How Mikel Arteta helped Arsenal bag top Premier League talent

Willian’s agent, Kia Joorabchian has revealed that Mikel Arteta wooed the Brazilian star to Arsenal by his incredible rebuilding project at the Emirates.

The Brazilian had spent seven years at Chelsea and he was negotiating a renewal with the Blues.

They had offered him a two-year deal, but he wanted an extra year and the Blues weren’t in a position to offer him that.

Arsenal agreed to give him a deal for that length of time and he joined them, that is what most people believed happened.

But his agent has now revealed that it is true that he wanted a three-year deal, but he was swayed by listening to Arteta talk about his ongoing project at the Emirates.

He revealed that the talks with the Spanish manager and Edu were enough to convince him that moving across town to north London was the best decision that he should make.

“With Willian, there’s no secret he wanted a three-year contract, but the Mikel Arteta project was just incredible,” the agent told TalkSport host Jim White.

“He was very much wooed by Mikel and [technical director] Edu, and what Mikel presented to him and the way he wants to play football and the way he wants to continue and the success he wants to bring to Arsenal, made the difference.

“That’s what he said and that’s exactly what it was.”

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  1. Sue says:

    More like David Luiz worked his magic 😜😂

    Good luck to John-Jules. Season long loan at Doncaster Rovers

  2. Dan kit says:

    Great player
    Will score 50 goals plus this season for us 👍

    1. ken1945 says:

      Agree Dan and it will be magic if Pepe can turn on his style this season, on the opposite side.
      I think this signing will come back to haunt chelsea and can see MA even using him as a AM should MO not step up to the plate.

      Sue, I would have thought J-J could have gone to a “bigger” club, but at least he should get some “big boy” playing time – he looks a great prospect, the little I’ve seen of him.

      1. Dan kit says:

        I see him being played there also Ken
        Front 3 of Auba ,Pepe and Willian should be enough to scare the sh1t out of all premier league defences .

      2. Sue says:

        He’ll get plenty of playing time there, Ken… another team to keep an eye on 😉

    2. Abdullahi Garba says:

      Auba is the best attacker so far in the world of premier league football. I have the believe with the resheifflement of the squad by new manager will make him to badge 50 goals. Signing of Thomas party and Hussen Aour is very paramount for arsenal. This will make arsenal football club unbeatable.

  3. Uzi Ozil says:

    OT: Abdoulaye Doucouré signs for Everton. Good signing for them. They got James from Real Madrid and Allen from Napoli. Kudos to Everton. Those are decent signings. Abdoulaye Doucouré happens to be a very good signing for them in the midfield. Nice…..

    1. Sue says:

      Yes Uzi, they’ve done really well. They may finally beat Liverpool at home now – would love to see it 🙂

  4. James Jamiru Lamin says:

    Then I believe arteta must be able to convince Thomas Partey because the club need a strong mildfieler

  5. Uzi Ozil says:

    Thomas Partey will probably be a gunner this window. Aouar I m not so sure.. would be glad having both but one of them now won’t be bad too

    1. Rory johnson says:

      Exactly my thoughts bud 👍

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