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Wenger calls for January transfer window to be scrapped

Arsene Wenger, Head of Football Development at FIFA
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Arsene Wenger believes the January transfer window gives out-of-favor players an easy escape route instead of fighting for their place in the team.

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, other than being the club’s most successful manager, is one of the most influential figures in the history of the Premier League.

Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996, a time when the scene of English football was quite different from today.

With improving players’ dietary and nutrition plans, innovating training techniques, and introducing new tactics, he helped Arsenal change for better and, in turn, the Premier League.

It was during his 22-year long tenure that the Gunners signed numerous talents and went on to win 17 trophies including an ‘invincible’ Premier League season.

Wenger now suggests another radical change concerning the transfer of players. He sees the January window as an incentive for underperforming players to push for a move away and wants it to be discontinued.

“I am for the abolition of the January transfer window. Managers don’t deal with this second window well,” Wenger said in an interview with L’Equipe [via Get Football News France].

“In October, as soon as a player does not play anymore, he tries to find a solution elsewhere and waits for January to leave. He is no longer mobilized, he gives up. When you make a mistake, a player as much as a club, very well! You have to assume that responsibility.”