first_imgArteta is attracted to Willian’s experience and winning mentality (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have tracked Willian before but the deal is now being led by Arteta, who believes he is an ‘ideal’ signing to bring into the squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Brazilian ticks a number of boxes, most notably that he would be an experienced head in an otherwise young – and, at times this season, naive – squad and can help those younger players develop and fulfil their potential.The second big reason is that Arteta feels Willian can add a winning mentality and culture to the squad.Although he watched from the sidelines as Arsenal defeated Chelsea in the FA Cup last weekend, he has twice won the Premier League as well as the Europa League – finishing as the leading assister that season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalDespite the speculation surrounding his future, Willian has continued to train as hard and diligently as ever and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard would have liked to keep him.But the former Shakhtar and Anzhi winger has now ruled out staying at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal’s offer – and the role outlined to him by Arteta – is now the one he favours most. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 4 Aug 2020 12:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares The Gunners’ swoop for free agent Willian is being driven by Arteta (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal’s move to snap up Willian on a free transfer is being driven by Mikel Arteta with the head coach eager to add the Chelsea winger’s experience to his young squad, according to reports.The 31-year-old is out of contract with the Blues this summer and has reportedly elected to join the Gunners after they offered him a three-year deal, with the move expected to be announced in the coming days.While there have been critics of the deal who suggest it has been pushed by the increasingly influential Kia Joorabchian, The Athletic’s David Ornstein reports that Arteta is, in fact, the main driving force. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Comment Why Mikel Arteta pushed Arsenal bosses to sign Willian as Gunners close in on Chelsea star Willian out-scored all but two Arsenal players this season, Aubameyang and Lacazette (Getty)Moreover, Arsenal’s proposed salary is not the most lucrative Willian has been offered – with Inter Miami and another unnamed club offering more – but he is keen to work with Arteta and remain living in London.The connection with Arsenal technical director and compatriot Edu is also said to have played a role in Willian’s decision to pick Arsenal.Willian enjoyed a fine run of form after the season restart, scoring fives times and laying on three assists in his first six Premier League games back in action, ending the season with the most prolific campaign of his career.MORE: Willian to join Arsenal after rejecting late offers from Chelsea and Manchester UnitedMORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta puts nine players up for sale including Hector BellerinFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img