Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta is also worrying about the discrepancy in the length of Saudi Pro League’s transfer window and the English Premier League.
According to him, football governing bodies should align the timings of the SPL with European calender, adding that the Middle Easterner’s league is now a “competitor” with other top leagues.
Arteta is making this know because the Premier League where he is have until Sept. 1 to complete all their summer transfer dealings, while in Saudi Arabi, they can still bring in players until Sept. 20.
And the Arsenal manager believes selling players that clubs would not be able to replace because the Premier League transfer window has closed, could destroy the entire season.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had previously raised this concern, and this week report emerged that Saudi Pro League club Al-Ittihad are interested in signing the club’s talisman Mohamed Salah. Although, he said no offer has been submitted and that the winger is committed to staying at Anfield. But other reports have suggested that the SPL side will go all out for him, and lmthe Reds could be tempted at the end to sell the Egyptian magician.
However, ahead of this weekend game, where Arsenal will face Fulham, Arteta said: “I think we have to change [the window closing on Sept. 20].”
Asked whether to lose a player after EPL window is enough to destabilise club’s season, he replied: “Yes, very much. The principle would be [not to sell after Sept. 1] but I cannot make the decision for the club. It is a lot of people involved in that process and they would have a say, the ownership, would do the same. It would be on the table like with any offer and you have to look at it. The only thing I’m saying is it’s not ideal because they are a competitor.”
A lots of talents have departed Europe to sign for clubs in Saudi Arabia, last Saturday, Fulham leading goalscorer Aleksander Mitrovic forced a move to join Al Hilal.
Arsenal have not lost any of their players to SPL, but some of the club’s players are on their lists.
The likes of Neymar, Ruben Neves, Karim Benzema, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jota, Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante, Roberto Formino and others have also signed for clubs on the Saudi Pro League this summer alone.