Arteta reveals why Willian is the player that Arsenal need now

Mikel Arteta has revealed that Willian’s mindset is the reason why the Gunners offered the Brazilian a three-year deal.

Willian had become a free agent after he failed to agree on a new deal with Chelsea.

He was wanted by several teams but Arsenal won the race for the Brazilian’s signature.

The winger had wanted to remain at Chelsea, but he made it clear that he will only sign a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge, the best Chelsea could offer him was a two-year deal and he rejected it.

He has now joined Arsenal for a mouth-watering £220k per week deal despite the club claiming that it is suffering financially and laying off some of their staff.

There are critics of the deal, particularly the length because Willian is also 32, but Arteta has defended Arsenal’s decision to sign him.

The Spaniard claimed that when he spoke with Willian, the Brazilian’s hunger to do more in his career impressed him and that is why he had to complete the signing.

‘I want players who are optimistic and willing and they want to win for our club,’ the Arsenal boss said via Mail Online.

‘That is the feeling I got from the first day I met Willian. He is not satisfied with what he has done in his career, which is a lot, and he is going to bring some special qualities for our team.’

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15 Comments

  1. Kenya 001 says:

    220 a week ! Tell me it ain’t true , I actually thought it includes sign on fee !

    1. Sid says:

      Yup. The article states all the bonuses and addons as the finalized wage. I guess at max the wahe is around 120k to 130k per week with 100k pw as the base wage.

    2. arie82 says:

      A lot source say wallian salary is 100k a week, he had 150k at chelsea before, i remember he said that he will reduce his wage as long he offered 3 year contract..

  2. Ipkiss says:

    Gunners eye Bees duo
    Arsenal are considering a double swoop for
    Brentford pair Said Benrahma and David Raya, according to 90Min.
    The Bees were beaten in the Championship play-off final last month and their failure to reach the Premier League means a number of their star players may now look to move on.
    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has already recruited Brentford’s head of set pieces Andreas Georgson and goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana, and they have recommended he raid their former club again for forward Benrahma and goalkeeper Raya.

  3. olaitan says:

    Enough of the euphoria on what is gone, let’s discuss on an imminent problem that might lead to our usual regret.

    I thought I have seen the last of our stupidity after we sold our best legs (Wojciech Szczesny , Serge Gnabry etc). for peanuts. Now some feelers (I hope is not true) are pointing to that direction that our best hand in goal is about to be traded off for one untested and unproven Championship keeper.

    We wouldn’t be FA and the Shield winner today if we hadn’t got a classy keeper like Emi to stand in for Leno.
    I hope someone can remind these “salesmen” that we lost the 2006 UCL final not to a superior team, but because we had a “flappy hand” goal keeper as deputy to Jens Lehmann.

    Get rid of the deadwoods in Arsenal but Emi is definitely not one of them.

    1. jon fox says:

      Spot on!

    2. Val says:

      Well, if Lehmann didn’t come rushing out of his goal like a lunatic on crack, he wouldn’t have got sent off in the first place!

      1. arie82 says:

        Yeah, he catch the barcelona leg player (forgot who) outside the penalty area….madness

        1. Rory johnson says:

          Samuel et’o if my memory is correct.

      2. ken1945 says:

        Spot on!
        He helped the spuds get a draw when we won the league, after playing like an all in wrestler.
        Always loved Jens, but let’s not forget, like every player, he had his faults… AND, just like Gnabry, Martinez has said “no first team football then I’m off”, while Szczeny, like Guendozi, kept breaking the club’s rules.

  4. Top Gunner says:

    £220/week for Willian? Oh! God have mercy on Arteta. Have Arteta worked with Willian to understand his mindset?

    1. jon fox says:

      TG just as well you know that you know that MA IS ONLY A ROOKIE MAMAGER /ASSISTANT COACH THEN and can inform us all. Otherwise some of us thickos would be thinking that MA WAS A MARVELLOUS COACH. FORTUNATELY WE HAVE YOU TO GUIDE US!

    2. Gily says:

      Even if that is true, he was a free agent remember.

    3. Indian gooner says:

      That includes the signing of fees and bonuses. If Willian gets his full package it will mean that we have won something, qualified for CL etc and it will be worth it. He will guarantee 6/7 goals and 6/7 assists and that itself will justify his cost

    4. Khadii says:

      Hahaha..
      Been waiting for your nañseñse comment..
      Seemed like you went into hiding yesterday.
      For your information… Willian is on 100k per week.
      The 220 mentioned includes his sign on fee.
      And with God having mercy on Arteta, i’ll have you know that Arteta does nothing relating to contract negotiation.. Huss Fahmy does that job.
      Arteta’s job is to identify his target.. The rest is left to the Club and the player’s agent.

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