Willian: Arteta told Brazil winger is better than Pepe, will make Gunners stronger

A former Arsenal midfielder, Perry Groves, has urged manager, Mikel Arteta, to conclude the signing of Chelsea winger, Willian, this summer because he would make the Gunners’ stronger’.

Groves also believes that Willian is far better than Arsenal’s record signing, Nicolas Pepe.

DAILY POST recalls that Arsenal had already made a formal three-year contract offer to Willian.

The deal will see the Brazil international earn more than £100,000-a-week at the North London club.

Willian, 31, will be a free agent once Chelsea’s Champions League campaign concludes this month after he recently rejected the Blues’ latest offer to sign a new two-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

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“It is a no-brainer, an absolute no-brainer,” Groves told talkSPORT on Arsenal’s pursuit of Willian.

“You say he is 31, in our day you were probably coming to the end of your career at 30, 31 as an outfield player.

“Now, because they look after themselves, he will be playing until he is 33 or 34.

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“And if you look at his injury record, over the last 7 years he has averaged 33 or 34 games a season, so he is not injury prone, he is consistent, he is got a winning mentality, he’ll buy into the way that Arteta wants to play, his attitude is good, he plays in the Premier League, so the risk is low and reward is very, very high.

“Is he better than what Arsenal have got at the moment? I would say yes. He is experienced.

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“Yeah [Willian is better than Pepe] . Yes [Pepe has got great potential] but he is not on Willian’s level of consistently delivering, he has had his best goalscoring year.

“Willian would make Arsenal a stronger team. It is a no-brainer.”


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