Willian reveals what Mikel Arteta told him about Arsenal’s ambitious Champions League plan

Willian has revealed that Mikel Arteta’s lofty ambitions of winning the Champions League within the next three years convinced him to sign for Arsenal.

The winger made the switch to the Emirates on a free transfer after running down his contract at Chelsea. Willian brings plenty of experience to the north London club, having won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and the Europa League over a seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

The one trophy that has evaded the 32-year-old is the Champions League, and Arteta assured the Brazilian of a plan to win the competition by the time his three-year contract with the Gunners expires.

‘One of the reasons I wanted a three-year deal was to be part of a plan, not just a player passing through,’ the winger told SunSport. ‘When I talked with the manager he told me why he needed me for three years.

‘It was that he first wanted to qualify for the Champions League and win it by the time I left. That was what I wanted to hear. ‘I was at Chelsea for seven years and won everything except the Champions League. ‘Hopefully this move will give me the trophy I haven’t got as well as another Premier League title.’

Willian will be 35 when his three-year deal expires, but the winger insisted his physical condition will be of no concern. ‘My age is no big thing,’ the Brazil international added.

‘If you look after yourself, live right and train right, today’s players can still be at top level when they are 35. For me it is not a problem.

‘I have a lot to play for with Brazil too and I want to be at the next World Cup. ‘If I do well at Arsenal then that will happen.’