Arsene Wenger expects January to be a very active transfer window for clubs at both ends of the Premier League spectrum, with big possible deals on the horizon for all involved thanks to the increased financial muscle afforded to England’s elite league.
The winter transfer window has seen a host of big named deals and transfer merry-go-rounds in previous years as clubs look to strengthen their squads mid-season to either make up for injury troubles, offload unwanted players or add some much needed firepower or a defensive rock.
Wenger believes 2016’s January window will be no different and feels the forever evolving football landscape will continue to keep clubs busy this month.
“I would say for the media you could have some good news this January transfer window, many clubs will be active,” Wenger told reporters in Mondays pre-match press conference broadcasted live on Arsenal’s official Website.
Number of lower table clubs including the likes of Aston Villa are expected to invest this month while Wenger believes the top clubs will also be looking to strengthen in what promises to be a tight title race. Wenger suggested this month may even be the busiest winter window we’ve seen to date.
The Frenchman added: “My prediction, [This could be] one of the most active transfer windows in January that you have seen.”
For Arsenal, this month is a particularly important time to reinforce the midfield at least, while more attacking options wouldn’t go amiss. Mohamed Elneny of FC Basel is likely to join the Gunners shortly with Wenger also confirming in the press conference: “We hope to have things done this week. I’m optimistic about the case”. But the midfielder may not be the only arrival this month.
Mathieu Debuchy is potentially nearing an exit, which suggests the Gunners could be on the hunt for more defensive reinforcements, while a striker is always touted as potential improvement in the squad. Much of that may well be in the balance with Alexis Sanchez nearing his return and Joel Campbell improving match by match.
It may not be Arsenal’s most busiest transfer window as our long list of injured players begin to make their return, but there could still be plenty of surprises in store.