Willian passes Arsenal medical after suffering injury at Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Aug 2020 11:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShares Advertisement Willian missed Chelsea’s last three games due to an Achilles injury (Getty Images)Meanwhile, Arsenal face a potential problem in midfield as reports in Spain claim that Real Madrid are now planning to keep Dani Ceballos.It’s claimed that Madrid’s hierarchy have been impressed with Ceballos’ performances under Mikel Arteta and the midfielder will now be given the chance to impress Zinedine Zidane during their pre-season campaign this summer.Zidane, who allowed Ceballos to leave on loan last year, will still have the final say over the 24-year-old’s future but Arsenal had been confident about keeping the midfielder for another season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal were already in the market for a new central midfielder this summer with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey one of their top targets.But the 27-year-old, who will only be sold if his €50 million (£44.9m) release clause is met, is understood to be demanding a £200,000-a-week salary.Partey’s potential arrival would inflate Arsenal’s wage bill even further as the club also need to commit in excess of £200,000 a week in order for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign a new deal.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Willian is closing in on his move to Arsenal (Getty Images)Willian has passed his medical with Arsenal as he closes in on completing a free transfer from Chelsea, according to reports in Brazil.The 32-year-old has already announced that he will be leaving Chelsea after spending seven years at Stamford Bridge.Willian has reportedly agreed a three-year contract with Arsenal and is now putting the finishing touches on his move to Mikel Arteta’s side.According to Esporte Interativo, Willian passed his medical tests with Arsenal on Tuesday after the examinations showed no complications.ADVERTISEMENTWillian had missed Chelsea’s last three matches, including the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal at Wembley, due to an Achilles injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut Arsenal are satisfied with Willian’s condition following his medical and are now poised to complete their first signing of the summer. Comment
Press Association Southampton director Les Reed said: “Jay is naturally disappointed, but is determined to get back playing for Saints as soon as possible. “Everything will be done to return him to full fitness and deliver a speedy recovery. “Jay has asked us to pass on his gratitude to everybody who has shown him their concern and sympathy during the 48-or-so hours since his injury. “Everyone at the club now wishes Jay well and we will support him, along with his family, to ensure that an international career plays a big part in his future.” The forward landed awkwardly during Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Manchester City and Southampton confirmed he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament. “Southampton Football Club can confirm that, following his injury on Saturday against Manchester City, Jay Rodriguez has been diagnosed as having suffered a rupture to his anterior cruciate ligament,” a statement on the club’s official website, www.saintsfc.co.uk, said. “This will keep him out of action for six months and regrettably means he will not be fit for selection by the English national team at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil. “The 24-year-old has already been scanned and has met with a specialist knee surgeon. He will be having a routine operation shortly. “The club will post any further updates once Jay’s rehabilitation is under way.” Southampton’s statement confirmed what many had expected given the way his right knee buckled beneath him. Rodriguez looked understandably tearful as he was taken off on a stretcher, receiving a standing ovation by both sets of fans at the Etihad Stadium. Roy Hodgson witnessed the incident first hand. The England manager has now lost another player to an anterior cruciate ligament injury after Arsenal forward Theo Walcott earlier in the year. Jay Rodriguez faces six months on the sidelines after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament, extinguishing the Southampton attacker’s hopes of going to the World Cup. The 24-year-old was in the running for a spot in England’s 23-man squad, having enjoyed a fine season with Saints in which he netted 17 goals. Such form saw Rodriguez handed his Three Lions debut in November’s friendly against Chile, but his hopes of a spot on the plane to Brazil have been cruelly taken away.