Chelsea star Willian has reportedly agreed on a three-year contract worth £100,000-per-week with Arsenal.

The 31-year-old was locked in talks over fresh terms to remain at Stamford Bridge but has chosen to move on after the club refused to offer him the long-term deal he had demanded.

Frank Lampard was keen to retain Willian and extend his seven-year spell, but Arsenal has stepped in to seal the deal on a free transfer.

The news comes just a day after Arsenal announced 55 members of staff would be made redundant.

The club’s decision was met with widespread criticism, but the head of football Raul Sanllehi and manager director Vinai Venkatesham justified the sweeping job cuts as necessary in order to continue to bring in new additions.

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