Despite getting some excellent business done this winter, Arsene Wenger is clearly not a fan of the January transfer window.
He believes that Financial Fair Play was a key factor in the reduction of business we saw this past month, but insisted on Arsenal’s official website that the mid season window should eventually be abolished.
The Frenchman will no doubt be grateful that he had the opportunity to reinforce this January, with the signing of Gabriel Paulista likely to prove a crucial one as we head into the latter stages of the season. That hasn’t changed his opinion on the whole thing however, and he was vocal in his belief that clubs should play an entire season with the squad they start with.
“I saw on television people who were a bit lost; jobless,” he comically remarked.
“I would just like to say that it shows that Financial Fair Play had an impact, for sure. We’ve seen seasons before, it was never such a low activity level across Europe.
“Basically nothing happened. It pushes even more an idea forward; let’s completely get rid of it. Let’s go from season to season with the same players.
“It disturbs the cohesion of the groups within the season. When the players don’t play at the end of September and in October they already think, ‘maybe I’ll move in January.’
“You know…You lose them. In our job it’s important that everybody is on board. I find the transfer window disturbs that.”
We don’t appear to have suffered hugely this season at the hands of the winter window, but it’s clear that players often become unsettled as the January transfer period looms closer.
You have to wonder if the likes of Danny Ings at Burnley or West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino had one eye on the exit over the last couple of months, and if they were able to remain fully focused on their respective teams.
The January transfer window obviously breeds a lot of excitement, and goes some way towards recreating the buzz of the summer months. If it really is detrimental to the game however, then surely it needs to go.
What do you think Gooners?