Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he could not turn Wayne Rooney down if Manchester United offered him the chance to sign the England forward.
Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has hinted his club could be ready to bid for wantaway Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
The Red Devils forward submitted a transfer request before the end of the season, and as a result, Sir Alex Ferguson left him out of his last few matches before he retired.
“Rooney could be an interesting player for everybody in the world, who would turn him down?” Wenger told Al Jazeera last night.
“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 and if Rooney bears a grudge or not, we will see.
“It will be interesting to see how that will be handled.”
Rooney has scored 197 goals in 400 matches for Manchester United, and despite playing as number ten, deep midfield and as an orthodox striker throughout his Old Trafford career, he has maintained that average of almost exactly one goal every two games.
He would certainly be an upgrade on the current Arsenal options, with none of Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott or Marouane Chamakh possessing his goal threat and all round game.
Whether incoming Man Utd boss David Moyes would be willing to sell him on this summer is a different matter – despite the public tension between the pair in the past.
Despite Rooney’s lack of favour among the Manchester United fans at present, selling him to a Premier League club would be unlikely to go down particularly well.
Arsenal would also have to drastically alter their wage structure in order to afford Rooney – one of the highest paid footballers in the world.