Willian would be a huge statement signing for new Arsenal boss Unai Emery

Arsenal should move now for Chelsea star Willian, rated at £34.2m by Transfermarkt, following a report from the Daily Record that the Manchester United board will not release funds to buy the winger.

What’s the word?

Judging by the media reports all summer, Arsenal have been on the hunt for a new winger in order to bring some added zest down the flanks.

Manager Unai Emery has been successful in the transfer window so far having brought in five new faces.

Right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner was the first to enter the welcome gates at the Emirates, and he was followed by goalkeeper Bernd Leno, defender Sokratis, midfielder Lucas Torreira and youngster Matteo Guendouzi.

Even though those players are positive signings, the Gunners could do with a big name to make a statement to their rivals.

Willian has been linked to the club before, and it is time that Arsenal reignite their interest in the Chelsea winger.

Do the Gunners have a chance?

For a while it has seemed that the Brazilian will be heading to Manchester United if he leaves Stamford Bridge.

However, the Daily Record claims that the powers at be are refusing to hand Jose Mourinho funds to spend on the 29-year-old as they feel that he is too old.

This would give Arsenal a great opportunity to swoop in and perhaps strike their own deal, but money could be a problem.

The North London outfit have already spent a hefty amount on what was thought to be a tight budget.

It is likely that the Blues would demand a significant fee, particularly because Willian’s contract does not expire for another two years.

It may be a long shot, but the Brazilian could be just what Arsenal need this season as he scored goals and creates them for his teammates, and would provide some pace and quality in wide areas they are probably lacking in right now.

Since joining Chelsea in 2013, Willian has scored 25 goals and made 25 more in 166 Premier League outings.

If Arsenal want to push themselves back among the top four then they need to be targeting players of the Brazilian’s calibre.