Arsenal’s pursuit of Wayne Rooney could prove to be one of the best transfers Arsene Wenger has ever made. Yes, I know Moyes said he is not for sale but he said the same thing about Rooney just before Rooney left for United, Lescot before he went to City and Arteta before we sign him.
It’s difficult to match the signings of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira but Rooney could have his name amongst those Arsenal legends if he makes the switch from Manchester to North London.
He is expected to hold further talks with David Moyes over his future according but is still adamant that he wants to leave Old Trafford to embark on a new challenge in his career. His preference is to remain in England with both Arsenal and Chelsea highly interested.
It is widely known that Arsenal haven’t won a trophy since their 2005 FA Cup success over Manchester United and although they have gone close, they have failed to register any silverware since. The current squad is not at the standard to challenge for honours but could be with a few acquisitions with Rooney being one of them.
The England forward has shown on more than one occasion that he is one of the best strikers on the planet. His goal
record speaks for itself and Arsenal could do with a guaranteed goal scorer. The best place to check the fixtures where Rooney has scored in is at footballscores.com football results. He scored 17 goals as a youngster for Everton before bagging a hat-trick on his Manchester United debut. He has gone on to cement his place amongst the Old Trafford elite with 197 goals in all competitions, 100 of those coming in the past four seasons. He netted 34 goals in the 2009/10 season and repeated that feat 2 seasons later. His goal record speaks for itself and Arsenal could do with a guaranteed goal scorer.
A move to Arsenal could benefit his scoring records even further with the Gunners creating numerous chances per game but failing to have a striker good enough to convert so many chances. Olivier Giroud managed an impressive 17 goals in his debut season but missed more than he scored. Rooney would offer a better conversion rate from chances.
His international record is credible too. He currently has 36 goals in 83 caps and is coming in to his prime years. At 27, he is sure to make the England ‘Hundred Club’. He is 5th all time England top scorer and is only 4 goals away from Michael Owen in 4th. It is highly plausible that he could beat Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 before he retires. He would also forge a good playing bond with Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott which would help out at club and country.
The Gunners are strongly linked with Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain with his arrival expected to be announced in the coming days but that doesn’t mean Rooney shouldn’t arrive too. Having 3 strong strikers in the squad would only be a positive for Arsenal as they look to end their long trophyless run.
Manchester United have insisted Rooney is not for sale but if he doesn’t want to stay, it is highly unlikely that Moyes will keep him. Arsene Wenger has made his interest in the striker public and reports emerged last week that the club had made a £20 million bid, however that is still to be confirmed.
Any bid that Arsenal do make will be fiercely contested with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea but Rooney’s representatives have welcomed a move to Arsenal and a transfer could happen. Robin Van Persie made the opposite move last summer and pushed Rooney out of the limelight. He was made to play deeper to accommodate Van Persie’s place in the team and wasn’t pleased by it. He could join Arsenal to spite Van Persie’s arrival while becoming the main man again at the Gunners.
He wants a new challenge and Arsenal can offer him that. Rooney could lead Arsenal towards their next trophy, which is their biggest challenge of all. They have qualified for the Champions League and so Rooney will still be able to compete at the highest level while assurances have been made that his current salary will be matched.