Arsenal have signed Willian on a free transfer following the winger’s exit from Chelsea.

The Brazilian has signed a three-year deal worth around £100,000-a-week to become Mikel Arteta’s first summer signing.

The 32-year-old’s preference was to remain at Stamford Bridge, but long negotiations over a new contract broke down as Willian was looking for a three-year commitment and Chelsea were only willing to offer two.

Arsenal were happy to meet Willian’s demands and the winger confirmed on Sunday in an open letter to fans that his seven years as a Blue had come to an end.

It is hoped Willian’s arrival will tempt club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to agree a contract extension as Arteta’s vision for the Gunners takes shape.

Evening Standard