Opinion: Too many changes in the January transfer window could also be a problem

Mikel Arteta says that Arsenal’s upturn in form will not affect his plans for the January transfer window.

The Spaniard has seen his side struggle this season, despite adding some players to the squad last summer.

The Gunners have now returned to form in the short term, and some fans might understand if the club doesn’t spend money in the next transfer window.

However, Arteta seems prepared to splash the cash, but he has to be careful about the January transfer window.

For a fact, the best players are hardly sold during the winter transfer window, and so Arsenal will likely not get the best solution to their problems in the market.

Additionally, and perhaps, more importantly, adding too many players to your squad midway through the season can upset the balance of your team.

I expect several players to leave Arsenal next month, but we don’t necessarily need to sign five players because we sold five players.

We have to remember that our team has already started the campaign and new players will need time to adapt to our tactics.

Even if they are coming from a team that plays a similar kind of football, we have to understand that they will still need time to perform, and we cannot wait for them.

The better option is to wait till the summer, but if we add players next month, they have to be players who are exactly what we need.

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  1. Certainly. Fulham got relegated two seasons ago after spending 150+ M in one transfer window to get many new players, such as Calum Chambers and Jean Seri

    Chelsea are struggling after spending 200+ M before this season started to recruit highly marketable players from abroad. On the other hand, Liverpool’s new players seemed to gel with their new teammates quickly, perhaps because most of them have EPL experience

    1. Calum Chambers was on loan from Arsenal, so a low cost option for a player who ended up as Fulham’s player of the season.

      1. Yup, he was excellent in DM position. Unfortunately he never got the chance to play in midfield under Arteta’s system

  2. I do think that the January window thought that top players are not available, can be over exaggerated.

    For some top players, the situation with their club and contract coming to the delicate stage, does give a player a lot of power with the discussions.
    If he a cannot reach an agreement, clubs will be looking to cash in on their asset.

    I don’t know of any other club that has been seen to put one such asset in mothballs, as Arsenal have done.

    1. Also ken1945 due to the current impact of the pandemic on revenue, the financial situation at many clubs may force selling.

  3. I dont see a problem with getting rid of a much of players who aren’t involved much anyway, but agree you’ve got to be careful with the current 1st teamers, even the ones that aren’t playing that well.
    I’m really hoping for one attacking midfielder to help out ESR and the others but that’s about it. Maybe another backup GK but that seems unlikely

  4. It is now proven that Arsenal is not good at recruiting good players.

    The alternative is to buy younger (under 18) prospects, and supplement the first team from that pool.

    Judging from the players we can’t even give away, the current system is neither successful nor profitable.

  5. Arsenal make stars, not buy them. Sven was brought in to reinforce that, how I’d love to have him back now.

    We need to clear out and restock the shelves; perfect task for a diamond eye with proven record of signing proper young talent.

    As I type this I am reminded of Balogun not getting chances despite showing more than Nketiah. Losing a Malen & Gnabry because waiting for less productive players to come good.

    We should give talented youngsters more chances, as subs in games, before rushing out to spend.

    Perhaps we could have avoided the Willians, Xhaka’s, Pepe’s, Mustafi’s, Sokratis, and so many others.

      1. Correct Durand, Sven preferred
        Soyuncu and Diallo.

        And Arsenal proceeded to sign
        the Greek for MORE than Soyuncu
        cost LC.

        SMMFH again and again

  6. Arsenal Football Club has enough quality in their ranks at the moment with the array of exciting kids complementing the so called senior players, the most fruitful decision would then be to let the old deadweights go and then build from there. We have always pride ourselves as talent workshop and not not one that waits for others to cook for us. If Mikel was as clever as he thinks he is, he should focus on using this bunch of young players along with himself as a young coach to conquer the world. Jose Maurinho did it with Porto to set the tone to who he is today. Come on Mikel, do what Arsene could not do in all his years at the club, using Per Metersacker’s ward would enshrine your names in the annals of the history of our great football club, a club that is perhaps the most intellectual of the lot.

  7. And somehow, you had it in your mind that Arsenal is capable of signing so many players in winter transfer. You better think again!

  8. Two things need to be remedied in January. We have such a poor creative midfield we will struggle in many games. We definitely need a creative master. Arteta also needs to learn man management, that is clearly his Achilles heel, his weakness.

  9. What we actually need is a playmaker and RB if they are thinking of bringing a goalkeeper that would be fine. Otherwise, MA should keep using the youngsters and keep giving them chances, remember he didn’t really use AMN and Nelson in their places in the PL.

    Maybe bringing back Guandouzi will be a good idea right now as we need him

  10. Firsts things First. It is not Arteta that splashes the cash, it is EDU. Arteta may be consulted, but his is not the final decision.
    Before any cash is splashed, the wage bill will probably need to be reduced dramatically.
    To reduce the wage bill we must either sell players or give them a free transfer. Since many, if not all, of our bench warmers are earning a lot of money, few teams will be willing to even take them for free.
    So a large part of that cash we want to splash will have to come from sales. We might be forced to sell some of our better players (like Bellerin, Xhaxa or AMN), or work with a very small transfer kitty.
    It is going to be a very interesting transfer window.
    I think we all know we need a top class attacking midfielder, and I would suggest a top class goal scorer (to take the pressure off Auba).
    These types of players are expensive, so I worry we will be forced to buy a couple of cheap foreign stars, who end up struggling in the EPL.

  11. We definitely need a creative midfielder and possibly a backup RB. But what remains to be seen is how many players will leave the Club in the first place to free up the wage books. I also think Balogun should be given more playing time in the PL matches. AMN and Nelson should be played in their proper positions.

  12. Goal keeper…..two midfielders….two defender…..two forward players……..that’s 6 youngsters……one midfielder is on loan……5 players to buy……2 now and 3 in the next transfer window……sell the older players………….

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