So the Gonzalo Higuain chase drags on yet another day and still the Real Madrid player hasn’t put pen to paper and signed for the The Gunners. The Daily Mail has a theory why it is is taking so long and that is because no one wants to sign for Arsenal first.
The paper suggests that no one believes that the club will spend the money so Higuain, Rooney and Fellaini don’t want to be the marquee signing in case others don’t follow.
Could it be that Arsenal are experiencing the same complication as Walker: they need to make a marquee signing to make others believe in their project, but somebody has to be the first to jump.
If Higuain signs, will Rooney warm to Arsenal, too? If Rooney and Higuain are bought in, who else would come to regard Arsenal as an option?
The problem is the club have spent so long as the poor relations among the elite, with so many unfulfilled promises of substantial investment, that the professional view is sceptical: when they see it, they’ll believe it. But who wants to be first?
Is he right? Well the Rooney deal seems just a little more likely after yesterday as The Sun, and others say clear the air talks between the England player and new United manager David Moyes haven’t gone well. The Sun says that Fergie number two Mike Phelan is convinced that Rooney is heading for the exit.
Those talks will continue today but Phelan, who left his role as assistant manager at Old Trafford last month, believes both parties could agree a parting of the ways is for the best.
He added: “Somewhere down the line there will be words said, there will be meetings. They’ll see if it’s still alive and worth going for or they’ll call time on it.”
The Sun also has a storythat I doubt that will please many Arsenal fans. It suggests that put off by the huge fee that Everton are asking for Marouane Fellaini that Arsene Wenger has turned his attention to Gareth Barry as a possible player to fulfill the holding midfielder role. The Sun suggests that the 32 year old could be picked up for next to nothing too.
An insider said: “It looks like Arsenal are just weighing things up at the moment and they do have other priorities. But they know Gareth would do a good job for them.”
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