different positions.

“Plus he brings a lot of quality and something we need, namely winners. He has the experience to win almost everything in the football world but still the ambition to come here and help bring the club in his place.

‘That’s a lot of his qualities [that appeal]. One is his ability to play in those tight spaces, his ability to play with people, unlock, drive with the ball and create overloads, he is a goal threat both in open play and on kick. set foot.

“Again, this is the character I want, the kind of player who when the going gets tough in the game wants to take responsibility, wants the ball and wants to win the game for the team and I think it’s going to be a very good lift for all the players also in terms of the quality that we bring to the team.

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