‘He said, “Come to Arsenal, I want you to come!”: Willian reveals how old pal David Luiz begged him to follow him to Emirates Stadium from Chelsea (and the £220,000-a-week deal must have helped too!)
- Willian has joined Arsenal on a three-year contract worth £220,000-a-week
- Willian said a chat with former Chelsea team-mate David Luiz persuaded him
- The Brazilian forward said Luiz helped him overcome ‘difficult times at Chelsea’
- And that they can do ‘great things together’ at the club as Luiz is a ‘top player’
Willian has revealed that a conversation with David Luiz persuaded him to join Arsenal from Chelsea.
The Brazilian forward says he was drawn to the Gunners by the prospect of reuniting with his international team-mate – referring to him as a ‘top player’ who helped him overcome ‘difficult times at Chelsea’.
The 32-year-old, who has his sights on winning the Premier League title and European trophies with Arsenal, believes he and Luiz can do ‘great things together’ at the club.
Willian has revealed that a chat with David Luiz persuaded him to join Arsenal from Chelsea
Willian told the Gunners’ official website: ‘He [Luiz] is very happy. We played together in the national team, we played together at Chelsea, and now at Arsenal again.
‘I think we can do great things together, I hope so, but I’m very happy to be with him again.
‘He said, ‘Come to Arsenal, come to Arsenal, I want you to come!’ So that was the conversation.
32-year-old Willian has now joined Arsenal on a three-year deal worth £220,000-per-week
Willian called Luiz a ‘top player’ and says that they can do ‘great thing together’ at the club
‘He is a very nice guy, a top player and I’m very excited to play with him again. Of course [he helped in the past], many times. Many times when I had difficult times at Chelsea he was helping me a lot.
‘He is this kind of person that wants to help, especially young players without experience. He is the guy that helps everyone.’
Thanks to Luiz, the Gunners snapped up the Brazilian on a free transfer, with Willian set to earn an astonishing £220,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium.
Willian has committed to a three-year contract at the club, and has been handed the no 12 shirt.
The forward — who won the Premier League twice, the Europa League and FA Cup in a glittering Chelsea spell — will be looking to help the club improve on their disappointing eighth-place finish in the Premier League this season.
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