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Willian’s transfer to Arsenal was confirmed today, as the former Blues winger was officially confirmed as an Arsenal player.
A lot has been said about Willian making the move to a rival club, and the Brazilian indeed put in some good displays during his seven years at Stamford Bridge. But the big question is whether he’d perform at Arsenal.
Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith, has spoken about the signing, and he thinks that although it could be a good signing for Arsenal, the Brazilian has already played his best years at Stamford Bridge.
Discussing Arsenal’s move for Willian, former Gunners striker Smith told Sky Sports: “It is time to move the project forward by adding quality in certain positions, which is not easy at all when money is tight.
“Willian’s free transfer from Chelsea looks like the first step, which surprised me at first given the Brazilian’s age.
“Just turned 32 with lots of miles on the clock, Stamford Bridge has surely seen his best days.
“So was this just a convenient move because he has the right agent? Something foisted upon Arteta by Raul Sanllehi, the head of football?
“Or does Arteta see something in Willian that can improve the team straight away? ‘One thing is for sure, as a right-sided attacker, his arrival asks immediate questions of Nicolas Pepe, signed at exorbitant cost this time last year.
“The Ivory Coast winger has blown hot and cold so far, which is not a great quality in Arteta’s book.
“Undoubtedly talented, Pepe has got to kick on if he’s going to survive because, in the short term at least, Willian can provide great know-how and quality on that right side.”