By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger has criticised the “de-stabilising” nature of the transfer window.

The system, that prevents Premier League clubs trading players outside of two pre-determined ‘windows’, was first utilised during the 2002/03 season. Since its conception, the transfer window has drawn many detractors, of which the Arsenal manager is one.

Wenger believes that the current system has a negative effect on the players concerned and thinks that the Premier League should return to their original ‘open season’ system or only allow player trading during the summer.

“The transfer market doesn't work in January,” the Frenchman said. “Either you keep it open the whole year as it was before in England or you keep it closed the whole year.

“In between is not good because the players get de-stabilised. If you look at the number of transfers that have been made that will be made again from the 1st to the 31st of January, it's not a serious situation.

“It's de-stabilising but we cannot do anything about it with the way the situation is now.”

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9 Jan 2009