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Denilson urges Shakhtar star to sign

Arsenal midfielder Denilson has told Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Willian to snub a move to Chelsea, saying his style of play would be better suited to the Gunners.

The former Brazil Under-20 international has one year left on his contract and, with no sign of a new deal being agreed, he is expected to leave the Ukraine this summer.

Now Denilson is imploring Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to swoop for the 22-year-old, who helped fire Shakhtar into the quarter-finals of this season's Champions League, where they were eliminated by Barcelona.

"Willian would be perfect for Arsenal," Denilson said in the Daily Star. "I know him well from the Brazil youth team and he had a real winning mentality then.

"I've heard Chelsea are interested, but his character could improve our team and his style would fit much better at Arsenal. We need match-winners at Arsenal and knowing what he does for Shakhtar and the national team I know he could do the same in England.

"He has great vision and ability and is one of the best creative players I have played with. I've spoken to him and told him that he could be a success with us."

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