By Rob Kelly
Arsène Wenger says the January transfer window should be scrapped as it puts too much power into the hands of unhappy players.
The Arsenal manager believes the window offers unsettled stars a “quick and easy way” out of clubs if they have fallen out of favour during the first half of the season.
By taking away the option to leave in January, Wenger says it would force disaffected players to fight for their places and remain committed to the cause.
“I am for [scrapping the transfer window]. I would leave it completely open all year, or you close it for a whole year. But that's in-between,” he said.
“Everybody becomes nervous [from] November until January. Then players maybe think, 'if I don't play then I will leave in January'. They are already less committed to the cause, it gives them an opening.
“We have gone from a period where we knew that if we didn't play, we [still] had to be committed to the club for your whole life.
“You had no other option but to fight for your place. There is not a position where the players have a quick and easy way out if it is difficult.”Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source