The window is barely a week old and Arsenal are continuing the strategy of 2021.
Fabio Vieira has been added to Marquinhos as Edu and Mikel Arteta continue their Arsenal rebuild – focusing on young, hungry players who want to learn and develop.
Meanwhile, up the road Tottenham seem to be following our policy of 2017-19.
Their signings have very much been in the “short term here and now” mould of Antonio Conte.
The Italian has a reputation of going into clubs, demanding “oven ready” transfers and then leaving after a couple of years. He usually departs with trophies, but also leaves behind a lot of ageing players on big contracts.
Spurs have already sign Ivan Perisic (33) and Fraser Forster (34) on free transfers. They are also being heavily linked with Christian Eriksen (30) on a free.
It shows a club that does not have a pot to piss in. One that is trying to do much of its business through free transfers and loan deals – kicking the transfer debt down the road.
They have to spend £80m on making the Dejan Kuluveski and Cristian Romero dead permanent. That is £80m spent of just keeping the squad at the same standard as last year. And £80m less than can be spent this summer.
They have spent a bit of money on Yves Bissouma, securing the midfielder in a cut price deal following some horrendous allegations that hang over him. The rest of their transfer dealing will turn them into Loan FC or Free Transfer FC.
In recent years, Arsenal tried to recruit ready made senior players in Stephan Litchsteiner, Willian, David Luiz, Sokratis and more. Add in the loans of Denis Suarez and 2017-2019 will go down as one of our worst periods in the transfer market.
It has taken a few years for us to be able to undo that work and it is exciting the new path we are going down.
Tottenham might not feel the “Conte affect” on the transfer window until after he is gone.
A squad filled with ageing former stars and loanees is not a squad that can be built on for the future.
The future is what Arsenal are doing.