New Arsenal star Willian has revealed former Chelsea teammate David Luiz urged him to follow the path from Stamford Bridge to the Emirates.
The two Brazilians were close friends at Chelsea and they’ve teamed up once again after Arsenal signed Willian on a free transfer last week.
And speaking about his move to the Gunners, Willian admits his compatriot played a big role.
“He [David Luiz] is very happy,” Willian told Arsenal’s official website.
“We played together in the national team, we played together at Chelsea, and now at Arsenal again.
“I think we can do great things together, I hope so, but I’m very happy to be with him again.
“He said, ‘Come to Arsenal, come to Arsenal, I want you to come!’ So that was the conversation.
“He is a very nice guy, a top player and I’m very excited to play with him again.
“Of course [he helped in the past], many times. Many times when I had difficult times at Chelsea he was helping me a lot.
“He is this kind of person that wants to help, especially young players without experience. He is the guy that helps everyone.”
Willian won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and the Europa League during his seven years at Stamford Bridge.
The 32-year-old will wear the number 12 shirt for the Gunners and manager Mikel Arteta is confident he can have a positive impact.
“I believe he’s a player that can really make a difference for us,” Arteta said.
“We have been monitoring him for the past few months, we had a clear intention to strengthen in the attacking midfielder and the winger positions [and] he is a player that gives us a lot of versatility, he can play in three or four different positions.
“He has the experience of everything in the football world but to still have the ambition to come here and contribute to bring the club where it belongs.
“I have been really impressed with all the talks I have had with him and how much he wanted to come.”