Arsenal fans have been licking their lips at the possibility of Rooney wearing the red of Arsenal next season , however Gunners legend Adams has a different point of view.
“I’m not sure Wayne Rooney could handle London to be completely honest. That would be a massive risk for me.” Adams told talkSPORT. The striker’s temperament worries the former Gunners captain and puts him off making a move for the striker.
“I don’t think it’s a question of finances. I think it’s his temperament and mentality. London is a different animal. I think it takes a different type of player to handle it.” He added.
Rooney’s discipline backs up Adams comments. He swore at the England bench after being substituted against Spain in 2004 and was sent off two years later for a deliberate foul on Ricardo Carvalho and pushing away Cristiano Ronaldo. A red card against Fulham in 2009 saw his temper flare up again, abusing referee Phil Dowd before throwing the corner flag to the ground.
The 2010 World Cup was further evidence of Rooney’s temperament with frustrations getting the better of him in the goalless draw with Algeria. He took a swipe at England fans for their reaction to the score. He dented his reputation further after kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovic for no reason to earn another England red card. Adams believes his temper will get the better of him should he move to London.
Adams went on to say “I think Wayne is unquestionably a super player and I’d love to see him at the Arsenal. Technically he’s a fantastic player but I’m not sure about him mentally, off the pitch, and his professionalism.”
Sir Alex Ferguson has been a good mentor to the former Everton hitman but even he struggled to control Rooney at times. Adams believes Wenger would be a good mentor too but believes there are better options than Rooney. “I know Sir Alex Ferguson has dealt with Wayne Rooney brilliantly over the last few years and I’m sure Arsene could handle him, but I’m not sure. I wouldn’t like to spend my money on Wayne.”
Arsenal are reportedly close to a deal with Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain but still remain interested in Rooney.