Willian Borges da Silva is believed to be moving to Emirates Stadium after Chelsea F.C.'s Champions League game this weekend against Bayern Munich. Reports are coming out that the Gunners were able to give the Brazilian his coveted three-year deal, something the Blues were not open to giving.
Willian remains questionable for that match and may not even play. He missed the Blues FA Cup final match, ironically against Arsenal. BBC reported that no formal agreement is in place between Willian and the Gunners but this could be out by the weekend. If so, he would follow David Luiz who made the jump from Stamford Bridge to Emirates Stadium.
At 31, it is understandable why Willian is seeking a three-year pact. It could be the last time he would get the chance at a lucrative deal and the Brazilian wants to make the most out of it. The problem is Chelsea is standing with its practice of not offering anything over two years for players beyond 30. Critics felt Willian could have been an exception but management opted to stand pat on their offer.
Previously, Willian said he would immediately sign a three-year contract once it was offered to him. There were reports that the Blues were ready to give him that. But it turns out the Blues preferred a two-year term instead. Frank Lampard tried to persuade management about Willian's case but his efforts have gone for naught. Unless something comes up in the next days, a move to Emirates Stadium appears to be imminent for Willian.
If he does move on, it would be an unfortunate end to Willian's run with the Blues. Since arriving, he has made 339 appearances and has garnered several honors. That includes winning two Premier League titles and the club's player's player of the year twice.
Willian's departure would be a big blow to Lampard who is already trying to address his midfield problems. Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have joined the Blues but more players are needed. Kai Havertz is another name linked to Chelsea but nothing has progressed as of this writing.
For the Gunners, Willian's potential inclusion would be a bit of a reprieve for Arteta. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has yet to decide on whether to stay or go. A decision is expected to be made soon with the Gabon captain believed to be staying at Emirates Stadium.
Adding Willian further pushes the possibility of Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil leaving Arsenal. Both have not seen action since the football restart and it appears the stints of both have come to a close.