Arsenal fans told new signing Willian to ‘hand immediate boost’ to the squad
Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith has said Willian can give the Gunners and immediate boost ahead of the new season.
After months of speculation about where he would be by the end of the transfer move, The former Chelsea winger’s move to the Emirates Stadium was finally confirmed on Friday, a few days after leaving the Blues
The 32-year-old has penned a three-year deal with the north London side, which is reportedly worth a stunning £220,000-a-week, and he will hopefully be the first big player that Mikel Arteta gets to add to his squad.
And after seeking the arrival of the Brazilian to the Emirates, Smith has claimed that Willian can give the club an immediate boost, he told the Sky Sports website: “Willian’s free transfer from Chelsea looks like the first step, which surprised me at first given the Brazilian’s age. Just turned 32 with lots of miles on the clock, Stamford Bridge has surely seen his best days.
“One thing is for sure, as a right-sided attacker, his arrival asks immediate questions of Nicolas Pepe, signed at exorbitant cost this time last year. The Ivory Coast winger has blown hot and cold so far, which is not a great quality in Arteta’s book.
“Undoubtedly talented, Pepe has got to kick on if he’s going to survive because, in the short term at least, Willian can provide great know-how and quality on that right side.”
Willian is a top signing and Chelsea were very foolish to let him leave, especially as Frank Lampard has been desperate to make sure that he stayed at the club, but hopefully he is the first of many, and fans will be hoping players of his quality also make that move to the Emirates.
Lets see how this plays out.