Chelsea winger Willian was in excellent form this weekend, scoring and registering an assist in the Blues’ 4-0 win over Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The Brazilian showcased his undoubted ability by scoring a stunning effort from outside the area, which made it 3-0 just after the half-time break. Despite Willian being a vital player for Chelsea, the former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder has been linked with a move away from the club next season, with the 31-year-old’s contract due to expire in June 2020.
He’s been linked with a number of clubs ahead of a possible free transfer this summer, including Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal. So, what kind of impact could Willian have at Arsenal next season?
To find out we loaded the popular football management simulation game Football Manager 2020 to have a bit of fun and try to predict Arsenal’s future with Willian in the team next season.
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Willian to Arsenal in 2020/21
To set up this simulation, we booted up the Football Manager 2020 editor and arranged for Chelsea star Willian to join Arsenal on a free transfer when his contract at Stamford Bridge expires on June 30, 2020.
We then simulated the entire 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons on the game, to see what kind of impact the Brazilian winger could have at the Emirates Stadium from next season.
We also used the updated 20.4.0 Football Manager database, which includes all the latest transfers from around the world following the January transfer window.
This is what Willian’s profile looks like in Football Manager 2020 as of June 30, 2020.
So what kind of impact did he have on his arrival at Arsenal?
Here’s how the simulation played out.
In addition to Willian’s arrival, the Gunners also completed the signings of Luiz Felipe (January), Everton, Jack Grealish, Ezequiel Unsain (January), Marco Kana and Mario Balotelli (free).
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