‘What player has gone to Arsenal and not been a total DISASTER?!’: Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchian says ‘something has gone wrong and the project hasn’t worked’ in scathing attack on Gunners after his client gave up £22m to get out
- Willian has left Arsenal after a disastrous 12 months since joining from Chelsea
- The Brazilian agreed to terminate his contract which was worth £22m to leave
- He is expected to join Brazilian side Corinthians where he have a large pay cut
- His agent Kia Joorabchian has hit out at the club following his client’s exit
- He questioned what player has gone to Arsenal and ‘not been a disaster’
Willian’s agent has launched a scathing attack on Arsenal after his client gave up his £22m contract to leave the club.
Arsenal confirmed on Monday that they and the player had agreed to mutually terminate his contract, following a disastrous 12 months in north London.
The Brazil international has joined Corinthians where he will take a large pay cut from the £220,000 per week deal he was on at the Emirates.
Willian has left Arsenal after giving up his £220,000 a week contract at the club
As reported by The Sun, his agent Kia Joorabchian has hit out at Arsenal following Willian’s exit just a year after he joined from rivals Chelsea.
He said: ‘He didn’t go (to Arsenal) for the money. He went for the project and the project wasn’t there.
‘What player has gone to Arsenal recently and has not been a disaster?’ Willian wasn’t the problem.’
His agent Kia Joorabchian questioned what player Arsenal have signed recently ‘hasn’t been a disaster’
His exit ends a disastrous 12 months at the club following his arrival from rivals Chelsea
He added: ‘Willian doesn’t blame Arteta. We all want Mikel to do well.
‘Even as fans, they may be disgruntled at the moment but any of fan of any football club always wants the best. At the moment the project has not worked, it’s not about Willian.’
After completing a move to Corinthians, Willian also rel ieased a statement where he admitted that things hadn’t worked out at the Gunners since his arrival last year.
Willian said on Instagram: ‘Unfortunately things on the pitch didn’t go the way we had all planned and hoped, I received a lot of criticism especially from some members of the press that I had come here for financial reasons.
‘I hope with my actions today explain to those people and they now understand that was not the case. I hope it teaches some people that they should not be so quick to pass judgement and create bad environments to make themselves important even though I accept that’s part of the game.
‘All my career I have done everything to be the best I can be I always want to win and I find it hard to accept not doing so. Unfortunately it didn’t happen for me at Arsenal and I am sorry about that.’
He added: ‘To the Arsenal fans I am sorry we never got to meet properly due to the pandemic but I know your desire for success and your support for the club is incredible so I wish you all the best for the future because you deserve it. To everyone else involved with this historic club I wish you all the best for the future.’
Arsenal have been actively looking to offload Willian this summer before he terminated his contract with two years left.
The move ends Willian’s eight-year stay in England, where he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup crown and the 2018-19 Europa League while at Stamford Bridge.
The Brazilian – who also netted 63 goals as a Blues player – is expected to be one of several departures at Arsenal before the transfer window slams shut on Tuesday night.
Willian scored just one goal in 37 appearances for Arsenal across all competitions