February is a big football month and I love that.
It comes right after January, a transfer month, which I detest.
Having said that, I will look back on January 2018 with satisfaction because so much happened.
Coquelin was sold to Valencia.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was unloaded to Liverpool, who lost Coutinho and had ready cash.
Theo Walcott also went to Merseyside to pep up struggling Everton, who had sold Ross Barkley, a player Antonio Conte didn’t want, to Chelsea.
Instead of signing unproven 22-year olds or teenagers, Wenger signed two proven pros who used to play together for Borussia Dortmund. The pair are close friends.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was marooned in Manchester, not getting a game for United, so he was on the phone to his pal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, saying: “If you sign for Arsenal, I’l join you.”
Having trained together for years, and played hundreds of games together, Auba and the Armenian hit the ground running. Both looked slick, fast and penetrating in the 5-1 victory over Everton.
Meanwhile, Wenger’s squad still has young players who haven’t made it and don’t look like making it.
Today, for the first time, an accomplished sportswriter has written about how Wenger’s “youth policy” is failing.
If you only read one article today, make sure it’s this one.