Arsene Wenger may have given Arsenal fans reason to get excited about the ongoing transfer window after revealing his belief that it will be one of the busiest ever.
The Gunners will complete the £7m signing of FC Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny later this week but it is widely expected to be Wenger's only foray into the transfer market this month.
Currently top of the Premier League, the pressure for Wenger to spend at the season's midway point is significantly lower than it has been in recent years and only an injury crisis in midfield has forced his hand this time.
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However, Wenger is convinced that a perfect storm brewing for a very busy transfer window. Not only is the Premier League richer than ever, but the way the season is currently panning out means most clubs are likely to make at least one significant purchase.
He told reporters: "Teams who respond well in January will have success sometimes. I would say that for the media you could have some good news this January window because I believe many clubs will be active.
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"You go from clubs who are down in the table like Aston Villa, who have to do something and the clubs at the top who will be very active as well.
"My prediction is it will be one of the most active January windows. First of all, down to TV [money], also, the anticipation of inflation could exist after this season in England.
"At the bottom especially with the new television deal, the teams who fear to go down will be under pressure not to just accept the situation."
Deals so far
Having looked at the current list of confirmed deals, you wouldn't be too far wrong to suggest Wenger was talking nonsense.
The only club to have done significant business so far is Bournemouth who have, rather impressively, signed Juan Iturbe from AS Roma on loan and Benik Afobe from Wolves.
Currently four points above the relegation zone, the Cherries will be mindful of how devastating relegation would be for their future prospects.
The new TV deal that comes into play from next season will only serve to further the gap between the Championship and the Premier League.
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