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Financial Fair Play Ruining 'Sky Sports News Day'?

Financial Fair Play Ruining 'Sky Sports News Day'?

Aside from last summer, the close of the transfer window has represented nothing more than a day of jealousy for Arsenal fans.

How many of you watched Santa Claus: The Movie this Christmas?

You remember the scene where little Joe is wandering the cold streets of New York, freezing, homeless and hungry. He sees a branch of McDonalds, and with pains in his stomach he presses his little face up against the window, looking in with envy as he wishes with all his heart that he could be in there enjoying the festivities with everyone else?

Well that`s how Arsenal fans feel at the close of 99% of transfer windows.

At least that was the case until now.

In the summer we got to sample a taste of the joy of having a busy day with the manager brining a succession of great players for us to drool over at least for a few days and wonder how they`ll fit into the side and what qualities they will bring.

Fast forward to the New Years transfer window, and once again Gunners fans are left not in the least bit jealous. This time however for some completely different reasons.

It appears as though a mix of the financial fair play rules, the home grown player rule and the entire global economic downturn is rendering "Sky Sports News Day" a complete joke. And for that we must be truly thankful.

Most Arsenal fans were pretty certain that we wouldn`t see any players of real note coming in yesterday, not least because our 25 man squad currently has no room for any non-home-grown player over the age of 21. That said Mr Wenger still brought in a young player who in typical Arsene fashion none of us known anything about.

However when you look around the other clubs, clubs who traditionally spend obscene amounts of money every time the window is so much as left ajar, there was little to no action amongst even those.

So are the rules actually working?

Time will tell. However if the implementation of these rule do nothing other than make Jim White look like a complete bell-end trying to over-hype a short term signing of Louis Saha or the render useless the rather large face of Brian Swanson fannying around with his touch screen TVs trying to impress us with the massive total of money spent in this years transfer window (£55M combined for those who care), then it`s a job well done in my opinion.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday February 1 2012
Time: 9:29AM


I switched on SSN yesterday and lasted about ten minutes before I was going to throw up. I've been able to ignore the hyperbole and "Super Sunday" bulls**t until now (I just today cancelled by Sky Sports subscription). The vomit inducing crap they spilled yesterday over non-events was horrible. They even put a montage together of the "exciting events" of yesterday.
01/02/2012 09:43:00
Put it this way, I was asleep by 10.45pm last night!
Little Dutch
01/02/2012 10:56:00
I watched a man chain himself to the Goodison Park goalposts and then watched 'The Big Bang Theory' with the Mrs. Much more fun. Then again castrating myself with cheese wire would have been more preferable.
01/02/2012 11:34:00
I was so excited yesterday, packed my tea and headed off down the Grove to hang about in the cold with other rent a fool nothingtodos drawn like particularly thick moths to the tv lights, I held my phone to my ear like I had any credit and friends to call, and waited, when the news came through about Arsefelt I literally filled my pants with joy... followed by the usual confusion and emptiness I feel. I am a Sky monkey.
01/02/2012 13:04:00
Why do we have to wait 2 weeks for Wilsheres new scan btw? Are we that feckin tight we're doing it on the NHS?
01/02/2012 13:09:00
Gotta be honest-I find the skysports hysteria on transfer deadline day very entertaining, I get a lot of laughs out of it. Esp Jim White who I think is a great cure for lethargy & depression. He makes you want to punch him out or just laugh hysterically. So on transfer deadline day I always have skysports online blaring on my computer while I'm working (assuming I can find a live stream). There's nothing quite like it in any other media outlet anywhere I know of -- TV "reporters" (if you can call them that) breathlessly trying to make the most mundane news into something Extremely Significant & Exciting for almost 24 hrs straight. The only other parallel I can think of is the unbelievably boring 24/7 election campaign coverage we have here in the US (which is suicide-inducing).
01/02/2012 14:02:00
This game v Bolton is very frustrating. We are not showing needed urgency and could lose this game from a fluke of a goal (God forbid that).
01/02/2012 21:34:00
Now, we are stepping things up; hope it is not too late it.
01/02/2012 21:37:00
well its 90 mins gone and nothing.... same old same old. 4th place? not even looking like a glimmer of hope now
01/02/2012 21:48:00
Manager, players and tactics are *****!
e dubbz
01/02/2012 21:51:00
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