The 31-year-old player rejected Chelsea’s latest two-year contract extension offer demanding three years or no deal.
The Blues have a long-standing policy of not offering players aged 30 or over any more than one-year extensions.
The club believed they had compromised enough and played hardball with the ex-Shakhtar Donetsk star.
And Arsenal have taken advantage of the West London stand-off by handing Willian a three-year contract worth £100,000 per week.
Willian has two offers on table
The player’s agent Kia Joorabchian recently told talkSPORT his player has had two offers from Premier League clubs.
And he claimed that five clubs in all were interested in a deal, including one from the MLS.
“We had big offers – one from MLS which required him to move on July 1 – but he’s always wanted to finish the season at Chelsea and the day after the season has finished he would decide.”
“He has two concrete offers from Premier League clubs on the table, an offer from an MLS club, and two other offers from Europe.”
“He is going to make his decision after the last game of the season,” he noted.
Joining Mikel Arteta’s rejuvenated side and the chance to work with fellow Brazilian Edu are the reasons Arsenal are favourites to secure Willian’s signature.
The Gunners have made a formal three-year contract offer to Willian, still some way short of the terms offered by Barcelona and Inter Miami.
Willian made 47 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions and finished the season in fine form with four Premier League goals after the restart.
Frank Lampard has admitted his side need to improve defensively, but that Chelsea would need to sell before they can buy.
They have already spent big in the attacking areas by bringing in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
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