Arsenal have confirmed that they are investigating whether one of their youth academy coaches, Mark Arber, placed a bet on Mesut Ozil joining the club.
The Germany playmaker's deadline-day arrival was a huge coup for the Gunners—his £42.5m fee was a club record and has boosted morale at the Emirates as the season kicks into life.
But Arber appeared to get an extra bonus out of the deal by placing a bet on the transfer coming off at odds of 14-1.
"Lovely bit of 14-1 Mesut," he tweeted, according to PA Sport. Arber's Twitter profile is currently showing as protected, meaning only his friends can access the timeline.
If Arber has bet on the 24-year-old arriving, it would likely mean that he has broken FA guidelines on betting in a competition in which you could have inside knowledge. PA Sport report the specific rule:
You are not allowed to place a bet on a game or competition in which you have any influence, either direct or indirect.
The above includes all bets related to the following: Any other events involving your club or other clubs playing in the same league competition (such as next manager markets).
An Arsenal spokesman confirmed that they are looking into the matter internally:
We take this very seriously.
All Arsenal employees and workers are well aware of their responsibilities in this respect and we are looking into this as a matter of urgency.
Assuming that he had laid a bet on Ozil joining at 14-1, the returns could have been significant. A bet of just £10 could have seen him collect £150.
Betting breaches are taken very seriously in order to avoid the spectre of spot- and match-fixing.
England squad member Andros Townsend was fined and suspended over betting this summer, which cost him a place in the England U-21 European Championship squad.