France's L’Equipe has conducted a poll to gauge the reaction of Arsenal fans to the club's activities in the January transfer window.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger never has been a fan of the January transfer window, confirming in a recent interview that he would have no problem if 'the transfer window is deleted'. Wenger feels it is a distraction, and that it would be preferable (and more fair) if clubs started and finished the season with the same players.
Others, however, argue that the transfer window is there to help teams cover for injuries, and reinforce their squads as they strive to achieve their season's goals - something which clearly results in more entertaining and exciting football.
And the January transfer window could have helped Arsenal immensely - the injuries to key players such as Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey meant they were light – and the window was an opportunity to bring in additional quality to help maintain the Gunners’ position at the top of the Premier League table (and as they continue on in the Champions League).
Wenger, however, was unable to bring in a decent forward, something which some Arsenal fans think may ultimately cost the club dearly - the potential mega money transfer of Schalke’s Julian Draxler never materialised, nor did potential deals for other strikers linked with the club, such as Mirolsav Klose, Mirko Vucinic and ex-Chelsea forward Salamon Kalou.
Arsenal did manage, however, to make a late signing on deadline day – bringing in Spartak Moscow midfielder Kim Kallstrom on a loan deal until the end of the season. This news, though, was met with bewilderment (Kim who ?), which was quickly followed by despair after the news broke about the player's injury.
L’Equipe asked the clubs fans: ‘Did Arsenal slip-up during the January transfer window ?’
And, with more than 11,000 votes polled, 58% thought that Arsenal had wasted an opportunity to beef up its squad during the window.
Do you believe that Arsenal made an error in not signing any more players during the transfer window ?
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