Arsenal appear to be in a strong position to land Willian.
The winger has reportedly rejected another contract offer from Chelsea and is now set to become a free agent.
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It’s being reported by ESPN Brazil that the South American could now became a Gunner within days, with Mikel Arteta having supposedly given the deal the green light.
Willian will depart Stamford Bridge after seven years at the club, where he won five trophies including two Premier League titles.
Arsenal look primed to acquire the player’s services, with fans generally positive about the idea of him signing given a transfer fee will not be required.
The Emirates club stand to secure a vastly experienced player, who has a very good level of fitness, quality on the ball and set-piece ability.
That all said, any arrival of Willian – which seems likely at this point – could prompt struggles for young Reiss Nelson.
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If Willian signed for Arsenal, that would surely make regular minutes harder to come by for Nelson.
The England U21 international was used sparingly by Arteta during Project Restart, with Nicolas Pepe the preferred option at right-wing.
Nelson made two starts and four substitute appearances after the resumption, with his total time on the pitch equating to 166 minutes.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Pepe and youngsters Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka already in the mix, suddenly chances on either wing for Nelson look slim and things would only get tougher with Willian around.