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first_imgThe super-agent has rubbished fears over his growing role at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Kia Joorabchian has swatted away concerns over his influence on Arsenal’s transfer business, instead attacking former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, while he says Willian will announce his next club soon.Arsenal controversially announced 55 redundancies last week, with the majority of the staff let go coming in the scouting department as technical director Edu and head of football Raul Sanllehi pivot towards a more contact-led approach to signings.One agent who looks set to play a big role in the Gunners’ transfer business is Joorabchian, who already represents David Luiz and Cedric Soares in the Arsenal squad and has reportedly offered them Willian and Philippe Coutinho. Comment Kia Joorabchian slams former Arsenal chief Sven Mislintat and provides Willian update Metro Sport ReporterThursday 13 Aug 2020 2:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Advertisementcenter_img Willian’s move to Arsenal should be announced in the coming days (Picture: Getty)‘He’s been under various managers, he’s won multiple trophies and he has a fantastic relationship with Frank [Lampard], he respected him a lot.‘But I think that particular cycle had come to a moment where it’s a good moment to leave. At the moment, just for now I can’t say where he’s going to go. But it won’t be long before we announce it. We know where he’s going, so it won’t be long.’MORE: Willian passes Arsenal medical after suffering injury at ChelseaMORE: Mikel Arteta plans on playing Willian in new position after move from ChelseaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Joorabchian took a surprising dig at Mislintat, who now works at Stuttgart (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s shift in approach has concerned a number of fans but Joorabchian has allayed those fears, saying the club are in much better hands now with Edu and Sanllehi than they were previously with Mislintat.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDenying he has any say on Arsenal’s transfer business, Joorabchian told talkSPORT: ‘People forget about the previous guy, Sven.‘He made a bunch of, I don’t like to use the word, but, cock-ups with players he brought in at very, very large numbers.’He added: ‘I actually think a lot of rumours have occurred and I don’t know why. But obviously I think when Covid happened there was not much to say so people figured David Luiz was the key picture to speak about.‘And the situation of David because he is a big player, he is an important player, created this vibe of: “Oh, I have such great influence at Arsenal”.’Back in January 2019, just 14 months after being prised away from Borussia Dortmund, Mislintat parted ways with Arsenal having signed the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sokratis, Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal are expected to announce the signing of former Chelsea winger and free agent Willian on a three-year contract worth £100,000-a-week, with Joorabchian confirming the Brazilian had chosen his next club – though refused to reveal his destination.He continued: ‘He is a free player. He had a fantastic seven years at Chelsea when he left [Anzhi]. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSOMERTON, Ariz. (Feb. 7-8) – Despite his lengthy record of success, Dylan Smith has never started a race season quite like this.Smith swept weekend IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified Winter Nationals features at Cocopah Speedway, earning $1,000 for each of his Friday and Saturday night victories. “It’s a great way to start the season,” said the former national champion and defending IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s king. “I’ve never won right out of the box like this before. It was kind of different for me.”Smith started Friday’s 25-lapper from outside row two and passed pole starter Kent Rosevear for the lead on the fifth circuit. Sixth starting R.C. Whitwell moved up to challenge on the inside before Smith took the faster lower line away. After encountering lapped traffic with eight to go, frontrunners were forced to use all three grooves to negotiate their way through the field. Smith took the win ahead of Whitwell, Marlyn Seidler, Justen Yeager and Ricky Thornton Jr. Yeager and Thornton both advanced 10 places from their spots on the initial grid. Saturday’s Modified main at Somerton was 30 laps and after starting third, Smith led the last 22 times around the oval. He was catching up with the back of the pack and was forced to evade a spinning car that brought out the caution just before midway.Smith again used the lower line to his advantage to drive through lapped traffic and collect his 90th IMCA career feature win. Thornton, the top driver in Winter Challenge Series point standings, ran a close second. Scott Drake, Jesse Sobbing and Yeager completed the top five. Brock Beeter won both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock features at Cocopah while Ben Kates and Chris Toth split Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod top honors. All three divisions are in action again Feb. 14 and 15 for Winter Nationals finales. Friday’s Modified main pays $1,000 to win while Saturday’s checkers are good for $3,000. Both events are also 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers. Feb. 7 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Dylan Smith; 2. R.C. Whitwell; 3. Marlyn Seidler; 4. Justen Yeager; 5. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 6. Ryan Roath; 7. Tim Ward; 8. Jesse Sobbing; 9. Jay Noteboom; 10. Scott Drake; 11. Jeff Streeter; 12. Larry Hood; 13. Bobby Horton; 14. Eric Center; 15. Russell Allen; 16. Chris Olexiewicz; 17. Keith Taber; 18. Aaron Mari; 19. Donald Robinson; 20. Tyler Mecl; 21. Michael Martin; 22. Kent Rosevear; 23. Mike Corning; 24. Ryan Gaylord.Hobby Stocks – 1. Brock Beeter; 2. Brad King; 3. Leonard Manos; 4. Brent Wofford; 5. Jason Beshears; 6. Andrew Sebastian; 7. Brian Johnson; 8. Craig Ebers.Northern SportMods – 1. Ben Kates; 2. Timmy Reese; 3. Chris Toth; 4. Josh Wood; 5. Keith Smith; 6. Cody Daffern; 7. Rick Diaz; 8. James Dupre; 9. Schannon Mohamed; 10. Eric Winemiller; 11. Sean Callens; 12. Nick Spainhoward; 13. Ron Pegues; 14. Joshua Cordova.Feb. 8 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Smith; 2. Thornton; 3. Drake; 4. Sobbing; 5. Yeager; 6. Seidler; 7. Noteboom; 8. Spencer Wilson; 9. Whitwell; 10. Gaylord; 11. Lance Mari; 12. Olexiewicz; 13. Allen; 14. Hood; 15. Robinson; 16. Horton; 17. Roath; 18. Steve Stultz; 19. Center; 20. Mecl; 21. Streeter; 22. Bert Beech; 23. Corning; 24. Ward.Hobby Stocks – 1. Beeter; 2. King; 3. Ebers; 4. Wofford; 5. Manos; 6. Sebastian; 7. Johnson.Northern SportMods – 1. Toth; 2. Kates; 3. Smith; 4. Reese; 5. Dupre; 6. Diaz; 7. Daffern; 8. Wood; 9. Callens; 10. Winemiller; 11. Mohamed; 12. Spainhoward; 13. Pegues.30last_img read more