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ARSENAL’S transfer business this window will damage the club for years to come.
That is the verdict of pundit and Gunners legend Sol Campbell.
Arsene Wenger is facing criticism for the handling of star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
The duo are both out of contract at the end of the season after Arsenal failed to cash in in the summer.
Sanchez looks set to leave in the coming weeks.
But Campbell believes the effects of this transfer window will be felt long after the season is over.
“Other teams have invested big money year after year and have also retained their best players and have kicked on,” he told talkSPORT.
“But at the moment, Arsenal are not retaining their best players. This is a vital period in Arsenal’s season when they need to keep their best players and add to them, not take them away.
“When you start taking the really top players who can really turn a game away, you’ve got to fill that spot and it’s not easy to do that in January.
“They’ve got to find players who can stabilise the team and move them forward into the summer, so they can build from there and more players come along.
“But if you keep on selling your best players, some players might say: ‘Well, why do I want to go there? All their best players are leaving!’
“I think teams go in cycles – Arsenal are in this cycle and they need to figure out how to get out of it, but it might take three or four years.”
Despite the talk of multiple exits, Arsenal have been linked with moves for Malcom and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Wenger is under increasing pressure after his side lost 2-1 at Bournemouth yesterday.