Mikel Arteta says that the versatility of new signing Willian can make a difference for an Arsenal side that struggled creatively at times last season.
The 32 year old signed a three year deal with the Gunners this morning, and from his comment it seems the manager is viewing him as someone who can do more than play on the wings – where he spent most of his Chelsea career.
Arteta told the official website, “I believe he’s a player that can really make a difference for us.
“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 – he is a player that gives us a lot of versatility, he can play in three or four different positions.
“As well he brings a lot of quality and something that we need, which is winners. He has the experience to win almost everything in the football world but still the ambition to come here and contribute to bring the club where it belongs.
“Also financially, being a free transfer it really suits us at the moment.”
Asked about specific qualities he saw in the Brazilian that convinced him to bring him to the club, he continued, “His ability to play in those tight spaces, his ability to play people through, to unlock, to drive with the ball and create overloads, he is a goal threat as well both in open play and with set pieces.
“Again, it is the character that I want, the kind of player that when things get difficult in the game that wants to take responsibility, wants the ball and wants to win the game for the team.”
Let’s see what he can bring to the table, there’s certainly no need for adaptation to London or the Premier League, and let’s hope he can make a positive contribution for the duration of his contract.
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