A further twist in the Daily Telegraph investigation into financial irregularities in football has revealed that Arsène Wenger was secretly filmed engaging in ‘potential illegal financial activity’ on a number of occasions during Nicklas Bendtner’s time at Arsenal between 2005 and 2014.
In one shocking clip in particular, the Frenchman is heard offering Jose Mourinho a ‘personal sweetener’ of a top-of-the-line caravan in Bognor Regis.
According to the report, Mourinho agreed verbally, before secretly abandoning the deal and leaving Arsène stranded in the pouring rain in a car park just off the M23 motorway. Wenger was allegedly holding the keys and waited for four hours to hand them over before realising that Jose was taking the piss.
An undercover reporter added: ‘On fifteen separate occasions, Wenger showed that he was so desperate to offload Bendtner that he was prepared to act outside of the rules. There has even been an allegation that he offered to send Theo Walcott to mow Sir Alex Ferguson’s lawn every week for a year if the Scot took Bendtner on a free transfer.’
‘Sir Alex agreed on the condition that Theo would go up north for a trial day first of all. Upon arriving at his Cheshire mansion, Theo switched on his Flymo and snapped both ankles – Sir Alex pulled out of the deal shortly afterwards.’
‘When it became clear that Wenger was running out of Premier League options for a transfer, we posed as Eastern European people smugglers and convinced Arsène to hand over £100,000 to have Nicklas rolled up in a carpet and abandoned in the middle of Dieppe.’
‘Our investigation finished during Sam Allardyce’s final few weeks as manager of West Ham United. During one particularly heated conversation, we saw Arsène throw a glass of red wine over Sam when he suggested sending Andy Carroll the other way to The Emirates.’