By Giuseppe Muro at London Colney

Arsène Wenger believes the January transfer window can disrupt the harmony of a team.

Every year endless speculation surrounds the potential dealings managers will make and Wenger feels that constant media gossip has the potential to upset squad unity at an important time in the season.

The Arsenal boss has a well-documented dislike for the window and feels this is another reason why the system is flawed.

“This is where I question a bit the transfer window, because this is the period where you want everybody to be connected, you cannot be half in or out,” he said. “You have to be completely in. That is why I am not prepared to talk about anybody leaving.

“We are on a very good run, we are involved in all the different competitions and we have a squad with top quality. We want everybody to be together and be focused on our targets.

“We can only achieve that if everybody is in.

“I just want everybody to be focused on what we can achieve together, which can be exceptional, but we need everybody to be focused on our targets.”

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21 Jan 2011