Arsenal announced the signing on Willian on Friday, with the winger putting pen-to-paper at the Emirates.
The Brazilian’s seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge came to an end after his contract expired this month.
And the Gunners moved quickly to seal his signature, offering a three-year deal worth in the region of £100,000-a-week.
Speaking to the official club website, Willian explained his reasons for joining the Gunners and hailed head coach Mikel Arteta.
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“[I like] the way they play, everything is amazing – the stadium, and I think that with Arteta, Arsenal have a great opportunity to fight again for titles in the Premier League and in Europe so I’m very happy because of that,” Willian told Arsenal Digital.
“I’m excited to start. I can’t wait to go on the pitch and do my thing to help my team-mates and to help this club to shine again. That’s what I want.
“When I talked to [Mikel], the conversation was good, he gave me confidence to come to Arsenal. He said a lot of good things to me and that’s why I have come to Arsenal.”
Willian announced the move on his Instagram page, with several of his former Chelsea teammates wishing him luck – including new Blues signing Hakim Ziyech.
The Gunners winger uploaded a picture, with the caption: “Today is the start of a new challenge at the next stage of my career!
“I’m excited about the Arsenal project and am grateful to the management team at the club for all their efforts and their trust in me.
“I now look forward to getting back on the pitch, training and playing alongside my new teammates and being able to repay all the faith shown in me!
“I am sure that these will be successful times for all of us!
“I’d also like to thank my family for all their support during this period and for always being by my side!”
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