After completes his move to the club from Chelsea, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta plans on using Willian in a central position for next season. In the past, the Brazilian was predominantly used as a right-winger at Chelsea. However, Willian’s always felt that he was used incorrectly at Chelsea and that his best position is in a more central role behind a center forward.
The 32-year-old departed Stamford Bridge after seven years in west London this week.
Arteta clearly agrees on using Willian in a role next term.
According to the Mirror, while Arsenal’s offer is believed to have been the key driver of Willian’s move to the Emirates, Arteta’s plans for him have clearly influenced his thinking and he’ll at long last get to star in a central role that he has craved.
Willian is set to sign a three-year deal with the club, though he’ll take a slight salary cut from his £120,000-a-week deal with Chelsea to earn around £100,000-a-week at the Emirates.
The winger was reportedly in north London on Monday to complete his medical with the Gunners and the club is likely to announce his arrival later this week.
Willian will become Arteta’s first signing of the summer. Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the fourth season running and they announced in February – before the coronavirus pandemic hit sport – a loss in operating profit