Paul Merson explains why Willian would be an ‘unbelievable’ signing for Arsenal

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Paul Merson says Willian ‘ticks all the boxes’ for Arsenal and is surprised Chelsea are willing to let him leave.

The Brazilian is on the verge of making the switch to the Emirates with the Gunners willing to offer him the three-year deal he is demanding.

Despite turning 32 later this week, Willian has been one of the Blues’ most consistent performers, registering nine goals and seven assists in the Premier League this season.

Arsenal legend Merson believes the winger is a ready-made talent that will immediately improve Mikel Arteta’s side.

‘Willian would be an unbelievable signing for Arsenal,’ Merson told the Daily Star.

‘I think Willian is a special player who ticks all the boxes. I can’t believe Chelsea are letting him go to be honest.

Willian would follow Luiz in moving from Chelsea to Arsenal
Willian would follow Luiz in moving from Chelsea to Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I know he’s 31 and wanted a three-year contract but football is all about now, and right now he’s a great player.

‘No manager is thinking about what might happen in three or four years’ time. They need results now, so it’s no surprise to me Frank Lampard doesn’t want him to go.

‘Arteta won’t be Arsenal manager forever. He needs to win now. Willian can help him do that.

‘He’s a special player and a blinding signing in my opinion. Okay, he probably won’t be pulling up any trees in his third year, but who cares? He ticks every box.

‘He won’t have to settle in London because he’s been here for years and his family love the place.

‘He won’t have to adapt to a new league because he’s already a proven performer for a top club here.

‘So he should be able to hit the ground running because he won’t need loads of time to adapt like a player coming in for big money from a foreign club.

‘He’s quick and he works hard and he has plenty of experience. He also has that guile that Arsenal sometimes lack. He could even play as a No.10.’

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