Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that the winter transfer window must be scrapped as it helps unsettled players to focus on their next move, rather than playing for their clubs.
The Frenchman who has been at the helm of Arsenal for nearly 20 years, believes that the January transfer window should be scrapped, with reports that Alexis Sanchez may yet leave Arsenal. Citizen’s manager Pep Guardiola was hell-bent on signing the former Barcelona forward before the summer deadline. However, with Arsene Wenger refusing to sell his star forward, the deal never went through.
However, both Sanchez and Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho were among several players who weren’t able to secure moves away and will be able to try again in January. Wenger believes that this would cause fringe players and even players like Sanchez and Coutinho, to not fully commit to their clubs.
This has caused the Arsenal boss to call for the winter transfer window to be scrapped to help protect football ahead of the market re-opening in just four months. The issue will be discussed on the 7th of September with a proposal to close the summer transfer window before the Premier League season starts.
A season for a change?
The meeting will have representatives from each of the 20 top-flight clubs in attendance, with a majority of the shareholders to push for a new transfer deadline to be introduced. If passed, then under the new rules, deals between two Premier League clubs will be off limits, but clubs are still free to negotiate and sell players to other countries.
Arsene Wenger said in an interview, “The players who do not play or the players who are tapped up in October they already start again to think: ‘Where do I go in January?’. That’s not a way to be on board with a football club.”
“We are here to entertain people and you can do that with people who are really on board together, to achieve something together and not every minute that it doesn’t go well to think: ‘Where can I go next?'”
The 67-year-old Arsenal boss is not the only one who wants the summer transfer window closed early, with Swansea manager Paul Clement also pitching in and saying “I think if the window is shut before the season starts everything is sorted out and we can get on with the football. At our managers’ meeting at the Premier League last week, we spoke about it. The majority of clubs are in favor, but maybe all have to be for it to go through.”
Arsene Wenger further added that having one transfer window a year, which closed before the first game of the season, was the perfect solution. However, while the excitement in the January window won’t be as high as the summer window, it’s a chance for managers to reassess and make changes.
This is also the time when bargain deals can be made, and for players like Diego Costa, Riyad Mahrez, and even Virgil Van Dijk, the January window is a sign of life. The question is, however, what will be the outcome of the meeting on Thursday be and will Arsene Wenger’s proposal of one transfer window, resonate with the other 19 managers and shareholders?