Arsenal new boy Willian reveals how pal David Luiz convinced him to join club on free transfer from Chelsea

ARSENAL'S new signing Willian revealed close pal David Luiz convinced him to join the Gunners.

The winger, 32, left Chelsea when his contract expired last week.

And he made the switch across London on a free transfer, penning a three-year contract at the Emirates.

As well as his hefty wages and the long-term deal he was after, Willian said his compatriot played an important role in deciding his next move.

The Brazilian duo and former Chelsea team-mates will link back up again in the new season.

Willian told the Arsenal club website: "He's very happy. We played together in the national team, we played together at Chelsea, and now at Arsenal again.

"I think we can do great things together, I hope so, but I'm very happy to be with him again.

"He said, 'Come to Arsenal, come to Arsenal, I want you to come!' So that was the conversation.

"He is a very nice guy, a top player and I'm very excited to play with him again.

"Of course [he helped in the past], many times. Many times when I had difficult times at Chelsea he was helping me a lot.

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"He is this kind of person that wants to help, especially young players without experience. He is the guy that helps everyone."

Willian and David Luiz, 33, first met around the age of eight when they were both playing in their homeland.

They have represented the Selecao together but also spent four seasons at Stamford Bridge together, winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League.

And their close friendship is not just limited to football matters.

The pair co-own Babbo, a swanky Italian restaurant, attracting the rich and famous to wine and dine at their luxury place in London's Mayfair.

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