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Why the boss would ‘scrap’ the January window

With the January transfer window nearly upon us, there is already widespread speculation about the business that will take place over the next month.

But if Arsene Wenger had his way, all player trading would be resolved before the season starts.

“I would scrap the transfer window in January, completely cut it off,” the boss told Arsenal Player.

“The players today are very well paid, they make a lot of money. What you want in return is commitment to the club for the whole season. I think that’s absolutely vital. I think you should not be able to move once the season has started until the end of the season.

“Nobody knows [how it would affect pre-season if the window closed then]. I believe people would adapt and make their decisions earlier.

“What happens now is that you’re contacted 48 hours before the end of the transfer market and people ask if you’re still interested in a player you worked on for three months. They close the door and open it suddenly with two days to go. 

“It’s all rushed decisions and hectic in the last week. I believe that is not right.”

 

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