3 reasons why Arsenal did not need to make any January signings

  • The January transfer window will close on Thursday
  • Arsenal have not bought any new players this month
  • Big summer spend had put the club in danger of FFP breach
Arsenal FC v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League
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2. Mid-season costs are simply not worth it

Ivan Toney
Brentford FC v Nottingham Forest - Premier League / Visionhaus/GettyImages

At this point, the Arsenal rebuild is almost complete and only world-class names should come into transfer considerations- a pricey choice which leaves January recruitment nigh on impossible.

Despite reports of our frontline interest or new additions in midfield, absurd mid-season costs (including Evan Ferguson £100m+; Ivan Toney £100m+) have rendered any major deals financially unviable- perhaps explaining the lack of activity across the Premier League.

These “go away” figures would even make Todd Boehly blush and are way beyond the reach of a team sailing close to the FFP wind. Of course, cash-strapped clubs may still find bargains somewhere (as we did last year), but any big business is certainly off the table.

From replacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in 2022 to our protracted Declan Rice move last summer, the past shows Arsenal are happy to delay transfer negotiations until the summer, and they would be better off doing so again now.   

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