KEY POINTS

  • Willian reveals it was David Luiz who influenced himto make the move to Emirates Stadium
  • Willan thankful to David Luiz for helping him during hard times
  • Williand and Luiz hope to combine and aligh with Mikel Arteta's vision

Willian Borges da Silva got his three-year contract wish from Arsenal F.C. and the decision proved rewarding. He will earn roughly $290,000 a week with the new deal. Other than fulfilling those individual gains, making the move even sweeter is he will be reunited with former Chelsea F.C. teammate David Luiz.

it turns out that the relationship between Willian and Luiz played a role in the former moving to Emirates Stadium. The 32-year-old revealed how Luiz persuaded him to move to the Gunners and that their reunited tandem could result in something good for Arsenal. Willian said the following via the club's official site.

"I think we can do great things together, I hope so, but I'm very happy to be with him again," Willian said. "He said, 'Come to Arsenal, come to Arsenal, I want you to come!' So that was the conversation," he added.

When the two were still teammates at Stamford Bridge, Willian admitted that it was Luiz who helped him out during difficult times. He considered Luiz a top-class player, someone who is always out to extend a  helping hand to anyone - young and old.

"He is this kind of person that wants to help, especially young players without experience. He is the guy that helps everyone," Willian said.

Chelsea had the chance to retain Willian had they listened to his demands. The Brazilian was seeking a three-year deal, aware that this could be the last time he may be dangled a rich deal. The Blues opted to stand on their practice of handing out two-year contracts for players above 30. From there, it was the only opening that Arsenal needed to take in the Brazilian winger.

Now, Willian will try to align with Mikel Arteta's vision for the Gunners and appears ready to take on the new challenge. He is aware that he was brought in to bring in more trophies and is ready to buckle down to work.

"I come to try to win trophies because this club deserves to win again, and I think you have to do the best as possible to win every game. I always train hard and go on the pitch giving 100 percent to help this team to win games and to win titles as well," Willian said in a previous post.