Arsenal title winner Perry Groves believes Willian would be an upgrade on Nicolas Pepe.

The 31-year-old has reportedly been offered a three-year deal to sign with the Gunners.

“It’s a no-brainer, an absolute no-brainer,” Groves said on talkSPORT.

“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 low.

“Is he better than what Arsenal have got at the moment [in that position?] 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.”


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