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Wenger moans at 'unfair' transfer window

ESPN staff
January 25, 2013
Arsene Wenger wants transfer window reform

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for an overhaul of the transfer market, believing the current set of rules to be "unfair".

The Gunners boss believes clubs should only be able to sign a maximum of two players during the January transfer window, because a spate of transfers at any one team can greatly distort the fixture list.

Wenger, who has yet to sign a player this month, feels teams are at a disadvantage if they come up against a side strengthened by January sales, rather than teams facing that same side before the window has opened.

"It's a market for me that is a wrong transfer market because the only teams who sell players are teams in financial trouble, or players who are unhappy where they are," Wenger said. "So the gamble is much bigger than during the normal transfer period in mid-summer.

"I think it should be all completely cut out or limited to two players because it is unfair for the league. Some teams who have played Newcastle twice already have an advantage on teams who play against Newcastle now when they have bought six or seven players. They do not face the same team. I believe the number of players you can buy should be limited."

Meanwhile, Wenger has stated that Saturday's FA Cup match away to Brighton is of huge importance for both generating consistency and keeping them in with a chance of winning silverware this season.

Arsenal's form has been hugely erratic this term and there have been only two sequences in the league where they have won consecutive games.

"It [the FA Cup] has a big importance to me because it's our next game and we are looking for consistency because we know that will be the key for us to be successful until the end of the season," Wenger said.

"It's a possibility, of course, for a trophy and we do not want to neglect that. [A trophy] would [make a difference] but we are just in the second round for us. We needed two games to get through the first round so let's be a bit realistic and pragmatic and go game to game.

"But I feel there is a potential in our team that is very interesting. Hopefully that will come out from now on until the end of the season. You develop [a winning mentality] when you win the games. Let's just continue to play and not worry too much about who we play, but focus on how we can repeat the quality performances."

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