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Paul Merson gives verdict on Arsenal signing Chelsea star Willian

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Paul Merson believes Willian will be an “unbelievable signing” for Arsenal and explained why the forward’s age makes no difference.

The Chelsea star is expected to sign a three-year deal with Arsenal next week after seven seasons at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal swooped to land the Brazilian after Chelsea refused to offer him a contract over two years in length.

Willian, who turned 32 on Saturday, is set to become one of the top earners at Arsenal on £150,000 per week.

But Merson reasoned why it was still a good investment for his former club despite Willian’s advancing years.

“Willian would be an unbelievable signing for Arsenal,” Merson told the Daily Star. “I think [he] is a special player who ticks all the boxes.

Merson feels Willian is an "unbelievable signing" for Arsenal
Merson feels Willian is an “unbelievable signing” for Arsenal

“I can’t believe Chelsea are letting him go to be honest.

“I know he’s 31 [now 32] 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.”

Chelsea had tabled an offer to keep Willian at the club but were not prepared to break their club policy on signing players over 30.

Arsenal have managed to beat off interest from some of Europe’s top clubs, including Barcelona and Inter Milan, with Willian’s desire to stay in the UK capital a key factor in his decision.

“He’s a special player and a blinding signing in my opinion,” Merson continued. “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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