Mikel Arteta hopes new signing WIllian will help to improve two Arsenal players

Mikel Arteta hopes new signing Willian can make an immediate impact at Arsenal
Mikel Arteta hopes new signing Willian can make an immediate impact at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta is confident new signing Willian can make an immediate impact both on and off the pitch at Arsenal.

The 32-year-old ended months of speculation surrounding his future on Friday after he agreed a deal that saw him become the second player in the space of 12 months to swap Stamford Bridge for the Emirates Stadium.

David Luiz, after a turbulent start to his Gunners career, has a emerged as a key component of Mikel Arteta’s new-look side, earning a contract extension as much for the work he has done behind the scenes, mentoring Arsenal’s younger players.

The defender’s compatriot and former Chelsea team-mate is likely to operate on the wing or in a central attacking role, providing competition for Arsenal’s clutch of wide forwards.

According to the Guardian, Arteta is hopeful that Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka, in particular, will benefit from training and playing alongside a player of Willian’s considerable experience and pedigree.

Arsenal confirmed the signing of Willian on a free transfer
Arsenal confirmed the signing of Willian on a free transfer (Picture: Getty)

Speaking about the qualities of his new recruit, Arteta said: ‘I believe he’s a player that can really make a difference for us.

‘We have been monitoring him for the past few months, we had a clear intention to strengthen in the attacking midfielder and the winger positions [and] he is a player that gives us a lot of versatility, he can play in three or four different positions.

‘As well he brings a lot of quality and something that we need, which is winners. He has the experience to win almost everything in the football world but still the ambition to come here and contribute to bring the club where it belongs.

‘It is many of his qualities [that appeal]. One is his ability to play in those tight spaces, his ability to play people through, to unlock, to drive with the ball and create overloads, he is a goal threat as well both in open play and with set pieces.

‘Again, it is the character that I want, the kind of player that when things get difficult in the game that wants to take responsibility, wants the ball and wants to win the game for the team and I think it is going to be a really good lift for all the players as well in terms of the quality we are bringing to the squad.’

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