Will Arsenal land Rooney?
“Rooney could be an interesting player for everybody in the world, who would turn him down?” Wenger told Al Jazeera Sport, according to Ben Curtis of Mirror Football. “David Moyes' first challenge is to go in to Manchester and bridge the gap between him and Rooney. If that is feasible or not depends on his personality.... we will see. It will be interesting to see how that will be handled.”
If Manchester United’s new manager can’t convince Rooney to withdraw the transfer request he made to Sir Alex Ferguson, Wenger should look to do more business with the English football club.
Last year, the Gunners sold Robin van Persie to the Red Devils. Van Persie went on to lead the English Premier League in goals scored and carry them to a title. Returning the favor and stealing Rooney—who became disgruntled after Van Persie stole his striker role—would catapult the Gunners into EPL title contention.
Rooney struggled to adapt at midfield this past season, finishing with 12 goals and 10 assists. As a striker the previous year, though, he hammered home 27 goals and added four assists. That’s exactly the type of production Arsenal is missing from the position.
The Gunners are loaded offensively with Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski at winger and Santi Cazorla at midfielder. However, Olivier Giroud came up far short in his attempt to fill Van Persie’s shoes, scoring just 11 goals this season.
Despite their lack of an elite striker, though, Arsenal still finished fourth in the EPL standings and only five points behind Manchester City for second place.
Rooney would provide Wenger and company with an elite striker. He boasts two goals and two assists in three matches for England this season. That level of firepower from a single player is exactly what the Gunners are missing.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.