Willian snubbed Manchester United to join Arsenal from Chelsea this summer.
New reports in Brazil have claimed that the 32-year-old rejected the chance to move to Old Trafford as his contract at Stamford Bridge was coming to an end, before signing a three-year deal at the Emirates.
Frank Lampard insisted that he had no disappointment over the move having already brought in Hakim Ziyech, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might have been left frustrated.
The Blues lost to the Gunners in the FA Cup final earlier this month with Willian watching from the stands in his last outing as a player for the club he joined back in 2013.
Willian enjoyed seven years at Chelsea but left when his latest contract expired
ESPN Brazil have now offered some more insight into the move, claiming that United were also interested, but that they would only offer a contract with a two-year duration rather than three.
The report adds that Willian was never approached by Chelsea chiefs over signing a new deal, but was in contact with Barcelona, United, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and of course Arsenal.
In his official presentation, the former Shakhtar Donetsk forward said: “I like the way they play, everything is sensational.
“I think with Mikel Arteta, Arsenal have a great opportunity to fight for titles in the Premier League and Europe again, so I am very happy about that.
Arsenal unveiled new signing Willian on Friday
“I am very excited to start. I can’t wait to go to the field, play, help my teammates and help this club shine again.
“That’s what I want. When I spoke to Mikel, the conversation was good, he gave me confidence to come to Arsenal.
“He told me a lot of good things and that’s why I came to Arsenal.”
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