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Arsene Wenger has already given his verdict on Mikel Arteta and Edu’s Willian decision

Willian of Arsenal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 9, 2021 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

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Willian has been the worst signing of Mikel Arteta’s stint so far, scoring just one goal (his free-kick against West Brom last weekend) and registering five assists in 25 Premier League appearances. Three of the assists have come from set-pieces, while one was a diagonal switch to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

According to, the Brazilian is happy to stay at the Emirates this summer. He signed a three-year contract worth a reported £200,000 per week.

Arteta and Edu seek to rebuild the club to its former glory. The pair may have done well to listen to their old manager Arsene Wenger’s rule on the issue of handing out lengthy contracts to ageing players to save themselves another two years of hurt.

“It’s not over 30, it’s over 32. So when you have a player [who is] 32 he will just get a one-year contract,” Wenger explained in 2010. “It depends on the positions as well. If a central defender, then no problem to sign them until 34. But a striker is different. After 32 you go from year to year. A midfielder as well, after 32 you go from year to year.”

Wenger did get things wrong when it came to his contract policy, but in this instance, he was most definitely right.

“Take care of the values of the club” was his parting message to a packed Emirates Stadium as he left the club three years ago.

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