Mutual dislike of the Transfer Window but Arsenal could still bag €8m French starlet

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger and AJ Auxerre manager Bernard Casoni are not its biggest fans ... but it won't stop Arsenal exploiting the Ligue 1 club.

The January Transfer Window is open and the debate starts again. For many the window is a chance to improve their teams - therefore stave off relegation or make a late push for Europe.

For others it is a chance to watch their best players act like jerks looking for a transfer to a team less frugal in the winter months - as those teams with open-ended budgets improve their squad beyond the realms of necessity.

As an Everton fan the Transfer Window has certainly bore its frustrations onto me on many an occasion - but I still love it.

But if course not everyone is a fan.

Remember these words from the last winter window:

"I think it should all be completely cut out or limited to two players. It's unfair for the league, some teams who have played for example Newcastle now twice already have an advantage on teams who play Newcastle now they have bought six or seven players. It is a wrong transfer market. The only teams who sell players are teams who are in financial trouble who sell or players who are unhappy where they are."

Those were the words of Arsene Wenger - a manager who has often voiced his belief that the winter window for business should be abolished.

And he has a mutual friend in this department, a mutual friend he might just take advantage of.

Paul-Georges Ntep, a young and talented striker with AJ Auxerre has been linked with Arsenal for the past couple of months.

The flames on this fire have been continually stoked in recent weeks. Ntep said Arsenal ‘appealed to him’, he then posted on Instagram a goodbye message to his fans. Wenger then stated he ‘had a great future’ on French television while his agent recently ruled out a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Reportedly available at €8 million - his manager Bernard Casoni is also a staunch abdicator of the winter window.

For the moment, there is nothing. A departure from Ntep could change everything, but it could also release some players. Replace? Must still find a good player available. Our black dot is our striker at the moment… I am totally against [January transfer window] because it can break a team. We should be able to take a player if long-term injury, but that's all. It's like changing the rules during the game."

Although it seems, while these two may disagree, that Wenger might just forget his principles on this one - and to good effect.

image: © Matt and Kim Rudge

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