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Wenger - Let's abolish January transfers

Arsene Wenger would like to scrap the January transfer window because it can “disturb” squads at a critical point in the season.

The Arsenal manager has been active this winter, signing Brazilian centre back Gabriel and Polish teenager Krystian Bielik.

While Wenger is pleased with his new additions, he says the comparative lack of deadline-day activity strengthens his belief that there should only be one window - in the summer.

"Yes [I would scrap January transfers] because it can disturb the cohesion of a group within the season."

Arsene Wenger

“It was never such a low activity level across Europe - basically nothing happened,” he said. “It shows still that financial fair play had an impact, for sure, because we have the experience of seasons before.

“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].”

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