Willian bought into Mikel Arteta’s “incredible project” at Arsenal, according to his agent Kia Joorabchian, who says the ex-Chelsea star was “wooed” by the Arsenal boss.
Arsenal announced the arrival of Willian on a free transfer on August 14, as they snapped up the winger on a three-year deal following his departure from Stamford Bridge.
Joorabchian says that a lucrative £220,000 per-week deal was not the main draw to Emirates Stadium for his client, who was blown away by the current Arsenal head coach’s long-term vision for the club.
“With Willian, there’s no secret he wanted a three-year contract, but the Mikel Arteta project was just incredible,” the agent told talkSPORT.
“He was very much wooed by Mikel and [technical director] Edu, and what Mikel presented to him and the way he wants to play football, the way he wants to continue and the success he wants to bring to Arsenal, made the difference.
“That’s what he said and that’s exactly what it was.”