Arsenal are set to announce the signing of Willian from Chelsea after he passed a medical at the club on Monday.
The Brazilian will make a switch to the Emirates on a free transfer as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his side in the transfer window.
Willian will become Arsenal’s first signing of the summer and is set to pen a three-year contract at the club.
The 32-year-old wrote a heartfelt statement confirming his exit from Stamford Bridge at the weekend.
“They were seven wonderful years. In August 2013 when I received the offer from Chelsea, I was convinced that this was where I had to play,” he said in a statement.
“Today I am certain that it was the best of decisions. There were so many happy times, some sad, there were trophies and it was always very intense.
“Yet, beyond the trophies, I learnt a lot about myself. I developed a great deal, becoming a better player and a better person.
“With each training session, with each game, with every minute spent in the dressing room, I was always learning.
“I am really grateful to the Chelsea fans for the affectionate way they welcomed me at Stamford Bridge and their support throughout my time at the club.
“There was also criticism, which is normal, what is important though is that both the affection and criticism drove me to always give my all in every training session, every game, to be constantly improving until my very last minute in a Chelsea shirt!”
Willian was in impressive form for Chelsea following the Premier League restart.
But with the Blues not willing to offer him a long-term contract he has decided to make a switch across London.
And the Evening Standard claim they are now very close to extending the contract of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The striker has been delaying signing a new deal for most of this season but after the Gunners qualified for the Europa League and Arteta has proven his ambition it now appears he wants to stay.
Arsenal are also tracking Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes as they look to close the gap on their rivals.
The signing of Willian is set to be announced this week with his medical passed at the Emirates.
Source: Daily Express
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