In just over two weeks time the Premier League transfer window will re-open for business as we look toward the second half of what is building to be another memorable season of top class football.
Premier League clubs spent £165.4m last January and with so much up for grabs and an open look to the top of the table, that figure could well be smashed this time around. You can check out the latest football odds with Marathonbet for the 2016/17 season, but last January Newcastle United (£26.3m), Watford (£26m) and Norwich City (£23m) were the most prolific spenders, though it didn’t stop two of them from being relegated.
While more signings is no guarantee of more points we can expect to see a similar splurge during the 2017 Winter window. Generally speaking, those toward the top of the table have established a solid enough squad that they won’t need many new players to bolster things, unless of course a big club has slipped from 1st to 4th like Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger is widely regarded as one of the best managers of a generation, but his chief criticism over the years has undoubtedly been his inability to pull the trigger with signings at key points over the last decade; a period in which the Gunners struggled for silverware.
Wenger has ruled out entering the January transfer market to search for a replacement for the injured Santi Cazorla, however. The Spanish midfielder was ruled out for three months as he needs surgery on an ankle injury that has kept him out of action since the 6-0 Champions League win over Ludogorets on October 19th.
Despite Jack Wilshere being out on loan at Bournemouth, Wenger is comfortable with his options in midfield and will not be seeking reinforcements: “In midfield we have many players, but there’s two reasons. We have the numbers in quality. Secondly, in January, you wouldn’t necessarily find a Cazorla even if you wanted to,” Wenger said earlier in December 2016.
Arsenal football rumours were suggesting Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez could be on their way out of the Emirates stadium but those whispers were quickly squashed. It seems the famous Frenchman is once again confident in his team. Indeed, they continue to produce glimpses of brilliant football, but can they bridge the gap between finishing 4th and once again being Premier League champions?
Olivier Giroud has also recently pledged his loyalty to the Gunners, and the French front man is a key part of Wenger’s plans. He has been a little in and out of form during his time in the Premier League to date, but when on song he’s a real match winner. Arsenal will need their big names to shine over the next few months if they’re to get this monkey off their back in the English top flight.