Wenger on transfer changes and the rest of this window

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With just over two weeks until the transfer window closes, Arsenal fans expecting further arrivals may find themselves disappointed, with Arsene Wenger suggesting he’ll be more involved with players going out than coming in.

The club have a number of players who are deemed surplus to requirements, but as yet have not been able to complete any deals beyond that of Wojciech Szczesny going to Juventus and Emi Martinez being sent on loan to Getafe.

Asked if he might be busy between now and the end of the window, the Arsenal manager said, “Getting players out keeps you as busy as getting players in. I think I will be busy, yes.”

It’s pretty obvious now that if there are to be any further additions, they will only happen after we’ve sold or loaned some players and made room in the squad.

The manager was also asked about the potential impact closing the transfer window before the season begins would have – a change that is expected to be implemented ahead of the 2018-19 campaign – and whether he would support it.

“Yes, of course. For the regularity of the season it’s better because you can have a player who you can play against three times if the transfer window is not closed when you start the season, and that doesn’t look normal.

“As well for the psychological comfort of the manager, it’s difficult to start the season with a team and have some players who are not completely on board, so you can understand that once everybody’s on the train they stay on the train.

“I spent my whole summer on the transfer market so I think six weeks or eight weeks – we had basically ten weeks.

“People will adapt. What makes them decide is that there’s only three or four days to go and suddenly everybody comes out of the buses and says ‘We are alive! We are here and we want to buy!’.

“But if the timing is shorter they will adapt to that as well.”

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