Friday's soccer news starts with shocked looks all around. Arsenal, one of the only clubs to fully embrace the spirit of Financial Fair Play, has reconsidered. BBC Sport has Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saying, "I'm convinced that at the moment the rules are not strong enough to make them respected."
Of course, he has a point. Arsenal went out of their way to embrace Financial Fair Play in a way that predicted a reasonable view of the future. Once fully implemented, Financial Fair Play as designed would change how the game operates both for the Premier League and across Europe. Why not adjust early?
Arsenal found themselves on an island with that approach, taken before the TV money bonanza that turned even historically modest Premier League teams big spenders. What that meant for Arsenal was competing in a market that paid little attention to the implications of Financial Fair Play in practice or in theory. The great changeover due to the new rules never fully happened. That left Arsenal playing catchup in a market that only adjusted to more money rather than more regulations.
Still, this is Arsenal. Not exactly a small club from a mid-tier city hoping to compete with the big boys.
The Independent's Miguel Delaney looks at Premier League clubs focused on speed. The Telegraph's James Ducker explains why Jose Mourinho's tactics continue to evolve in the Premier League. The Guardian's writers on whether or not the other major European soccer leagues will follow the Premier League's lead in shutting the transfer window prior to the start of the season.
ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle on the issues the USMNT is facing. MLSsoccer.com's Josie Becker talks to Jermaine Jones about his USMNT future. FourFourTwo's Graham Parker explains the latest issue for the NASL.
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