Arsenal complete signing of Willian from Chelsea

Arsenal have this morning announced the capture of Willian on a free transfer following his departure from Chelsea.

The Brazilian forward didn’t put pen to a new deal at Stamford Bridge and has moved across the city to their London rivals.

Willian spent seven seasons with Chelsea after arriving from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, after notably choosing them over Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

The 32-year-old right winger had been widely-expected to join the Gunners in recent weeks. He is coming off an excellent first season under Frank Lampard, scoring nine goals and assisting seven more in 36 Premier League games (29 starts) down the right wing.

Arsenal have this morning confirmed that the Brazilian international has signed a three-year deal at the Emirates Stadium.

Willian has signed a three-year-deal with the Gunners, having previously rejected a two-year-deal with Chelsea.

It’s an interesting move as Nicolas Pepe was finding his form after the restart, though striker Alexandre Lacazette had been moved into that role on a number of occasions too. Willian’s arrival certainly brings another excellent option to manager Mikel Arteta next season.

The winger previously won two Premier League titles, and FA Cup and the 2014 UEFA Europa League with Chelsea, scoring 63 goals and setting up 59 more in his 339 appearances in all competitions.

He has been handed the number 12 shirt at Arsenal.