After spending the best part of October to December in anxious expectation of the usual intrigues of a transfer window, the fact it culminated in a ‘frantic’ anticipation of (collapsed) moves involving Carlton Cole, Adebayor and Graham Dorrans on deadline day made it officially the worst window ever.
“It was never such a low activity level across Europe – basically nothing happened,” Wenger said, per Arsenal.com
“It shows still that financial fair play had an impact, for sure, because we have the experience of seasons before.”
The fact that Arsenal’s transfer of a relatively unknown Gabriel was amongst the three stand-out moves of the January business should give inkling into the fact that there was not an awful lot of sensation during the period. It looked like the coming together of the curtains on the much raved about winter window, something Arsene Wenger now wants to be made official.
“It pushes even more an idea forward – let’s completely get rid of [the transfer window], and go from season to season with the same players.
“Yes [I would scrap January transfers] because it can disturb the cohesion of a group within the season.
“When the players don’t play in October or the end of September, they already think that they may move in January. You lose them and in our job it’s important that everybody is on board. I find the transfer window [a disturbance].”
Wenger has not always been a believer in the necessity to be involved in player transfers after a season has started, as is obvious from previous seasons. Kim Kallstrom was basically done to please the fans last season as there was more a need for a striker to ease the burden on Giroud than for a midfielder. The Swede’s only meaningful contribution in the end was scoring one of the penalties in the FA Cup semi against Wigan.
But, then, there have been some successes from doing business in January for Arsenal, certainly in this window. Arsene neglected to do the necessary reinforcement work in the number of defenders available in the team and was very nearly caught out.
Gabriel has yet to feature and so one may say his arrival has not been justified but only a bad planner would wait for bad incidences to occur before setting up alternatives. The fact is that the manager can now have a better rotation of his squad with the depth at his disposal, and the panic that would have come with shoving a left-back into center half will now be history.
Then there is the advantage of being able to trim the squad to a more required size with players going out on loan. Podolski, Campbell and Sanogo are all on the books of other clubs for the next five months and that may not have a staggering effect on the accounts but it keeps a squad of players who know they will all be involved rather than a large crowd with half of them murmuring and dissenting.
It is wise to want all the business done before the season kicks off but there has to be some avenue to cater for mid-season eventualities and if that be the January window, even if it is for one week, it should remain part of the calendar. Or don’t you think so fellow gooners?
Follow oohtobeagooner on Facebook
for more latest Arsenal transfer news, injury news, team news and rumours.