It's being widely reported that Chelsea winger Willian has agreed to a three-year contract with Arsenal believed to be in the region of £100k/week.
With the Brazilian turning 32 in three days time, there are sceptical voices wondering if the experienced winger is the best option available to Mikel Arteta's team.
We think that the move ticks a lot of boxes though, and here's why:
🦁 Willian adds experience in attack
In 2019-20, Arsenal's bench was predominantly made up of academy youngsters, especially in wide attacking positions. Willian would add a bit of Premier League know-how from the bench when Mikel Arteta wants to change a game using the Brazilian's ability to keep his width. His rumoured wages of £100k are also in a bracket well below the top-earners at the club, so the move represents a relatively low risk. In terms of the domino-effect, a loan spell away from the club for Reiss Nelson wouldn't be out of the question.
🧮 A conventional winger with tactical smarts
Under Frank Lampard, Willian enjoyed a purple patch of goal-scoring but a constant theme in his game over the years has been his ability to follow tactical instructions and working hard off the ball. That's quality that Arteta will admire.
🎱 Ball-carrying ability
Arsenal has struggled to break opposition defences open in recent seasons which has become a difficult fact for their fans to digest, with the Gunners traditionally a free-flowing, expansive team that creates loads of chances. One area in which they seem to be lacking is creativity, and Willian's ability to drive and dribble at defenders might create space for Arsenal's technicians to pick their passes.
🎯 A specialist from set-pieces
From dead-ball situations, Willian has proved himself to be deadly over the years and that's a nice bonus option to have.
We'll be following the story as it develops over the day but it seems almost certain that Willian will be an Arsenal player before the week is out.
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