By Charles Sale
Arsenal have taken 'strong disciplinary action' against academy coach Mark Arber, son of Gunners scout Bob Arber, ahead of an inevitable FA probe into a possible breach of gambling regulations.
This follows Sportsmail's revelation of Arber's tweets suggesting a 14-1 deadline-day bet on Mesut Ozil's signing. 'All Arsenal employees and workers are well aware of their responsibilities in this respect,' said a club spokesman.
Arber, a former professional footballer, boasted on social media he was ITK (In the Know) about Arsenal transfer activity, tweeted: 'Lovely bit of 14-1 Mesut.'
VIDEO Scroll down to see Ozil in action - training with the German squad
Probe: Mark Arber (right) is under investigation after he suggested he bet on Mesut Ozil's arrival to Arsenal
In the know: Arber, who works as a coach at the Arsenal academy, suggested he had inside knowledge about the 42.5m deal
This indiscretion follows the FA's 21-month ban on Accrington Stanley managing director Robert Heys for betting offences first spotted after he tweeted about a Carling Cup punt.
Arsenal's spokesman said on Friday: 'We take this very seriously.'
Arber, 35, most recently played for Conference Premier side Dartford last season, but spent the previous four years at Dagenham & Redbridge, also captaining the side. He also had two spells at Peterborough United, and periods at Barnet, Oldham and Stevenage.
The 42.5million Ozil starred for Germany in their 3-0 win over Austria on Friday, though his national manager, Joachim Low, described his move to Arsenal as 'incomprehensible'.
Starring role: Ozil is set to play for Germany against Austria
Heys admitted to 735 breaches of the FA's betting rules at a hearing in August and received a 21-month ban, as well as a 1,000 fine, though he intends to appeal the punishment.
The former Accrington managing director admitted he had made more than 200 bets on matches involving the club and had bet on them to lose on 37 occasions.
Ban: Former Accrington Stanley managing director Robert Heys received a 21-month ban from football after admitting he bet on more than 700 matches
Pals: Ozil and Lukas Podolski pose with an Arsenal shirt while with the Germany squad
THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION'S RULES ON BETTING
You are not allowed to place any bet on a game involving your club;
You are not allowed to place any bet on a game in a competition (such as cup competitions or the league itself) in which your club plays;
This includes competitions that your club is due to play in but has not yet started and competitions that your club has been knocked out of;
You are not allowed to place a bet on a game or competition in which you have any influence, either direct or indirect;
You are not allowed to bet on any under 18 match;
You are not allowed to ask or instruct anyone to place any of the bets above on your behalf;
The above includes all bets related to the following:
the result of a particular match, matches or the competition itself;
any events in the progress of a match or matches (for example, number of red/
yellow cards, corners etc);
any other events involving your club or other clubs playing in the same league competition (such as next manager markets).
The above includes bets on all domestic, European and worldwide matches or competitions
All Players registered with a club are deemed to participate in every match played by that club, at whatever level (e.g. first team, reserves), while they are so registered. So, even if you're injured or suspended, you are still not permitted to place any of the above bets;
All Employees and Officers of a Club are deemed to participate in every match played by that club while they are so employed.