Wenger Confirms Arsenal Can Compete With Chelsea For Wayne Rooney

By on July 18, 2013

According to reports today, Arsene Wenger is ready to battle Chelsea for the signature of unsettled Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and insists Arsenal can afford his wage demands.

The 27-year-old striker is looking to leave the champions after being left “angry and confused” by manager David Moyes’ comments when he hinted that Rooney was considered as a back-up player to Robin van Persie.

Chelsea made the first move by submitting an opening bid on Tuesday, which the Express newspaper claims was a straight cash deal worth £20m. United rejected that offer immediately and insisted the striker was not for sale and it appears Rooney will now have to sacrifice millions of pounds in loyalty bonuses and hand in a transfer request to push through a move to London.

Jose Mourinho admitted on Wednesday that Rooney was his only target this summer but it looks like Arsenal may be ready to enter the race. It’s widely accepted we’re in the market for a top class striker this summer and Arsene Wenger has claimed the club would have no problem meeting Rooney’s wage demands, but insists the power is with United as the player still has two years left to run on his current deal.

“It happened to us last year and it can happen to them,” Wenger said in reference to Arsenal selling RVP last summer

“We would not have a problem with the wages of Rooney.

“Rooney is under contract and has two years to go so it’s United who make the decision. But we would not have a problem with the wages of Rooney.”

As we continue to struggle to find a breakthrough in negotiations for Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney would be an interesting alternative. He’s no doubt got the talent we’re looking for but he’s likely to be the most expensive of the three due to his reported £250,000-a-week wages, and I personally feel he’ll end up joining Chelsea.

It’s worth a go as we should be interested when any top player is ‘available’, but I think we should concentrate on Suarez and Higuain as they’re more likely to come off.

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Which striker would you like Arsenal to sign this summer? Rooney? Suarez? Higuain?



  1. olayemioladele

    July 18, 2013 at 9:38 am

    About wayne issue, I believe maqn utd should let him go. He is not happy again in utd, I hope its high time to let d lad go to his preffered destiunation. He decide to so let him go.

  2. olayemioladele

    July 18, 2013 at 9:40 am

    About wayne issue, I believe maqn utd should let him go. He is not happy again in utd, I hope its high time to let d lad go to his preffered destiunation. He decide to go so let him go.

  3. jaymes

    July 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Everybody knows we can afford him, stop beating around the bush and get some quality players in..! FFS we need signings of intent…Wenger is sitting on a “warchest” of 70million and has still not spent a dime…by the time Rooney moves to chelsea, higuain to napoli, suarez to madrid, who are we gonna be left with? Then the c*nt will sign Loic Remy and claim he tried but the clubs were not willing to sell…! Stop “DITHERING” and sign the players we need!!!!!!! #AFC#

  4. Doctore

    July 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

    @olayemioladele,could you say that in English?

  5. Doctore

    July 18, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Guys,of course we can afford Rooney’s wages,but would Wenger even try to sign him? No,I don’t think he would.

  6. Youngskyzy

    July 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    As for me wenger should afford suarez than any other striker the guy realy good and fantastic,for higuan lets forget abt it cos the wage madrid is asking is too much suarez is better than higuan

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