Arsenal Director Warns Fans Not to Expect Spending Spree During January Transfer Window

​Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham has warned supporters that the club will be relatively inactive in the January transfer window, following their summer of spending.

The Gunners committed to spending around £130m in the summer in order to secure Champions League qualification once more, though the majority of the £72m fee agreed for Nicolas Pepe will be paid to Lille OSC in instalments. 


Now, in quotes carried by the Evening StandardVenkatesham has suggested that the club will only look to make signings during the winter if they really need to.

He said: “When we look forward to January, we’ll see when January comes. I’d say that we always treat the summer window as being the more strategic window.

“And the January window is the one where you need to be a bit more tactical, maybe responding to an injury or another demand. But really our work is done in the summer – and we’re really pleased with what we did in the summer.”

David Luiz

Aside from stating what the fans should expect in January, he added: “And we were very aggressive in that transfer window, signing a number of new players that we are very excited about – predominately targeting young players that we believe can grow and develop with us over future years.

“We’ve been really focused over the summer. We made some defensive reinforcements, signing David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic. We’re looking forward to seeing how those players progress and how they do over the course of the season.”

The aggressive nature of their business is evident from the captures of Pepe – for whom they had to fend off competition from other elite European clubs – as well as snatching David Luiz, from fierce London rivals Chelsea on Deadline Day.

Neither have fully hit their stride since their arrivals, while fellow signing Kieran Tierney is optimistic of making his first appearance when Arsenal face Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.

Kieran Tierney

The tie could also see the return of long term defensive casualties ​Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin, with the former set to be in contention to start the match.


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