Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 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.

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