Aston Villa may have issues with Arsenal’s transfer ordeal on the final day of the window, but as far as Arsene Wenger is concerned, he has nothing to hide when it comes to Andrei Arshavin moving to the London club.
“It was done in the last minute, but regularly. We have nothing to hide,” the Arsenal manager claimed. “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 just didn’t want to announce it as long as it wasn’t officially accepted.” (The Guardian)
The last minute swoop for Arshavin had been a deal in the making for some time. According to reports, both sides were already in London putting the final touches on the move, and for the most part, everything was already done and dusted. There appeared to be some loose ends that needed tying up before both sides could go forward.
Do you think Arsenal pulled a fast one on the Premier League with the transfer move, or is the rest of the league complaining because they couldn’t bring a player of Arshavin’s quality to their club as well?