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Wenger wants final word on signings

September 1, 2013
By ESPN staff

Arsene Wenger insists he wants to make the final decision on what players Arsenal buy and sell, disregarding suggestions he requires a director of football to assist him in the transfer market.

Arsene Wenger
GettyImagesWenger is under pressure to make a signing before Monday's deadline day cut-off.

Wenger has faced much criticism for his transfer dealings this summer, with former player Mathieu Flamini and Yaya Sanogo the only signings thus far.

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With north London rivals Tottenham -- who travel to the Emirates on Sunday -- adding three more players to their roster on Friday, Wenger has been urged to appoint a director, but the Frenchman is not willing to relinquish his control.

"A director of football buys the players. When they don't work, you (the manager) are guilty for them not playing well," he said, according to the Daily Mail. "If it works, the director of football has bought well.

"I am not against having people to help me buy and sell. I cannot do it all -- I am not Superman, but the final decision has to belong to the manager to decide who comes in and who goes out. He is responsible for the style of play and the results.

"I have to stand up for the results of the team. It makes sense that the manager makes those decisions. I have people around me who help, but the final decision has to be down to the manager. I have a good experience of the game. I have played over 900 games here, but I don't deny that the transfer market is a problem for me. It conflicts with the competition when that competition has already started."

Wenger believes the criticism he has faced is unwarranted, claiming the quality of his current squad is being overlooked.

"People have been brainwashed. People don't question any more if players are better than the ones you already have," he added. "Take (Tomas) Rosicky. You have to find a better player than him or (Santi) Cazorla or a better player than Jack Wilshere.

"That is what people forget, just how good the players you already have are. It is difficult to accept because people don't look any more. (Aaron) Ramsey is 22 and Wilshere is 21, so that means they can only get better. They have fantastic qualities and have fantastic engines. People don't realise they have something special here."

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