Mikel Arteta says he has already been impressed by Willian’s mentality following his move to Arsenal.
Speaking last week, Willian revealed a key factor behind his move to Arsenal was Arteta’s plan to win the Champions League within three seasons.
And Arteta admits he was immediately impressed by Willian’s attitude after he first met the Brazilian.
When asked about Willian’s ambition to win the Champions League, Arteta replied: ‘Well, it is the right spirit!
‘I want players who are optimistic and willing and they want to win for our club.
‘That is the feeling I got from the first day I met Willian.
‘He is not satisfied with what he has done in his career, which is a lot, and he is going to bring some special qualities for our team, and the type of attitude and mentality that you just mentioned in your question.’
Asked if Willian will feature in the Community Shield against Liverpool this Saturday, Arteta replied: ‘I don’t know.
‘We’ll make the decision tomorrow on who is going to play and who is going to be involved, but for sure they’re going to see our signings playing a lot of minutes this season.
‘Obviously it’s not an ideal moment to play in this final but the players are motivated. Obviously it’s another opportunity to win a trophy and we will go for it.’