Arsenal stars Willian and David Luiz tried to tempt Brazil team-mate to join

Brazilian midfielder Oscar has revealed his former Chelsea team-mates Willian and David Luiz attempted to persuade him to join them at Arsenal.

Oscar spent four and half seasons at Chelsea before leaving for Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.

In his time at Stamford Bridge, Oscar had a close relationship with Willian, Luiz and Ramires.

This summer, Luiz was joined by Willian at Arsenal after he left Chelsea on a free transfer.

There is a growing Brazilian influence at the Emirates with young forward Gabriel Martinelli and summer signing Gabriel Magalhaes.

And speaking in an interview with FOX Sports Brazil, Oscar said Willian and Luiz urged him to join the contingent.

“They called me, they came to call me,” Oscar said. “Because we have good communication, they talked to me: ‘Come to Arsenal, come here.’

“I have contract with Shanghai, Willian has ended his contract with Chelsea, but I’m happy that both are together again.”

Meanwhile, former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes the Gunners are capable of breaking into top four if they start the Premier League season strongly.

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Arsenal begin their season again Fulham and then West Ham before a tricky period of games which sees them play Liverpool, Sheffield United, Manchester City, Leicester City and Manchester United.

He told Sky Sports: “I’ve liked what I’ve seen from Arteta, you can see what he’s trying to achieve and what direction Arsenal are heading in.

“There is a plan, players are being sent out on the pitch with clear instruction and they know what they are doing.

“You don’t beat Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea by luck.

“Towards the end of last season they had a game plan and executed it well, the challenge for Arsenal now is to stick to that game plan every week, something they have not been great at in recent seasons.

“Their consistency levels have not been anywhere near where they should be and that’s why they are more of a cup team. On their day they can beat anyone but can also lose to anyone.

“The gap to the top four, at first glance, looks too big for them to close that quickly. That said, if they can get off to flying start, you never know where it could take them.”

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