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Willian left Chelsea after seven years at the club, as he decided to make a switch to Chelsea bitter London rivals, Arsenal.
Willian refused to accept Chelsea’s offer of a two-year deal, as he wanted a three-year deal to remain at the club. However, the Blues were only keen on extending his stay at Chelsea for not more than two years.
In the same vein, Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also keen to leave Arsenal this summer, and doesn’t want to extend his deal at the club, with just one year left in his contract.
Aubameyang scored 29 goals in 44 matches for Arsenal last season, and the Gabon international has shown that he can produce goals consistently. Willian has now urged him to commit his future to the North London club.
Willian told SunSport: “I joined Arsenal because we can challenge for titles but Pierre will be a big part of the plan.
“He has to stay – it is very important to me. This is a guy who gets 25-30 goals a season and we have to keep a player like that.
“He’s one of the best players in our team and somebody I want to be making chances for.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes Willian is a quality addition to his squad, and has backed the Brazilian to help the club win titles next season.
The Arsenal boss said: “I believe he’s a player that can really make a difference for us.
“We had a clear intention to strengthen in the attacking midfielder and the winger positions.
“He has the experience of everything in the football world but still has the ambition to come here and contribute to bring the club where it belongs.”