Willian has joined Arsenal on a 3-year-deal from Chelsea on a free transfer.
So, it’s time to weigh in the positives of the transfer. At this point, it’s common knowledge that Arsenal have been in business with some agents, which has in turn caused concern and restlessness amongst the fan base.
However, there are also some reasons to get excited over the Willian deal. Even though he is 32 years old, there is still plenty to get excited about over the transfer. He has been at Chelsea for the last seven years and, the 19-20 season was arguably his best so far individually.
Willian played 55 games for Chelsea and was a big part of Frank Lampard’s side during the whole season. He hit 25 direct goal contributions (13 goals and 12 assists) during the season, which adds up to a goal or assist every 122 minutes.
To add to that, despite his age Willian is still quick and would add something that Arsenal are desperate for. In the 19-20 season, Willian was seventh place in the ‘Most chances created’ category in the Premier League with 76 chances created. To put that into perspective, the only two Arsenal players who come close to that are Nicolas Pépé (40), and Mesut Özil (38). Not only that, but Willian brings experience for the younger players coming through to learn from. For players like Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, Gabriel Martinelli and others coming through the academy, having a player like Willian in the squad could provide some guidance to those youngsters.
With the Gunners qualifying for the Europa League, the Brazilian play maker also provides the experience needed for Arsenal to challenge the top four and the later stages of the UEL. Willian can also play in pretty much any position on the attack. Either from the wings or through the middle.
It’s good to point out, however, that the forward can be irregular during the season and in-games, which can cause frustration. In the last major international competition that he played for Brazil, the Russia 2018 World. Cup, Willian was a target of critics for his lack of creativity when he played for the Brazilian side.
Finally, Mikel Arteta has earned the benefit of the doubt with the performances and transformations he has done with the Arsenal team. We can only hope this signing will be a great one for the Spaniard.