Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given his thoughts on the summer transfer window, by describing the closing stages of it as being “very hectic”, as reported by the Evening Standard.
Gunners boss Wenger endured a difficult time during deadline day according to the Evening Standard, as his side failed to sign Monaco star Thomas Lemar, with the north London club also failing to get rid of Alexis Sanchez as his move to Manchester City failed to get over the line.
In August, 14 out of 20 Premier League sides voted to close the transfer window before the start of the season as per the Evening Standard, with the new rules set to be in place for the start of the 2018/19 campaign. Arsenal boss Wenger is optimistic that the new rules surrounding the transfer window will go a long way to helping prevent what he described a “very hectic” end to the window.
Speaking about the transfer window and the new rules that are set to be introduced at the beginning of next season, Wenger said that “I believe people will adapt by making their decisions early”.
Wenger then went on to add that “What happens now is that you’re contacted 48 hours before the end of the transfer window and someone say, ‘Are you still interested in this player?’ You worked on that deal for three months, they closed the door and then suddenly they open it up again with two days to go. It’s all rushed decisions and very hectic in the last week.”
The Arsenal manager also described how potential transfer deals could affect player and their mindsets going into matches, with the Frenchman saying that “Once you go into the games as well, you don’t know if the players are speaking to their agents on the afternoon of the game or to other clubs, so they don’t focus on the game. It’s not right how it was.”
Personally, I feel that by closing the transfer window earlier, it’ll come as big boost for clubs and their finances, however it’ll also become less exciting for fans. By closing the window before the seasons commences, it encourages clubs to do their business earlier on in the summer, thus meaning that they have a much better chance of buying the player they want at reasonable price, and won’t be forced to pay the extra £10M-£15M they would’ve had to pay to sign the player late on in the window.
Sure, fans won’t get as much excitement as they did in the past from Sky Sports’ Deadline Day, however they’ll most likely be thankful for it in the long run, as it means their clubs are much more likely to save money, and have a lesser chance of being ripped off by other clubs for players they don’t always necessarily need.