Agent Kia Joorabchian takes aim at Jamie Carragher for questioning his role in Arsenal signings

Joorabchian was less than impressed with the Sky Sports pundit's comments
Joorabchian was less than impressed with the Sky Sports pundit’s comments (Picture: Getty Images)

Kia Joorabchian has launched a scathing attack on Jamie Carragher for questioning his role in Arsenal’s transfer dealings.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football earlier this week, the Liverpool legend branded recent Gunners signings David Luiz, Willian and Cedric a ‘joke’.

The trio are all represented by Joorabchian, and Carragher went on to question whether the agent was making signings at the Emirates.

Carragher branded the signings of Luiz, Willian and Cedric as a 'joke'
Carragher branded the signings of Luiz, Willian and Cedric as a ‘joke’ (Picture: Sky Sports)

He said: ‘I really like Arteta. There’s a lot of nonsense around the club – bringing players, buying players. I think some signings were a joke. In terms of bringing Willian in, Luiz in, Cedric in.

‘Is Kia Joorabchian making signings at the club?

‘Mikel Arteta has brought in Thomas Partey and Gabriel. They look like Arsenal’s two best players at this moment, certainly early stages this season.’

Joorabchian swiftly responded on Sky Sports on Tuesday, claiming Carragher needs to ‘check his facts before his speaks’ while he also took aim at the pundit on a personal level.

The agent referenced an incident from 2018 in which Carragher was suspended by Sky Sports for five months after spitting in the direction of a 14-year-old girl following an altercation with a fan.

Joorabchian said: ‘First and foremost, I understand Jamie’s job was saved by Gary Neville when he had that very bad incident and I understand he wants to protect this brand by making comments that are not correct.

‘I’m very surprised because Jamie is one of the people that monopolises Sky Sports commentary. Sky Sports producers pay a lot of money to him – hundreds of thousands, so I can’t understand why he doesn’t check his facts before he speaks.

‘The fact is I had nothing to do with the signing of Willian. If Jamie had bothered to check with Mikel [Arteta] or [technical director] Edu, they would have said Mikel presented three different times to convince Willian to be his number one signing at Arsenal.

‘He had an opportunity to stay at Chelsea and to go to two other Premier League clubs. [Inter] Miami made him a very nice offer. Mikel convinced him to stay.

‘Furthermore, David Luiz was in the same situation. Mikel spent a lot of time in lockdown to speak to him and persuade him to stay. Gabriel was on the list of at least three other clubs.

‘But the main point is – why do Sky pay Jamie Carragher so much money to talk rubbish? Surely he has the contacts through Sky or himself to make a phone call to Edu or even sky to put a question in through the press department.

‘Why make an assumption that is going to create an atmosphere that is very bad throughout the club?’

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