Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has questioned the motives of Manchester City following the completion of Frank Lampard’s move to the Etihad.
The convoluted loan system which sees Frank Lampard arrive at Manchester City appears to have gotten under Arsene Wenger’s skin a little bit.
“I heard they want to buy five clubs all around the world. The players will register in the clubs where they will put them and they can get out on loan. Is it a way to get around the fair play? I don’t know.”
Manchester City’s actions are not a way of circumventing Financial Fair Play, as Arsenal boss Wenger seems to think. No, it is in fact a way of complying with it. All Manchester City have really done is borrow a player from an American club as he is not required to be in the U.S. until January or February.
The fact that the club is part owned by Sheikh Mansour is irrelevant, (although this is probably the bit Arsene doesn’t like). The clever bit is that Frank Lampard is English, considered home-grown and can play in the Champions League group stages if required. It is an arrangement which suits all concerned.
At worst, Lampard will keep fit by training with Premier League players at Premier League facilities. At best he will get to play some games at the top level.
City get a player who needs no introductory period, knows the league and has vast European experience. In January or February, New York City get a fully fit Frank Lampard who should be raring to go.
Actually Arsene, it’s not too dissimilar to the deal you did not so long ago when bringing Thierry Henry to Arsenal on loan from New York Red Bulls.
Ah well! All’s fair in love, war and football.
Iain Anderson, Pundit Arena.