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Mikel Arteta to play Willian in new position after undergoing medical

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta plans on using Willian in a central position next campaign after the Brazilian seals his move to the Emirates from Chelsea.

The 32-year-old announced his departure from the blues on Sunday after seven years at the Stamford Bridge.

Willian was majorly used as a right winger at Chelsea, despite playing under five different coaches during his time at the the West London club.

But, Willian has always felt that he was used incorrectly at Chelsea and that his best position on the field is in a more central role behind a main forward.

Mikel Arteta clearly agrees with this and the Spaniard plans on using Willian in a no.10 role next season, according to the Mirror.

While Arsenal’s three-year deal offer is believed to have been vital in Willian’s move to the Emirates, Arteta’s plans for him have clearly influenced his thinking and he’ll be able star in a central role that he has always craved.

Willian is set to sign a three-year contract with the club, though he’ll take a salary cut from his £120,000-a-week deal with Frank Lampard’s side to earn around £100,000-per-week at Arsenal.

According to reports, The winger was in north London on Monday to complete his medical with Asrsenal and they are likely to announce his arrival this week.

Willian will become Arteta’s first signing of the summer but he may need to sell some players before spending any further.

Arsenal failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the fourth consecutive campaign and they announced in February – before the coronavirus crisis hit sport – a loss in operating profit.

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