Under normal circumstances, by mid-July we’d be well into the summer transfer window, gearing up to play some pre-season friendlies, and getting the preparations underway for a new Premier League campaign.
Unfortunately, everything has been thrown off course by Covid-19 and the impact it has had on and sport and society.
It doesn’t mean there isn’t still massive interest in transfers though, not least because boss Mikel Arteta continues to stress the importance of Arsenal doing business during this period, and today – after consultation between the league and the clubs – an announcement has been made regarding the upcoming window.
In a statement, the Premier League said:
The window will open for 10 weeks at the end of the current Premier League season, starting on 27 July and ending on 5 October.
Following consultation with the EFL, a domestic-only window will be added from 5 October, closing 17:00 BST on 16 October.
During this window, Premier League clubs will only be able to trade with EFL clubs (either loans or permanent registrations).
No transfers can take place between Premier League clubs in this period.
The transfer window is subject to the approval of FIFA.
Ahead of tonight’s clash with Liverpool, Arteta urged Arsenal’s owners to take a risk with investment, or face the prospect of being left further behind.
“You are not in the Champions League and because you are not in the Champions League, you say, ‘Okay, I don’t invest because I don’t have the financial ability to do it’,” said Arteta.
“But the other clubs invest and then the gap becomes bigger. If I do want to invest and [take the] risk and then I don’t reach it, what happens? That’s the mistake.
“You have to make a decision, whether I want to aim to make that gap closer and go for it or I stay where I am.
“You can see many good examples of teams that have done it [by taking a risk] and they have come back to there [the Champions League], that way.”
There are myriad issues for Arsenal to deal with when the window opens, with players coming and going as per usual, but also some retention required and contractual situations to be sorted out.
As ever, Arseblog News will be on the case, with our patented and highly accurate Poo-o-Meter to help you make the most of the many transfer stories that will inevitably be doing the rounds.