‘That was what I wanted to hear’: Willian admits he decided to join Arsenal after Mikel Arteta revealed his plan to win the Champions League in three years.
- Willian said he joined Arsenal because of Mikel Arteta’s ambition to win trophies
- The coach told the winger that he wants to win the Champions League in three years
- The Brazilian left Chelsea after declining their offer for a new two-year deal
- Willian was unable to win the match during his seven years with the Blues
Willian has admitted he decided to join Arsenal after Mikel Arteta revealed his plan to win the Champions League in three years.
The winger left Chelsea at the end of his contract after declining an offer for a two-year extension.
Willian chose to travel across London to join the Gunners at the club and offered him a lucrative deal until 2023 – and Arteta’s ambition to win trophies helped him make the decision.
Willian said he joined Arsenal because of Mikel Arteta’s ambition to win the Champions League
The Spaniard told the winger that he wants to win the competition within three years
“One of the reasons I wanted a three-year deal was to be part of a plan, not just as a passing player,” said the winger. The sun.
‘When I spoke to the manager, he told me why he needed me for three years.
“It was that he wanted to qualify for the Champions League first and he wanted to win it by the time I left. That was what I wanted to hear.
‘I was with Chelsea for seven years and won everything but the Champions League.
The 32-year-old never got hold of the Champions League during his time with the Blues
Hopefully this move will get me the trophy I don’t have as well as a new Premier League title.
Frank Lampard was keen for the Brazilian to stay at Stamford Bridge, with the winger playing a key role in the club’s qualification for the Champions League.
The 32-year-old contributed four goals and two assists after the restart, but could only watch from the sidelines as the Blues were beaten by his new team in the FA Cup final.