Biggest winners and losers of the winter transfer window in Premier League

The winter transfer window most of the time is slow, predictable, and uninspiring. There are exceptions to this rule, such as the Nemanja Vidic to Manchester United move, Luis Suarez to Liverpool transfer, or Chelsea’s love to bring defenders in the middle of the season.

However, this window had intrigues, and some of them were interesting for the fans of all the clubs in the country. Some big stars could come to the Premier League, and some left, which is why people checked the news and made bets on throughout January. Let’s analyze which clubs in the League made the right moves to secure the highest positions by the end of the season.

Losers: Arsenal

Mikel Arteta made it clear that he won’t tolerate the disrespect of the club by anyone, even if it’s one of the biggest stars in the team and the squad’s captain simultaneously. Aubameyang fully deserved the contract extension in 2020: the forward was a heart and a leading force of the Londoners before putting the ink on the paper. The Gabonian striker changed after that: he lowered the standards and couldn’t give Arsenal half of what he had prior.

Add the behaviour problems to that, and you’ll get a big problem in your team with roughly £25 million in wages. Mikel Arteta might be happy with Aubameyang leaving for Barcelona, but there’s nobody to replace him yet. Arsenal is left with Alexandre Lacazette, who isn’t at his best, and Eddie Nketiah, who has a long way to go to the top.

But Aubameyang isn’t the last player who left Arsenal this window. The team also lost Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Pablo Mari to Italy clubs on loan. Calum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac won’t be an option for Arteta anymore since they left the club permanently.

Auston Trusty, the defender from the MLS team Colorado Rapids, was the only Arsenal acquisition. Such weak transfers might cost this team a top-4 place.

Winners: Tottenham

Antonio Conte is a tough person and manager to cope with, but you might get some of his magic in your club when everything clicks. In the first season under Italian’s management, Chelsea felt that when he used the three at the back formation, made it famous again, and brought the title to Stamford Bridge. Inter Milan also had those sparkles when the Lukaku-Martinez duo shredded through any defence in the country and eventually became champions.

But it’s hard to tie the Italian to one place: he prefers everything in the club to go his way, or he won’t work there. Daniel Levy chose to side with Conte and make way for the summer transfers by letting the players, who don’t fit his vision, go. Most of them were set for the loans, like Tanguy Ndombele, Bryan Gil, or Giovani Lo Celso, but Dele Alli left the club permanently. He’s set to rebuild Everton with Donny van de Beek, Anwar El Ghazi, and other acquisitions under freshly assigned Frank Lampard management. The move to Liverpool might be a step back for Alli but a needed measure for a fresh start. Lampard, though, might regret this gig: his new team is four points from relegation, emotionally unstable, and if they leave the Premier League, the failure might substantially damage the reputation of the legendary player.

Tottenham, meanwhile, wasn’t only parting with players. The team was active in the transfer market and made two exciting deals. Though Antonio Conte’s main targets in Adama Traore and Luis Diaz chose to move to Barcelona and Liverpool, the Londoners moved their focus to someone more plausible. The options were found in Juventus, as one of the leaders of Italian football was ready to part with Dejan Kulusevski on loan and Rodrigo Bentancur as a permanent deal.

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