Arsenal transfer news: Oscar reveals Willian and David Luiz urged him to join club


Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar has revealed that Arsenal’s David Luiz and Willian attempted to persuade him over a move to north London this summer. 

Oscar, who played alongside the duo at Chelsea, joined Shanghai SIPG in 2017 after twice winning the Premier League with the Blues.

“They called me, they had to call me. Because we have good communication. Sometimes I talk to them. They said ‘come to Arsenal, come here’,” he told Fox Sports Brasil.

“But for me it’s a little more difficult. I have a contract with Shanghai, it’s a little more difficult to leave.’

Oscar, who recently turned 29, still has four years remaining on his contract but did admit that he “really wants to go back to Europe” before the end of his career.

“I really want to go back to Europe. [But] Not now. At the moment I’m well here in China, I still have my contract here, which I hope to fulfil,” he continued.

“Of course the first club I’d choose if I could go back to Europe is Chelsea, for sure, which is the club that I built a very beautiful history with.

“And when I was a child I watched the Italian league a lot because there were many Brazilians there. So there are some teams from Italy that I like a lot, like Inter, Milan.

“So I’d think about going to the Italian league if I return one day.”