Are Arsenal Really Considering Signing Wayne Rooney?

Could England and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney really switch the red and black of United for the red and white of Arsenal next season?

All signs point to no, though, the Daily Mail claims that the London club really are considering signing Rooney. Considering the club have rarely spent large sums of money in any transfer window, linking Rooney to Arsenal seems slightly far-fetched.

According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners are becoming increasingly more optimistic about bringing the English international to London after reports surfaced that Rooney had handed in a transfer request before the end of the season.

The Mail reports that Arsenal have held multiple discussions about bringing in Rooney, and it look as if the club may be prepared to offer the striker a five year deal worth £200,000-a-week. Rooney still has 2 years left on his current deal at United, but he’s handed in two transfer requests in three seasons and could well be on his way out despite United bringing in David Moyes to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.

Arsenal have been after a big ‘statement’ signing for several years now and the arrival of Wayne Rooney would be just that. After having sold players like Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, and Robin Van Persie, the North London club has failed to replace those players with the same amount of quality. Players like Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, and Gervinho have all been brought in in recent seasons, but haven’t been able to live up to the standard of the likes of Nasri, Fabregas, and Van Persie.

The arrival of Rooney would help Arsene Wenger and Arsenal show they have the desire and intent to challenge for silverware. The London side haven’t won a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005. The team then featured the likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp and more. Since their departures, the club have not only failed to win a trophy, but failed to replace the experience and quality that a team rightly labelled as the Invincibles brought to the club.

Do you think Arsenal should sign Rooney? Do you think the club are even considering a striker that would absolutely smash the current wage bill that features Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski on £100,000-a-week  as the highest paid players?

34 Comments on "Are Arsenal Really Considering Signing Wayne Rooney?"

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  1. silentstan says:

    no

  2. Urban joe says:

    Leave off.

  3. Neal says:

    Arsenal don’t buy on name alone.

  4. Jamali says:

    The problem is not what Arsenal wants. It’s what they are prepared to do and what they can have.

    Can Arsenal afford a marquee world class player? Probably could.
    Should Arsenal splash the cash? Yes.
    Would Arsenal splash the cash? Most probably no.

    Would any marquee world class player in their prime come to Arsenal?
    Hell NO..!!!!

    No trophies for 8 years. Can’t hold on to their stars. The very best players only comes to clubs that aims to be champions, not a top 4 place.

    • Kasey McLean Kasey McLean says:

      Tough situation they find themselves in, Jamali. All the points you make are correct. How do they get out of the trophy slump they are in, though, if they are unable to attract the best players like they once were?

    • Oguntuase Amos says:

      Arsenal don’t need Rooney or any superbrat player who may cost fortunes to maintain. We don’t need to borrow money or have a father Xmas to survive. We can still pay a player between 120.000-150,000 without ruining the finances of the club. Arsenal will sign quality player but not ones with inflated ego like Rooney

  5. Soner Osman says:

    I can’t see that happening at all. 200k aweek for rooney while the other top player’s at arsenal are on 90 or 100k. That would cause problems especially when the other players will be putting in a better work rate for the club then fatboy would. You would only swallow that much of a wage gap for some one like messi… Surely!

    • Kasey McLean Kasey McLean says:

      I agree – the gap in wages would certainly be cause for concern. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. There are only a certain number of clubs that can afford that type of wage so despite being super rich at the moment, he’s really only given himself a few choices for the next steps in his career.

    • alan_b.stard.M.P says:

      screw the others. They should get paid what they are worth, which isn’t much. It ain’t an equal opportunity employer

      • Anonymous says:

        that reply make me laugh old boy i agree wif u, the others should work hard en become world class, see Gareth Bale now from a miserable left back to a world class roving player being coveted by even Real Madrid! unbelievable what hard work en determination can do to a player considered a waste of space few years ago!.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Yeah i think arsenal are making the right choice by signing wayne rooney if rooney move to arsenal there will be a slight of changes in arsenal next season with the help of cazorla wilshere aterta and rooney in the midfield this is a big chance for arsenal

  7. Abdul-Ghaffar Isaque says:

    Buying Rooney would have been great but,i don’t trust Arsene and the board.

  8. Idealist says:

    No brainer…would appreciate if someone would to create rumors, please put some logic in it, I mean common sense please!!! Hitting his wages at 200k per week and the funniest thing is none of Arsenal top players is enjoying tis rate at the moment. The most high paid players probably is Poldoski which is estimated around 100k per week so if this true, means Arsene Wenger is to crate tension among the senior players it is like waging war against his own players, does it make sense? Honestly Rooney’s case could be a double- edge sword to Arsenal, Yes to have him where he is a proven striker and NO he is absolutely not coming and knowing this is a false alarm why we waste time harvesting on this article…something more logic please!!!

    • Kasey McLean Kasey McLean says:

      Idealist – we didn’t create the rumour, just presenting what the Daily Mail have reported and want to know what people think about it. Thing is, if Arsenal want to bring in a top top striker, they’ll have to spend more than what they are spending on their players now. Players like Lewandowski, Falcao, Cavani, Rooney – all these guys demand a massive wage. If Wenger brings in a second tier striker, he gets criticised for not going after the bigger strikers. Difficult situation to be in.

  9. LB says:

    I sincerely hope that we are not interested in buying him. At best, Rooney is a ‘has been’ and is no where near the level he was only 2 years ago. Yep, if he vould join on a ‘free’ and accept £60 – 70k a week, no problem. However, I’d far rather Benteke or Micho for onlyvhalf the outlay of a oast hus prime Rooney ! Why do you think Man U are prepared to let him go ??

  10. abdulkadir says:

    arsenal should buy rooney 4 d improvement of d club and many more.

  11. diablo says:

    spending 24million we got for van-judas on rooney and paying him the extra cash wè relieve from dumping the deadwood is my only wish
    we got money,we need quality
    #no finance scalng for f*** sake

  12. Roland C Rozario says:

    A single word ….. NO!

  13. fsd says:

    Buy Rooney for more money than what we sold RVP for? And in return arsenal ge a relatively weaker player in terms of goal scoring poweress?

    Poor decision and management.

  14. alan_b.stard.M.P says:

    LOL Won’t happen and Wenger knows it. Why don’t you journalists cover soap operas? You may as well considering the gossip you persue

  15. Vishal says:

    200k/week and wenger…….are u kidding….those 2 don’t mix….I don’t see wenger signing rooney…..and even if he signs it would be about 150k/week with a massive signing bonus….This could help bypass the salary gap…..

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is good news. we welcome him as Arsenal player. up guners

  17. pete says:

    I would rather see cesc back and pay him the big bucks could you imagine cesc. jack . santi . and arteta together wooh

  18. Max says:

    Rooney is a spent force. If Rooney had been good enough they wouldn’t have needed Van Persie.

  19. Jamali says:

    Guys, what is the ambition of the club? Only top 4 finish? We went out buying has-beens, mediocre players and a bus loads of kids and ended up waiting till the last day to secure 4th place. Simply pathetic.

    EPL Champion – we’re so far off the pace it’s like they’re (MU) in another planet. Impossible target now.
    2nd spot – Still dreaming. City’s fat wallet ensure that.
    3rd spot – Still a dream but a very remote possibility. But watch out, Mourinho’s coming.
    4th spot.- All we can hope for. A tough fight with Spurs.

    We haven’t won trophies for so long now that we’ve gotten used to it now. Every season gone by we’ve accepted excuses for mediocre performance. These excuses becomes acceptable now. 4th spot now becomes the comfort zone. Arsenal does not have a winning mentality because none in the squad have ever won anything, and it feels perfectly fine. But whenever MU doesn’t become champions, there is hell to pay. See the difference? RVP left to become a champion, nothing wrong with that considering he’s never ever gonna get it here.

    The problem is the Board lacks ambition and AW’s recruitment policy actually supports it.

    Rooney won’t come even if we matched his current salary. For one, PSG can pay more. Also in PSG he’ll be playing with stars who competes for the biggest trophies in football.

    So do we have to wait until we slack off (will happen) and Spurs pounce on the 4th spot before actually getting off our ass and sack someone? Pathetic mid table mediocre mentality.

    Don’t just spend peanuts on potential because potential cannot blossom without quality around it. Pay peanuts, get monkeys. Cling on to past glories and we’ll end up like Liverpool.

    Only solution, sack the Board and get an Arab billionaire sugar daddy. Then maybe in 5 years, we’ll be able to challenge for the league.

    So I ask again, what is our ambition? EPL champions? Go support another club.

    • Kasey McLean Kasey McLean says:

      Shame that it has come to that though, don’t you think? I suppose gone are the days when you can buy a player like Henry or Van Persie for cheap and let the develop into a world class player. These super-rich clubs are buying players that will come in and immediately make an impact.

      Wenger built the Invincibles with a bunch of players that were relatively unproven – yes some were big players like Bergkamp and Campbell – but Henry, Vieira, Fabregas, Lljungberg were all guys that weren’t world-class when they came to Arsenal.

      I suppose having a massive warchest to bring in players is a must if a club is expected to compete for the title.

      Thanks again for commenting. Enjoying the discussion.

  20. Mannix says:

    Tell me one single season Arsenal haven’t been linked with high class player and show me one who came for real? All this Higuin, Rooney, Villa, Jovenic are just hoax to keep us busy hoping for the best and see how desparate our officials are to win titles but in real sense their goals is making money by qualifying for champions 2nd rnd and fattened their account. Periods! The only stars I am expecting is the likes of Yaya Sonoka and other middle class French players.

  21. Mannix says:

    Jamali u r absolutely right, u hit the point 100%. Some crap minded Arsenal fans are talking as if they use their money to pay the players and bringing the likes of Rooney will cos them to go bankrupt. They can bring all excusses, call Rooney egocentric or whatever but i’ve witnessed Rooney single handedly help man u win epl title.Some of Arsenal fans have became like their boards with no ambitious at all. I wish arsenal shuldn’t qualify for Uefa Cl.

  22. Jamali says:

    Arsenal is basically run by accountants. It’s an accounting firm, football club being just the subsidiary business.

    The best clubs in Europe are run by football passionate Board with very good business sense. MU, Bayern, Barca, Juventus.

    For instance, none of the Fortune500 companies are run by accountants or even ex-accountants. Accountants support the business without being the key decision makers. An auditor steps in only when the business is under “administration”.

    The Arsenal Board (bloody accountants) doesn’t understand that trophies are what pays for the whole party. MU makes so much more on TV rights alone than Arsenal’s total income in the entire season, including selling RVP.

    SAF knew he’s already won the EPL even before the start of the season, the moment he landed RVP. The 24mil paid for itself 5 times over in a single season. MU became champions and made much more money in return by being daring enough to spend on a 29 year old.

    Arsenal fans mocked RVP for his injuries and so on but MU got a full season out of him. Shows we can’t even get good physios or we’re using him wrongly.

    Come on people, until we wake up and finally realize that AW and the Board is the core of the problem, we’ll keep sliding into mid table mediocrity. Everybody is living in a state of denial.

    Sorry for using MU as a comparison but, they ARE the benchmark. A shining example of how a club should be run. Forget about the “we have our own style of play and good governance” argument crap. Style doesn’t get you in the history books. Style doesn’t pay for the whole party.

    So again, what is our ambition?

  23. Jamali says:

    Arsenal is basically run by accountants. It’s an accounting firm, football club being just the subsidiary business.

    The best clubs in Europe are run by football passionate Board with very good business sense. MU, Bayern, Barca, Juventus.

    For instance, none of the Fortune500 companies are run by accountants or even ex-accountants. Accountants support the business without being the key decision makers. An auditor steps in only when the business is under “administration”.

    The Arsenal Board (bloody accountants) doesn’t understand that trophies are what pays for the whole party. MU makes so much more on TV rights alone than Arsenal’s total income in the entire season, including selling RVP.

    SAF knew he’s already won the EPL even before the start of the season, the moment he landed RVP. The 24mil paid for itself 5 times over in a single season. MU became champions and made much more money in return by being daring enough to spend on a 29 year old.

    Arsenal fans mocked RVP for his injuries and so on but MU got a full season out of him. Shows we can’t even get good physios or we’re using him wrongly.

    Come on people, until we wake up and finally realize that AW and the Board is the core of the problem, we’ll keep sliding into mid table mediocrity. Everybody is living in a state of denial.

    Sorry for using MU as a comparison but, they ARE the benchmark. A shining example of how a club should be run. Forget about the “we have our own style of play and good governance” argument crap. Style doesn’t get you in the history books. Style doesn’t pay for the whole party.

  24. james says:

    Rooney to Arsenal not that far-fetched. If rumours of MU interest in Fabregas are true, Arsenal hold key since they have a Right of First Refusal over Fabregas move back to EPL. So deal could consist of Arsenal agreeing to waive their rights (or any compensation) in exchange for MU agreeing to sell Rooney to them at pre-agreed value that would factor in the value of Arsenal’s rights and a one-time payment to Rooney that would see him come in on lower wages.

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