Arsenal fan Darren Bent loved the Gunners’ January signings – but insisted their London rivals Chelsea were the window winners.
The Premier League side shelled out more than £300m last month across eight transfers as owner Todd Boehly continued to flex his financial muscles.
Midfielder Enzo Fernandez joined Chelsea from Benfica with a British record fee of £106.8m reaching a potential £115m.
Winger Mykhailo Mudryk has also been signed for £88m, along with Noni Madueke [35m]Benoit Badiashile [£33.7m]Malo Gusto [£26m]Andrei Santos [£11m]David Datro Fofana [£10m] and João Felix [£9.7m loan fee].
Giving his take on the winter transfer window, former Tottenham striker Bent picked his winners from those with the best bargains.
Speaking on talkSPORT Drive, host Andy Goldstein asked Bent who the best signing in the window was.
To which the Arsenal fan said: “Signing the window is difficult as many clubs have made signings.
“But the one that makes sense to me, I like Trossard at Arsenal. If you think about signing, good player – very good player, exceptional.
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Not having it, Goldstein replied, “Sorry, is that your window signature?”
Bent continued, “Give me another one, then. [Wout] Weghorst? No. I went Trossard or Mudryk, but didn’t really want to put it in because he dropped out of Arsenal!
Although Bent has pointed out that Weston McKennie is another candidate after Leeds signed the American midfielder on an initial loan from Juventus.
He commented: “I opted for Trossard, it makes sense, good signing, but do you know who was close? Weston McKennie for Leeds.
“I like what Leeds are doing with this signing because he also plays alongside Tyler Adams for the United States, you saw how well they played against England at the World Cup, good energy .
“I almost opted for him, but no, I opted for Leandro Trossard.”
As for the player who spent the most, Bent opted for Fernandez, purely because of his record movement.
He said: “The only one that comes to mind, and I know he hasn’t kicked a ball yet, but Enzo Fernandez.
“I have no doubt he’s a good player. We saw him at the World Cup, he’s very good, but really to break the British transfer record? No, I think it’s a good player, but I can’t justify the £115m.
Moving on to January’s best deal, Bent said Jorginho’s move from Stamford Bridge to the Emirates was his choice.
Knowing Goldstein wouldn’t approve, he said: “I know you’re going to hammer me for this, Jorginho, £12m.”
Goldstein replied, “It’s ridiculously cheap.”
Leading Bent to say: “For someone with that much experience, which Arsenal needed, a proven winner, £12m, I would pick him for the best deal.”
Fernandez took Jorginho’s former No.5 but despite Arsenal awarding them in two categories while questioning Fernandez’s price tag, it was Chelsea who he claimed were January’s winners.
After naming Everton as his biggest losers, Bent said: “It has to be Chelsea, it has to be Chelsea.
“Over £300m spent, but they’ve brought in good players.”
Top 10 biggest signings in Premier League history
10. Angel Di Maria to Man United (£67.5m, 2014)
9. Kevin De Bruyne to Man City (£68m, 2015)
8. Kepa Arrizabalaga to Chelsea (£72m, 2018)
7. Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal (£72m, 2019)
6. Kai Havertz to Chelsea (£72m, 2020)
5. Jadon Sancho to Man United (£73m, 2021)
4. Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool (£76m, 2018)
3. Romelu Lukaku to Man United (£76m, 2017)
2. Harry Maguire to Man United (£78m, 2019)
- Paul Pogba to Man United (£94m, 2016)