There are a few areas in the Arsenal squad that need changing or strengthening and for the fans the January transfer window offers the club the opportunity to make those changes but it is unlikely to happen if the comments of Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham are anything to go by.
He has not specifically ruled out any winter transfers but he has played down the possibility.
Speaking to Bloomberg, as cited by the Metro, Venkatesham said
‘Well listen, we’ve just been through the transfer period in the summer, that’s what we always call the main transfer window. ‘We were very aggressive in that transfer window, signing a number of new players that we’re very excited about, predominately targeting young players that we believe can grow and develop with us over future years.
‘When we look forward to January, we’ll see when January comes. I’d say that we always treat the summer window as being the more strategic window.
The feeling I get from these comments is that Venkatesham is basically saying we have provided Unai Emery with all the tools that he needs and it is now down to him to make it work.
If that is the case then I make Venkatesham right, the club has invested big, it has removed a hell of a lot of deadwood and fringe players from the books and while there are positions that need sorting the club can only dip its hands in its pockets for so long before they say enough is enough.