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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta backs veteran Willian to prove his long term worth

‘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…