Finally we’re satisfied.
Because after years, football fans actually have some proper January transfers to cherish rather than just Mathieu Flamini re-joining Arsenal on loan.
Jim White and the gang at Sky Sports had their work cut out on Deadline Day for once rather than falsely instructing everyone ‘not to go to bed.’
Back in 2011 we were treated to the Fernando Torres-Luis Suarez-Andy Carroll saga but this entertainment was sustained throughout the month rather than confined to the final hours.
There are many reasons why 2018 will go down as the best January transfer window in history, but we’ve whittled it down to seven…
1 Spending records were obliterated
£225m? That’s pennies lads.
Try nearly £419m – nearly double the previous record – for starters.
2 Five clubs broke their transfer records
Yes, a quarter of the Premier League sides forked out club-record fees for new players this month.
Liverpool (Virgil van Dijk), Arsenal (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang), Man City (Aymeric Laporte), Brighton (Jurgen Locadia) and Swansea (Andre Ayew) all stumped up the big bucks.
Amazingly, Swansea re-signed Ayew from West Ham – a player they originally bought for free just two-and-a-half-years ago. Fine business if you ask me.
3 Arsenal lost the window… and then won it emphatically
Arsenal fans will tell you there really is never a dull moment supporting their club.
After watching their best player in Alexis Sanchez leave for arch rivals Manchester United it was all doom and gloom.
But then came the final few days of unbridled joy.
After snapping up Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Armenian was joined by his former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang… and Mesut Ozil then signed a new contract.
You almost forget they lost 3-1 to Swansea on Tuesday night.
4 The announcements were taken to new levels
Last summer it became the status quo to unveil players in the quirkiest ways possible.
But as soon as United announced the Sanchez deal with the Chilean playing the piano to ‘Glory glory Man United!’ we knew the game had been raised.
Further credit goes to West Ham’s Joao ‘Super’ Mario cartoon and this stunning Game of Thrones themed effort from Turkish club Konyaspor.
5 The ‘bants’ has been pretty lively
I hate to use that word but it has been sensational at times.
From Peter Odemwingie mocking his own previous endeavours:
To Motherwell trolling United’s Sanchez announcement with their own version:
Everyone deserves a decent pat on the back. There’s no ‘I’ in January… you all made it the experience it was.
6 Players who needed moves got them
It’s a World Cup year which means some players needed fresh starts to force their way back into the international reckoning.
Ross Barkley, Daniel Sturridge and Theo Walcott all fall into that category and all made eye-catching moves to pursue that dream.
Even Olivier Giroud is probably guaranteed more minutes at Chelsea than at Arsenal, which is slightly bonkers to comprehend.
7 And David Ornstein cemented his status as the most influential person on the planet
BBC reporter David Ornstein had a cult following anyway, but Arsenal’s business in January has put him firmly on the map.
Anything Ornstein tweeted was taken as gospel and then instantly bombarded by some of the best and most baffling memes you can possibly imagine.
Even other journos were getting involved in the online sensation.
- Guus Hiddink checks phone to see 20 missed calls after Chelsea lose to Bournemouth
- Who is going to be the first £200million player?
- Remembering when Daniel Sturridge was the best striker in Europe for one season only