Paul Parker

Control freak Wenger afraid of big signings

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Arsenal fans must be wondering yet again why there is so much talk about big signings coming into the club but no end result.

I'm not convinced that Arsene Wenger even wants to sign any of these big-name players. The top players have their own personalities and if you are at the summit of the game it is natural that you are going to have an element of arrogance about you.

Wenger does not want to deal with this type of player: he is a control freak who wants players that will do as they are told and won't talk back to him. The Higuains, Rooneys and Suarezs of this world will give their opinion and want to have their say in certain situations.

Arsene likes his younger players, ones that he can coach and make better - that's the problem.

He may have a lot of money, but does he really want to spend it? Does he want to go out and get these top players?

Then there is the question of whether the top players would even want to play for Wenger and Arsenal because they haven't won a trophy in eight years.

Also, the Gunners are now at a level where one signing is not going to make all the difference. Even if they signed Higuain they would need to bring in other players before they were ready to start competing with the top clubs again.

The team lacks a spine - they haven't had one for a number of years. They need a powerful central midfielder and a top centre-half - and maybe even a new goalkeeper.

There is a lot of talk in the transfer market at the moment and not a lot of action, but I think one big transfer could create a domino effect.

We might have to wait until the back end of August before this happens, when panic signings are made. Two months further down the line we will all be reading about transfer flops that were signed without the proper thought-process.

One player that Arsenal do not seem to be linked with is Cesc Fabregas, despite the fact that they reportedly have a buy-back clause for him.

I'm not surprised about this because if you look at their current midfield they already have Santi Cazorla - and Wenger might see him and Fabregas as being too similar.

Arsenal fans would love Fabregas to come back but I think they need somebody sturdier in there. Wenger could come under pressure from the fans to match Manchester United's bid for him if Barcelona decide to sell, but Arsenal did not win anything when Fabregas was there so it could be a step backwards to spend all that money on him.

Sticking with Fabregas, I'm surprised that United are being so public in their pursuit of him – to me that is only going to increase the price.

I'm not even sure he would fancy the move. For years he was talking about how it was his dream to sign for Barcelona so it seems strange that he would be so keen to go back to England so quickly. He will also be looking at the new manager at Barcelona and thinking he might now have a chance to impress and become more of a regular in the team.

David Moyes has opened himself up to criticism, though, if he cannot push this transfer through. People might start to question whether United have the same pull they did when Alex Ferguson was in charge.

I know it was a long time ago, but United had problems in replacing Matt Busby and players could be looking at United and wondering if history is going to repeat itself.

Names like Baines, Fellaini, Thiago Alcantara and now Fabregas have been linked all summer, very publicly, but nothing has been completed.

In the past, when a player was linked with United, the rumour was often quickly dismissed - but that doesn't seem to be the case any more and just keeps unsettling rumours swirling around the club.

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