Former Chelsea attacker, Willian, has explained reasons why he has join Arsenal on a three-year deal.
While in an interview today with Arsenal’s website, Willian claimed Arsenal to be one of the biggest clubs in the world adding that he is determined to make Arsenal “shine again.” In his words, he said,
“I’m very excited to become an Arsenal player – I can’t wait to start training and playing with my team-mates.”
“I decided [to join] because Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. They have a new project with Mikel Arteta.”
“I think this club deserves to shine again and I want to be a part of this project – to be a part of the Arsenal family is amazing. I’m very happy to do that.
“I come to try to win trophies because this club deserves to win again, and I think you have to do the best as possible to win every game. I always train hard and go on the pitch giving 100 percent to help this team to win games and to win titles as well.”
Recall that the 32-year-old Brazilian player won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup, and the Europa League during seven years with the Blues club, but decided to move across London on a free transfer with Chelsea that is unwilling to offer him the multi-year contract he desired.
Willian who sat out the FA Cup final when Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 earlier this month due to injury, stated the impact made by Arteta in his first season in management urged him to join the Gunners.
Although Arsenal will not mandatorily pay a transfer fee, the move for Willian, who is seemingly set to earn £200,000 ($261,000) a week, has been criticized just a week after the club announced they are planning to cut 55 jobs due to damaging economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, Willian was one of Chelsea’s outstanding performers after football’s return from the coronavirus shutdown who helped Frank Lampard’s men secure a place in the Premier League’s top four.