‘He is a player who does not miss matches… he can drive this club forward’: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta backs veteran Willian to prove his long term worth after 32-year-old’s summer arrival on three-year-deal worth £220,000-a-week
- Willian raised eyebrows after penning long term deal at the Gunners
- The winger signed from Chelsea where he started 38 games last season
- But Mikel Arteta believes the desire and ambition from Willian will shine through
- Arsenal take on Everton to begin their Premier League campaign on Saturday
Mikel Arteta admits his own experience does not provide the finest example but expects Willian to make a long-term contribution at Arsenal.
The three-year deal signed by the 32-year-old Brazilian is a culture shift at a club where the policy for many years under Arsene Wenger was to offer players over 30 deals of no more than 12 months.
‘Don’t compare him to me, I am a bad example,’ said Arteta, who retired at the age of 34 and barely played in the Premier League during the final 18 months of his career.
Willian trains with his…