Willian has completed his move to Arsenal – The 32-year-old forward has an abundance of experience and has shown up in a profession traversing 13 seasons.
Willian began at Brazilian side Corinthians, before joining Shakhtar Donetsk in August 2007. In his six years there, he won four Ukrainian Premier League titles and the Uefa Cup in 2009. After four years, he quickly marked for Anzhi Makhachkala before joining Chelsea, winning the Premier League and League Cup in his second season in England.
All through his seven years at Chelsea, he won two Premier League titles, a FA Cup and the Europa League. He showed up, with 63 objectives and 56 aids that time.
“I believe he’s a player that can really make a difference for us,” Mikel Arteta said. “We have been monitoring him for the past few months, we had a clear intention to strengthen in the attacking midfielder and the winger positions [and] he is a player that gives us a lot of versatility, he can play in three or four different positions. He has the experience of everything in the football world but to still have the ambition to come here and contribute to bring the club where it belongs. I have been really impressed with all the talks I have had with him and how much he wanted to come.”
Willian has shown up and has scored nine goals for Brazil, making his internationalpresentation in 2011. He has since represented his nation at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, the 2015 Copa America, the Copa America Centenario, and the 2019 Copa America where he was a key individual from the crew that lifted the trophy on home soil.
Technical director Edu said: “I know him very well, since a long time ago because we’ve been working together for the Brazilian national team and of course I was following him because he played for another club. He has a lot of fantastic attributes as a person, as a football player of course, his character. I’m 100 per cent sure that everybody in the dressing room, the fans, myself and Mikel will enjoy having Willian in our side.“
Willian will wear the number 12 shirt.