Arsenal face anxious Man City points deduction wait after latest Premier League decision

By Staff

Arsenal’s wait goes on to find out the fate of Premier League title rivals Manchester City and the ongoing investigation of their alleged 115 financial breaches despite a decision being made to dock Nottingham Forest four points for breaching Profit and Sustainability rules.

Arsenal recently announced in their yearly accounts publication that they would not be embroiled in the recent points deductions which saw Everton deducted ten points before it being reduced to six. The Gunners have so far operated within the confines of the rules.

A statement on the club website read: “The club continues to be compliant with applicable financial sustainability regulations put in place by UEFA and the Premier League.” This was despite announcing another loss before tax excluding the impact of exceptional items of £34million.

The impact of Nottingham Forest’s deduction sees them plummet into the bottom three and one point behind new 17th-place Luton Town. 19th-place Burnley are now four points behind Forest too.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side still have to play Man City and with renewed desperation for points, Arsenal might have a heightened hope of a boost. Pep Guardiola failed to win at the City Ground last season but would not see his side drop points again until after they were crowned league champions, ironically, following Arsenal’s defeat at the same ground.

City’s own investigation comes into renewed focus following Forest’s points deductions as the anxious wait goes on to discover their fate. However, whilst there might again be increased attention, it will not change the timeline of a potential result.

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A date has been set for when Man City will face an independent commission over the 115 alleged financial breaches. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters, appearing at a Parliamentary select committee in Westminster in January of this year admitted the news.

Masters said: “I can (understand fans’ frustration) but they are very different charges (for Everton, when compared to Manchester City). When any club, the current champions or otherwise, found themselves in breach for 2022/23 then they would be in exactly the same position as Everton and Nottingham Forest.

“The volume and character of the charges against Manchester City, which I cannot talk about, are being heard in a completely different environment. There is a date set for that proceeding, I can’t tell you when that is but it is progressing. A date has been set.”

A report by the Daily Mail claimed that the hearing is set for late autumn of 2024. However, a verdict may not be reached until the summer of 2025 – the same time when Guardiola’s contract at Man City will reach its conclusion.

If Everton and now Nottingham Forest have been found guilty of these charges and subsequently docked points, it has led to many speculating that City, should they be found guilty of the alleged charges, would be facing far more serious permutations.

James Carragher quipped – at the time when Everton were being speculated to be facing a 12-point deduction as opposed to the eventual six which would follow – that the ramifications for City if found guilty could be devastating. Writing on X (formally Twitter) the ex-Liverpool defender said: “The PL [Premier League] want a 12-point deduction for Everton for one charge. Man City are going to end up in the National League North if the PL get their way!!”

As I wrote back in October, I raised the question of whether a points deduction in the present day, along with any potential fines, reflects an appropriate punishment. I would still say that if City are found guilty then surely the impact would have been felt across multiple seasons so how can any punishment truly quantify that effect?

Still, the hope is that whatever the outcome it is the correct one. Where the likes of Arsenal move from there remains to be seen but with Nottingham Forest now facing consequences for their own breaches the reality of the situation grows more into the front row of the discussion.

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