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Premier League statistics hint at big finish to January window

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We're at the business end of the January transfer window, when the majority of deals are pushed through as the clock ticks down.

That's what the latest figures released by the Premier League show, with under a week of the winter window to go anyway.

According to the stats, across the last two January windows at least half the deals completed have come on the last day, with this year set to follow a similar trend.

Most clubs will seek to improve their squads, although eight teams are yet to sign any new players in the winter window, including Arsenal and Manchester City.

And while football fans revel in the drama of the transfer window, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger believes it gives some clubs a distinctly unfair advantage.

"I think it (January transfers) should all be completely cut out or limited to two players," Wenger told a news conference.

"It's unfair for the league, some teams who have played for example Newcastle now twice already have an advantage on teams who play Newcastle now they have bought six or seven players.

"You do not face exactly the same team so I believe the number of players you could buy should be limited.

Suggestions that this window has been quieter than in years gone by are seemingly untrue as well; as of January 22 the exact amount of transfers (21) were completed completed at the same stage last year, and one more than at the same point in 2011.

All the information points to another exciting close to the winter window, which snaps shut on Thursday evening.

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