Kevin Phillips claims that Chelsea may regret not handing Willian a three-year contract as he closes in on a blockbuster Arsenal transfer.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that there is “every chance” that the Brazilian enjoys great success at Arsenal, especially if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stays.
Football Insider understands that the winger, who celebrated his 32nd Birthday today, is close to a move to the Emirates after they offered him a lucrative contract and huge signing-on fee.
The Blues have been criticised in the past for letting certain first team players leave with Kevin De Bruyne, Mohammed Salah and Romelu Lukaku all enjoying immense success after leaving Stamford Bridge.
Phillips insisted that the Brazil international is still at the peak of his physical powers.
“They may regret not handing Willian a three-year deal,” he told Football Insider.
“It is no surprise that he is close to joining Arsenal, it is just down the road and he obviously loves living in London.
“There is signs at Arsenal that they are moving in the right direction and the signing of Willian will improve them but only if Aubameyang stays. If they lose him it would be a huge blow.
“When you look at the history of the players that Chelsea have let go, some of them have gone on to enjoy great success and there is every chance that happens with Willian.
“But he has had a long stint at Chelsea and been a class player for them and perhaps it is now the time for him to move on. He looks just as fit as he ever did. I look forward to watching him in an Arsenal shirt next year.”