Arsenal have convinced Willian to reject all offers thrown at him and signed the Brazilian forward on a three-year deal.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 14: Willian of Chelsea FC looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC at Camp Nou on March 14, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
(Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Does Mikel Arteta really want him? Is he only joining because of Kia Joorabchian? These are questions we may never know the answer too, but what we do know is that the 32-year-old is now an Arsenal player, joining David Luiz and Eddie Nketiah as former Chelsea players at the club.

With Arsenal planning on using a lot of young players, Arteta is keen to get experience around them. That was a large part of the reason they gave David Luiz a new deal ahead of Willliam Saliba’s arrival.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Willian of Chelsea and Bukayo Saka of Arsenal battle for possession during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on December 29, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: Willian of Chelsea and Bukayo Saka of Arsenal battle for possession during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on December 29, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Willian arrives needing no time to bed in and will serve as an excellent mentor for Bukayo Saka and others and while there are many who doubt this move will be good for the club, there is a reason Chelsea wanted to keep hold of him and Barcelona were sniffing around as well.

A three-year deal was the main sticking point at Chelsea, who have a far stricter over-30s policy than Arsenal, not that you’ll read about that. They offered him a two-year deal before the lockdown and refused to move their position, something that Willian found offensive.

Arsenal offered Willian slightly lower wages but the security he wanted with a three-year deal.

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