Coppell: Andrey’s Arsenal move is a ‘total sham’

Coppell says Andrey Arshavin’s transfer to Arsenal is a ‘total sham’, after the Premier League let the Russian join the Gunners 24 hours after the transfer window closed.

He said: “The whole thing is a total sham.

“You are looking for the governing body to show leadership and you want rules to be rules rather than rules to be bent.

“The whole transfer window and its policing are on a par with each other.

“The transfer window benefits the wealthier clubs. Why bother with the pretence?

“Now we go into the even bigger pretence of the emergency loan system, which is ridiculous.

“It always has been and always will be. It’s just a way of bending the rules.”