Arsenal legend Ian Wright has said the arrival of Willian will have a positive impact on Gabriel Martinelli as he will have another “Brazilian team-mate to be involved with”.
The former Chelsea man confirmed his move across London last Friday after seven seasons with the Gunners’ rivals.
Willian brings winning experience to the Emirates Stadium, lifting two Premier League titles and a Europa League at Stamford Bridge.
But he is not the first Brazilian to arrive from Chelsea as he follows international team-mate David Luiz.
And Wright, who scored 185 goals in nearly 300 Arsenal appearances, believes this will benefit young compatriot Martinelli.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Wright said: “There’s that Brazilian connection and getting a player like Willian has got to be good for our young players because he’s a winner.
“The more winners we can get in there the better. David Luiz is a winner.
“I don’t care what anyone says, I will always come out and back David Luiz whatever happens because I know his heart is in the right place and he wants to do the right thing for our club.
“I think he will transfer that into Willian and Willian will start feeling what we’re about.
“That’s only going to help Gabriel Martinelli, to have two experienced compatriots and Brazilian team-mates that he’s being involved with.
“I look at it from a playing point of view and it’s win-win for me.”
The Gunners legend went on to explain how the club would benefit from Willian’s title-winning experience.
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“Obviously there’s people talking about Willian’s age and where he’s come from, but you only need to listen to Mikel and how he speaks about a player like Willian,” Wright added.
“Of course, yes it is short-term but when you look at where we are at the moment, our financial restraints in respects of the money that we have or haven’t got, I think it’s a magnificent signing when you look at somebody of his calibre.
“I think at this stage of his career coming to Arsenal with the young players we’ve got, with the experience he brings got and the creative ability and the fact he can play in different positions and you’ve heard Mikel speak about it… I just feel that it’s a brilliant deal for us, where we are.”
Willian will not be the last arrival at Arsenal this summer, though, as sporting director Edu is eyeing two more transfers.
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