Date: 4th February 2009 at 12:58pm
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The signing of Andrey (not Andrei apparently) Arshavin had not been without it’s controversy, and just when you thought it was safe to back into the water, it reared it’s ugly head again.

Or should I say the tabloids reared their hideous vizogs.

Due to ‘adverse weather conditions’ the new year transfer window was thrown into turmoil as conducting business was made more difficult by the horrendous conditions, indeed only one member of the Premier League administrative staff made it in to work on Monday.

Confusion reigned supreme on Monday evening as no one on god’s green earth could tell you if Andrey had indeed signed for the Gunners, despite reports claiming the PL had received Arshavin’s registration papers …. long before the 5pm deadline.

The Premier League issued a statement saying Arsenal fans would have to wait till the day after to hear if the deal had be ratified …. which happened in due course.

However as always, those awesome investigative journalists in the tabloids saw that the official announcement that the Russian play-maker had signed for the North London club had come 24 hours after the deadline and deduced that that was when the transfer was completed.

This morning, the back pages of most of the rags were up in arms that Arsenal had bent the rules to capture their man, and practically urged our rivals to be enraged at the cheating Gooners.

Seemingly not happy with the accusations that they had been generous towards Arsenal, the Premier League have issued a statement to counter the tabloid rubbish insisting the deal WAS done on time.

A PL spokesman said, ‘Substantively, the deal was done before the deadline, it was lodged with us prior to the transfer window closing and we were satisfied that the deal was done in time.”

Case closed.