You can say what you want about the transfer windows and while most football managers tend to be disparaging about them, most supporters will be lying if they didn’t admit that they get bought into the daily gossip and rumours that sweep the newspapers, forums and various blog sites. Much of the stuff that gets written never prevails, but it doesn’t stop us all getting excited while the speculation mounts up. The January window so far has been a little quiet as we approach the half way through point; however you do get a sense that in this period we are witnessing the calm before the eventual transfer storm in the Premier League.
The lack of spending at the top of the Premier League has surprised many, especially given the open nature of this title race; the fight for a top four finish, not to mention the open fight to stay in the Premier League. It appears that clubs are biding their time and we all sit and wait for that breakthrough transfer that generally kick-starts everyone into action. Whether we will witness the type of money that was squandered last January remains to be seen, but I would be incredibly shocked if the window passed without at least one big money move.
Arsene Wenger has certainly been very vocal in his disdain of the January transfer window and much to the annoyance of Arsenal supporters (many who see buying players as the best way forward) has steadfastly refused to delve into the market to improve the squad. You would think for a manager who has stated on more than one occasion that missing out on the Champions League would be a disaster, would be bending over backwards to ensure that the squad is strong enough for the challenge ahead.
So how do Arsenal fans feel about the lack of activity? Is Arsene Wenger merely providing a smokescreen ahead of an array of last minute deals like he did in the summer? Did the squad really need improving and have you heard any rumours about potential incomings or outgoings at the Emirates?