Ian Wright hails Willian signing and backs forward to help Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli

Arsenal Unveil New Signing Willian
Willian swapped the blue of Chelsea for the red and white of Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)

Ian Wright believes Willian joining Arsenal on a free transfer is a ‘magnificent’ deal for his former club and claims the Brazilian’s arrival is only going to have a positive impact on fellow countryman Gabriel Martinelli.

Willian, 32, put an end to months of speculation over his Chelsea future by putting pen to paper on a three-year deal at Arsenal worth around £220,000-a-week.

There has been some surprise about the length of Willian’s contract since the move was announced and Wright admits he understands these questions from fans and pundits, considering the forward is in the twilight years of his career.

Willian all smiles in Chelsea training
The Brazilian’s contract expired at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

But the legendary ex-Arsenal striker has full confidence in Mikel Arteta’s decision-making process and predicts the move will turn out to be a savvy piece of business for the Gunners.

‘Obviously there’s people talking about Willian’s age and where he’s come from but you only need to listen to Mikel and how he speaks about a player like Willian,’ Wright said on his official YouTube channel.

‘Of course, yes it is short-term but when you look at where we are at the moment, our financial restraints in respects of the money that we have or haven’t got, I think it’s a magnificent signing when you look at somebody of his calibre.

‘I thought he was excellent for Chelsea last season. He didn’t play as often as he would have liked but every time he played he would bring something and create something and the different positions he can play in.

‘I think at this stage of his career coming to Arsenal with the young players we’ve got, with the experience he brings got and the creative ability and the fact he can play in different positions and you’ve heard Mikel speak about it… I just feel that it’s a brilliant deal for us, where we are.

‘I’m not going to argue with people about the length of time. Of course, it’s a long time for a player of his age to get in respects of his contract. You can question that. If I’m Willian, I’d probably try and go for the same amount of time.

‘But if he can be a part of creating enough. Because let’s face it, we didn’t create nowhere near enough from our midfield last season. It’s not a slight on the players, it just didn’t happen for us.

‘I thought Dani Ceballos was, towards the end of the season, magnificent in the way he played and maybe fingers crossed that might happen.’

Ian Wright speaking on his official YouTube channel
Wright thinks Arsenal have completed a ‘magnificent’ deal for Willian

Wright says the addition of a serial winner like Willian is only going to help in the development of young Arsenal attacker Martinelli.

He added: ‘He creates chances and scores goals and that’s what we need. There’s that Brazilian connection and getting a player like Willian has got to be good for our young players because he’s a winner. The more winners we can get in there the better.

‘David Luiz is a winner. I don’t care what anyone says, I will always come out and back David Luiz whatever happens because I know his heart is in the right place and he wants to do the right thing for our club. I think he will transfer that into Willian and Willian will start feeling what we’re about.

‘That’s only going to help Gabriel Martinelli, to have two experienced compatriots and Brazilian team-mates that he’s being involved with. I look at it from a playing point of view and it’s win-win for me.

‘I’m delighted he’s there and fingers crossed it works out for him.’

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