Please Wait . . .

‘Willian’s better than Pepe & a no-brainer for Arsenal’ – Groves backs swoop for Chelsea contract rebel
Dark Mode
Top Leagues
06-Aug-2020, 03:09 pm

‘Willian’s better than Pepe & a no-brainer for Arsenal’ – Groves backs swoop for Chelsea contract rebel


Willian Nicolas Pepe

Snapping up Willian if the Chelsea forward hits free agency is a “no-brainer” for Arsenal, says Perry Groves, with the Brazilian considered a better option in a wide role than club-record signing Nicolas Pepe.

Pepe did offer glimpses of what he is capable of, but a debut campaign in English football proved testing for a man who ended up with just eight goals and 10 assists to his name.

Having invested so much faith and funds in the 25-year-old, Arsenal can be expected to persist with a big-money buy.

They are, however, exploring their options when it comes to bringing in even more firepower.

It could be that a proven Premier League performer can be lured across London from Stamford Bridge, with Willian approaching the end of his contract at Chelsea.

Groves believes Mikel Arteta should be in the market for the experienced South American, as he could be an upgrade on Pepe and still has plenty left in the tank despite being 31 years of age.

“It’s a no-brainer, an absolute no-brainer,” Groves told talkSPORT on Arsenal’s pursuit of Willian.

“You say he’s 31, in our day you were probably coming to the end of your career at 30, 31 as an outfield player.

“Now, because they look after themselves, he'll be playing until he’s 33 or 34.

“And if you look at his injury record, over the last seven years he’s averaged 33 or 34 games a season, so he’s not injury prone, he’s consistent, he's got a winning mentality, he will buy into the way that Arteta wants to play, his attitude is good, he plays in the Premier League, so the risk is low and reward is very, very high.

“Is he better than what Arsenal have got at the moment? I’d say yes. He’s experienced.

“Yeah Willian is better than Pepe. Yes Pepe has got great potential but he’s not on Willian’s level of consistently delivering, he's had his best goalscoring year.

“Willian would make Arsenal a stronger team, it’s a no-brainer.”

Groves also believes that the Gunners need to be paying club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang whatever he wants in order to sign a new contract, with the Gabonese striker having entered the final 12 months of his current terms.

“I don’t care, as an Arsenal fan, and I know we’re in difficult financial times," Groves added.

“If they said, ‘Aubameyang’s on £400,000-a-week, £500,000-a-week,’ it wouldn’t bother me at all because some players warrant it.


Source : goal.com

Recommended News :

Betting

Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid

Real Madrid vs Real Valladolid Bettin...

Real Madrid play their first home match of the new La Liga season on Wednesda...
Naby Keita Liverpool 2020-21

Liverpool vs Arsenal Betting Tips: La...

Liverpool and Arsenal both have a chance to go top of the Premier League when...
Ezri Konsa, Aston Villa, Premier League 2020-21

Fulham vs Aston Villa Betting Tips: L...

Fulham are looking for their first Premier League win of the season when they...
Kalvin Phillips Helder Costa Patrick Bamford Leeds 2020-21

Sheffield United vs Leeds United Bett...

Sheffield United will be determined to get off the mark when they welcome Lee...
Harry Kane Heung min Son Tottenham 2020-21

Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United...

Tottenham will look for their fourth consecutive win in all competitions on S...

Transfer

Dele Alli Tottenham 2020-21

'I have only respect' - Mourinho hint...

Jose Mourinho says it is "possible" Dele Alli makes a return to the Tottenham...
maitland-niles arsenal manchester united

Arsenal dismiss Maitland-Niles links ...

Arsenal are stepping up their attempts to move players out before Monday’s tr...
Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona, Man Utd badge

'It's up to Barcelona & Dembele' - Ko...

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has issued a response to the rumours linking Ous...
Tiemoue Bakayoko Chelsea 2019

PSG in talks with Bakayoko as Chelsea...

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is in talks with Paris Saint-Germainover ...
Andrej Kramaric Robert Lewandowski GFX

Leicester flop to Lewandowski's repla...

Andrej Kramaric set himself a goal before the 2020-21 season started."Many st...
image-top-scroll
`