Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Arsenal ‘nothing to hide’ in Arshavin transfer

Arsene Wenger could be ready to hand new signing Andrei Arshavin his debut in the north London derby at Tottenham tomorrow - and declared Arsenal had "nothing to hide" over the Russian’s protracted transfer.

The move to land his number one target went right to the wire, with official confirmation of the deal not coming until almost a day after the transfer window had closed.

Reading manager Steve Coppell has labelled the whole saga "a sham", but Wenger (pictured), maintains all the correct procedures had been followed.

"It was done in the last minute, but regularly. We have nothing to hide," the Arsenal manager said.

"We just did the deal very late in the afternoon, sent it to the Premier League and they ratified it. Of course, we want everybody to question the deal.

“If the deal was not right we would have cancelled the transfer and accepted it. We have done nothing wrong.

"We were not the only one in this case. In every transfer window you have at least 10 or 15 clubs who have to wait until the next morning usually to get agreement from the Premier League.

"We just didn’t want to announce it as long as it wasn’t officially accepted."

Arshavin is currently jetting back from Russia after the formalities of obtaining a work permit were completed.

"I will see what kind of shape he is in tomorrow to see if he will be involved in the squad or not. We are not in a hurry with him," added Wenger.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife galleries

More

Latest Sport News

Stats Centre