By Dr Dan Plumley

20th Jun, 2022 | 6:25pm

Finance guru: Arsenal braced for 'PR damage' amid Granit Xhaka corruption scandal

Arsenal are braced for “PR damage” as new details emerge about former captain Granit Xhaka’s alleged role in a spot-fixing scandal.

That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the consequences if the Swiss midfielder, 29, is found guilty.

It was widely reported in January that an unnamed Gunners star was under investigation following allegations of spot-fixing after a suspicious booking in the 4-1 win over Leeds United on 18 December last year.

The Daily Mail reported last Friday (17 June) that Xhaka is now under investigation by the National Crime Agency following a six-month FA probe.

Plumley, however, does not believe that the incident will complicate Arsenal’s own relationship with the gambling industry.

“The PR damage would be there, for sure,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

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“I am not so sure if it will change the thinking too much around gambling sponsorship. It doesn’t help the situation but people are aware that this thing exists in certain markets around the world.

“That hasn’t stopped football clubs from signing deals with gambling companies. So, I doubt it will shift things too much in that regard unless there is a major shake-up in terms of legislation.”

Arsenal are currently partnered with Sportsbet.io, a cryptocurrency-based gambling platform.

They earned £136million in commercial income in 2020-21, the latest financial year on record.

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