who’s been a naughty boy then?

It might have been Arsenal chairman David Dein — or not. It's been reported that Belgian authorities investigating a large payment to a small Belgian club, Beveren, that looked like it was from organised crime turned out to be from Arsenal — but the lines of ownership are opaque at best. Given the close ties of Arsenal to Beveren, and Beveren's close ties to younf players from Cote D'Ivoire, and Beverev selling Ivoirian player Eboue to Arsenal, and you have to wonder about whether there's some kind of fishy player laundering going on. On the other hand, maybe Arsene Wenger was in a bit of a French mood and decided to get all colonial metropole with the Ivoirians, while using Belgians — a group not known in the past for their sensitive handling of Africans…


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