Arsenal officially announce signing of Willian from Chelsea

Arsenal have completed the signing of Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea.

The Brazilian winger has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at the Emirates worth around £150,000-a-week.

He becomes Mikel Arteta’s first signing of the summer as the Gunners chief looks to overhaul his squad at the Emirates.

“I believe he’s a player that can really make a difference for us,” Arteta said.

“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.

“He has the experience of everything in the football world but to still have the ambition to come here and contribute to bring the club where it belongs.

“I have been really impressed with all the talks I have had with him and how much he wanted to come.”

Willian, 32, waved goodbye to Chelsea after the Blues only offered him a two-year contract extension.

He wrote an open letter to the Stamford Bridge faithful after confirming his exit over the weekend.

He wrote: “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. Today I am certain that it was the best of decisions. There were no 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.