I have been reading a lot of comments recently, on this site and elsewhere, about this transfer window and I get the impression that a lot of Arsenal fans literally hate this period and I have to be honest, I don’t understand why that is.
I love the transfer window, it is a time of hope, dreams and debate and let’s be honest it is far better than ripping to shreds our own players every week.
The abuse aimed at the likes of Kroenke, Mustafi, Iwobi, Ozil, Mkhitaryan and even on occasions Wenger last season took on epidemic proportions and that even applied when we won a game, the Watford one as an example.
It seems to me that a hell of a lot of Arsenal fans get off on attacking our own players and I am not just talking about AFTV either.
It still goes on now but nowhere near to the same extent and that is a relief because that is what gets tiring, the endless negativity.
It is deserved? For the most part, yes, but that does not mean that it is not nice to get a break from it.
And that is what the transfer window brings, rather than sitting in self-pity at the complete collapse at the end of last season we can now get a daily dose of hope.
Will Zaha come? Will Tierney arrive? Will Mustafi be sold? What youngster will be promoted? These are the questions we are faced with every day and while they can become tedious and boring when it drags on and on that all changes once a deal is concluded and then we start debating positions, what that player will bring, how we will be competitive all of a sudden and so forth.
We all know most of the rumours are bull but a tiny percentage is not and that minuscule percentage is what we look for in every rumour.
Through the season we have absolutely no choice but to watch every Arsenal game and live and breath every success or failure, we have no such obligation in the transfer window, we can just ignore it if we wanted but we don’t, why is that?
Why is it that traffic to websites rises significantly in transfer windows?
Because fans are desperate for news on who may be bought or sold, because it is important, because it gives us that hope that is so easily distinguished when the football season kicks off.
You can knock the endless gossip and fake news as much as you want but you cannot deny that deep down most fans crave it.