Arsenal embroiled in “strangest ever transfer window”

It has been an odd January transfer window this time around.

Arsenal have made the headlines based on who we have not signed. The quotes from Unai Emery about only targeting loan players was the big news.

The main reason Arsenal are only looking at loan players is that they do not feel any of their main targets are available until the summer. They have made the decision not to waste money on short term options.

And it seems this is the way of the majority of the Premier League so far.

We sit here half-way through the transfer window and there has been next to no business.

Table toppers Liverpool have yet to sign a single player. Manchester City have only seen Brahim Diaz exit for Real Madrid with no incomings.

Like in the summer, Tottenham have no money to spend due to the delays and increasing costs of their new stadium. With Harry Kane’s injury news, they announced last night that they will not be buying a replacement.

Chelsea have signed Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for £57.6m, however he is going to remain at Dortmund until the end of the season. They have also had no new players join.

We know about Arsenal.

Then we have Manchester United. They make it a full house for Big 6 sides not signing anyone in January so far.

Watford in 7th, Leicester City, West Ham and Everton have also yet to buy anyone in January. That means no one in the top 10 have bought a player in this transfer window.

It is an odd situation. One that I do not recall happening before. Why have they not signed anyone?

Is it a simple case of there being no one available who they think can dramatically improve their sides without breaking the bank?

Wolves has signed David Wang, an 18-year-old prospect, but have sent him straight to Sporting CP on loan.

It is not until you get to Bournemouth in 12th where we finally have a club who has done any real business.

They signed Dominic Solanke for £19 million from Liverpool, and also loaned Nathaniel Clyne from the same club.

We are then back to the same story as the top half of the table.

Brighton, Crystal Palace, Burnley, Southampton, Cardiff, Newcastle and Fulham are yet to buy anyone.

You would think clubs fighting relegation would have at least made one panic buy, but it seems they have all decided to stick rather than twist.

Bottom of the table Huddersfield are the 2nd team after Bournemouth to have signed anyone.

Huddersfield have signed England U19 international left-back Jaden Brown from Tottenham and Jason Puncheon on loan from Crystal Palace.

£419.5m was spent by Premier League clubs in 2018. That is £400m more than has spent this window.

We are only half way through the window and things can change very quickly in football. But there is hardly any speculation surrounding most clubs. They are not being heavily linked with anyone. No deals seem to be on the verge of going through.

We could end up with a transfer window where less than £50m is spent.

It really has been an odd transfer window so far.



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