The 31-year-old was locked in talks over fresh terms to remain at Stamford Bridge, but, has chosen to move on after Chelsea refused to offer him the long-term deal he had demanded. Two years were on the table but the player wanted three.
Frank Lampard was keen to retain Willian and extend his seven-year spell in West London, but, Arsenal has stepped in to seal the deal on a free transfer. Reports say the switch is expected to be officially announced by both parties later this month.
Blues boss, Lampard, is even said to have appealed to Chelsea’s hierarchy directly to bring an end to the impasse surrounding Willian’s renewal, but, his pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
Kia Joorabchian, Willian’s representative, recently claimed that five clubs were competing to snap up the winger in a bargain deal.
Two of the interested parties were Premier League clubs, with Everton said to have been one of them.
Willian won two league titles, the FA Cup, the EFL Cup and the Europa League at Chelsea.