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Willian is reportedly set to join Chelsea, as he is yet to agree terms with the club over a contract renewal.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admits that he wants to keep the Brazilian, but has given up on the dilemma, as Chelsea aren’t willing to give Willian beyond a two-year deal.
Meanwhile, Gunners legend Paul Merson, is delighted with his former side’s move to sign Willian, and believes it will be a fantastic signing for the club.
“Willian would be an unbelievable signing for Arsenal,” Merson told the Daily Star.
“I think Willian is a special player who ticks all the boxes. I can’t believe Chelsea are letting him go to be honest.
“I know he’s 31 and wanted a three-year contract but football is all about now, and right now he’s a great player.
“No manager is thinking about what might happen in three or four years’ time. They need results now, so it’s no surprise to me Frank Lampard doesn’t want him to go.
“Arteta won’t be Arsenal manager forever. He needs to win now. Willian can help him do that.
“He’s a special player and a blinding signing in my opinion. Okay, he probably won’t be pulling up any trees in his third year, but who cares? He ticks every box.
“He won’t have to settle in London because he’s been here for years and his family love the place.
“He won’t have to adapt to a new league because he’s already a proven performer for a top club here.
“So he should be able to hit the ground running because he won’t need loads of time to adapt like a player coming in for big money from a foreign club.
“He’s quick and he works hard and he has plenty of experience. He also has that guile that Arsenal sometimes lack. He could even play as a No.10.”