Arsene Wenger would prefer it if he did not have to deal with the business of transfers and everything that comes with it during the season.
Arsenal have been linked with numerous players in the lead up to the January transfer window and in its first few days, something the Frenchman admitted he would rather do without.
Mesut Özil's record £42.4million transfer on deadline day of the summer window was a statement from the Gunners that they are ready to spend major amounts in the transfer market, though it also meant they were mentioned more in reports regarding transfer business.
Theo Walcott being ruled out for six months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Tottenham last weekend has ramped up already intense speculation over Wenger bringing in another attacking option, what with already admitting they were short up front.
Arsenal travel to Birmingham on Monday night for a clash with Aston Villa in their next Premier League fixture and Wenger was asked about possible targets in the pre-match press conference, but he responded by voicing his disdain for the transfer window.
"The transfer market is a distraction that for me is not welcome," he is quoted as saying by The Guardian.
"I think it would be much better that there is no transfer market at all in January and the team starts and finishes with the same players would be fair unless you have big injuries.
"For the rest what is important is that we focus on the quality of our performances because it's a period that is very sensitive at the moment and every game is now a massive game."
Wenger will be hoping his players can ignore the distraction of speculation on Monday night, as his team know a win against struggling Villa, who have been poor at home this season, will maintain their one-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
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