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Arsenal ‘Serious’ About Signing Rooney And Started Plotting Move 2 Months Ago

Arsenal are serious about trying to sign Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and staff identified him as a target back in March, according to the Daily Mail.

With the summer transfer window set to re-open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Arsenal are understood to be serious about trying to sign Wayne Rooney.

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Arsenal are serious about trying to sign Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and staff identified the England ace as a potential target back in March, according to the Daily Mail.

Rooney has seen his future come under scrutiny after being left out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge at Old Trafford against Swansea last weekend, with the retiring Scot confirming the 27-year-old has asked to leave the club this summer.

Several top clubs have been linked with a move for Rooney in recent days but a surprise name to be credited with interest is Arsenal, with the Mail claiming Arsene Wenger is deadly serious about trying to land the striker this summer and he and his staff discussed the possibility of bringing him to the Emirates at a meeting back in March.

Wenger will now have been boosted after hearing the former Everton man wants out of Old Trafford this summer and the report claims the Londoners are not afraid to try and sign one of United’s most notable players just 12 months after letting captain Robin van Persie make the move to Manchester in a deal that angered Gooners up and down the country.

The newspaper suggests the Gunners are confident they could pay the required transfer fee – with Wenger believed to be armed with a £70m transfer kitty this summer – but the major stumbling block is trying to match the £250,000-a-week wages Rooney’s currently on at Old Trafford and senior officials at the Emirates know they can’t compete with the likes of Chelsea on the financial front.

While a move for Rooney remains highly unlikely, the simple fact that Arsenal are targetting a player of his quality and price-bracket, and have discussed the possibility of signing him at senior level, should give Arsenal fans confidence that Wenger is finally ready to spend some serious money to bring top quality players to the club this summer.

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Would Arsenal fans like to see Rooney come to the club? Do you think there is any chance of it happening? Get involved in the comments section below.

23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Duc

    May 17, 2013 at 9:11 am

    ” …. should give Arsenal fans confidence that Wenger is finally ready to spend”

    Somewhat illogical conclusion seeing as the essence of the article is that AFC spotted an opportunity to get Rooney in March but wont go ahead with it as it will cost more than they are willing to spend. That sounds like the usual Arsenal to me! Yes Rooney is a bigger player that the usual free French teenagers that Wenger usually goes for but it is the same illogical indecision by Wenger. i.e. the Gary Cahill fiasco.

  2. Spectrum

    May 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

    “…..should give Arsenal fans confidence that Wenger is finally ready to spend some serious money to bring top quality players to the club this summer”.

    Oh really ? Funny that. Because I’ve just read that we’ve got a verbal agreement with Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo that he we will be joining us. Sanogo also happens to have a terrible injury record.Just what we need, eh ? Another relatively obscure player from French Ligue 1. And did I mention we’d be getting him on a free transfer ? That’s typical Wenger style, isn’t it ?

    The stories of Rooney coming here is a concoction designed to boost season ticket sales.Apart from his massive wages, why would he want to come here ? Leaving one of the most successful clubs in the world, to join an ambitionless, directionless, mediocre club run by a manager who says he’d be happy to take second for the next twenty years if it meant qualifying for the champions league. The irony is he can’t EVEN GET US TO SECOND, let alone first.

    This has been yet another failed season, and with a reported 100 million to spend, Wenger’s “ambitious” solution is to sign WORLD CLASS player Yaya Sanogo, who could well end up another sicknote, like Diaby is.

    And A.K.B.’s would like four more years of this crap ? The irony is they’ll likely get what they wish for. That’s Arsenal and it’s “fans” in 2013.

    ” In Arsene we rust.”

    • kkach

      May 17, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Well said. I can imagine another season full of ‘will still mature’ mediocre players. The so annoying thing is that wenger doesn’t seem to see what everybody is complaining of. Who’s sonaga? another diaby? Denilson? Chamakh?arshavin? Wenger really needs to be reviewed by a psychologist.there’s a medical disorder that is associated with fear of success.
      This Rooney’s story is another hoax, a shadow never intended to happen. U can imagine how hard we’re fighting to qualify for champions league.
      The team lacks steal, no bone, no character or drive.
      In all fairness, I think wenger should consider retiring and perhaps be in the advisory board. Enough of this.

      • arron

        May 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm

        Some Arsenal fans are funny – the guy is 20 – he’s clearly one for the future…. who was fabregas, who was henry, who was viera?? Arsene may well go out and spend his £70m on some world class players but that doesnt mean they stop scouting for unknown talent as they always have! Bugs me how so many arsenal fans are so negative all the time, always on the back foot, always thinking the worst, how about we get behind the club and get behind the team! Arsenal fans are like spoilt brats at times, they think the world owes them – it doesnt and yes I am an Arsenal fan – just a realistic one….

      • arron

        May 17, 2013 at 3:32 pm

        and dont wish too hard for Arsene Wenger to leave – you forget what he’s done for this club too quickly – he deserves credit for rebuilding Arsenal, for giving them a recognised image, for making them compete at the top level – once he’s gone he’s gone and it wont be easy to replace him

  3. g clarke

    May 17, 2013 at 9:44 am

    The d m comes out with a stream of rubbish as far as Gary c is concerned arsenal came out with an opening bid that is how it works you say this they say that obviously this was made public and arsenal hit it on the head

    • Conor

      May 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Where would we be without wenger probably in the championship with the money we’ve spent he spent less money in 17years than rafa Benitez spent since Christmas so piss off with your anti wenger rant

      • Albert

        May 17, 2013 at 10:42 am

        keep licking as$$s man…..

  4. g clarke

    May 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Don’t understand why people have such low opinion of club don’t move on

    • Conor

      May 17, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Was responding to spectrum the yid

      • philip88

        May 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

        @ Conor … The “spectrums” of this world won’t understand nothing even if we explain our journey from Highbury to Emirates to them a million times !!!

    • Spectrum

      May 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      g clarke – It’s because the club has sadly become a reflection of the board, the manager and their policies.This has resulted in stagnation and inertia.We need change and hope urgently.

      We realists love the club as an institution, we just don’t support the mob who are running it. Simple, really.But A.K.B.’s have great difficulty in differentiating between the two. That’s why they settle for what we have ( stale mediocrity ), instead of desiring the potential for success that change COULD bring about.

      ” In Arsene we rust.”

      • arron

        May 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

        mediocrity?? Three teams got relgated – Wigan Reading and I cant even think of the other shitters! Newcastle the supposed BIG club just about avoided relegation, Liverpool one of the biggest clubs in Europe finished 7th. If Arsenal win and Chelsea sont win on Sunday Arsenal COULD finish 3rd which would make them the best club in England outside of Manchester – ok so its not “success” but is it really mediocre to finish 3rd or even 4th?? We dont have the god given right to win everything and I dont understand why so many Arsenal fans think we do? Im sure there are about 80 other professional clubs who would happily swap and be in our shoes….

  5. ucheclems

    May 17, 2013 at 10:42 am

    some are not worthy fans, wat do u guys expect from wenger for God sake? Dis man has don a great work here LONG LIV LEE PROF

    • Spectrum

      May 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      “HAS done a great work here.” As always the only viable defence A.K.B.’s have of Wenger, is to cling to his past achievements.Hellooooo, this is 2013 !!! Times have changed, Wenger hasn’t moved with them.

      He just said recently that this is his “best squad ever”.So if he really believes that, how come we got off to the worst start for 30 years this season ? And how come we had the worst start in 58 years the one before that ? The man is deluded and out of touch. He has no credibility left, and you can’t believe anything he says.He’s a puppet for the board.

      What “do we expect” from him ? We expect him to make every possible effort to compete with the best in the world.Which he isn’t and hasn’t done for eight years. Not necessarily to win trophies ( though that should of course, be the target ),but we demand that he genuinely competes, and not just participate.We’ve only been giving the illusion of competing.Wenger is long past his prime. He has no tactical ability, can’t motivate, and refuses to strengthen the team to enable us to challenge other teams. As I said above, it’s PROVEN that he has the funds, he simply won’t spend them. And the board are too gutless to show leadership, and make him do so.

      ” In Arsene we rust.”

  6. Spectrum

    May 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Correction – it gets worse – Sanogo is from French Ligue 2. Wenger’s favourite hunting ground for “quality”.

    Then we read that Cavani has gone to Monaco.

    Can someone remind me again which club – Arsenal or Monaco – are the fourth richest club in the world ?

    ” In Arsene we rust.”

  7. jay

    May 17, 2013 at 10:54 am

    .₪o more french “wonderkids” go for class wenger. In arsene we trust.

  8. Spectrum

    May 17, 2013 at 11:18 am

    philip88, Conor, and their fellow A.K.B. dimwits – I suppose you’re implying that “our journey from Highbury to the Emirates” somehow prevented Wenger from spending ? You’re conveniently regurgitating Gazidis’ and Wenger’s lies and spin. The so-called “restrictions” have been greatly exaggerated for their own self serving ends.

    Firstly a background on who controls things ; ( before Gazidis was later hired to assist him ), Wenger said this in his early days here ( 1997 ) ( quote ) “For me the basics of the job was to have the freedom to run the club as I chose – to make the important decisions about what was to happen inside the club, to buy the players, to sell them and decide on things such as contracts and even a new training ground,” ( end quote ).

    We have had funds SINCE WAY BACK IN 2005. Wenger CHOSE not to spend them when they were made available to him. He still does. see http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200509/06/eng20050906_206748.html

    Still not convinced ? Well you should take it up with former director and largest shareholder the late Danny Fiszman, then – from 2007 -( quote ) “We are in a very strong financial situation and if he [Arsene] wanted to spend £100m, he could. he decides whether a players fee and salary is worth it. It is his decision and his decision only.”

    “…..if he [Arsene] wanted to spend £100m, he could”. ( Got that LOUD AND CLEAR A.K.B.’s ) ?

    ( Fiszman also quoted Wenger’s devious mind when it comes to his notorious reluctance to spend ) ; ( quoting Wenger ) “Can we say we are poor, because that perception helps me when buying players *.” ( full article here ) – http://gunnerblog.com/2007/09/24/fiszman-if-arsene-wanted-to-spend-100m-he-could/

    *So you see, Wenger wants us TO THINK he / the club can’t afford to spend.

    The next year came this ; from 28th May 2008 ( quote ) “There is this constant thing that the Emirates is bleeding the club, that we’ve got these repayments — it’s total crap,’’ stressed Fiszman. “Look at our accounts and you will see our net payments are £20m and the revenue increase from the new stadium is close to £50m. Explain to me how that stadium bleeds the club if it’s producing an extra £30 m-a-year. Our wage bill is very similar to Manchester United’s and substantially above Liverpool’s. It’s substantially below Chelsea’s, but that is expected.’’

    Then Fiszman said this exactly three months later on 28th August 2008 – ( quote ) “It would be no problem at all,’’ said Fiszman, the club’s second largest shareholder. “It’s not our decision who he spends money on, nor will it ever be our decision. If he said to us ‘I want this guy and he’s £30 million, can I buy him?’ the answer is yes. Absolutely yes. We totally back him. It’s his decision. I’m unfortunately not good enough to be a manager myself but I’d love to be.’’

    Gazidis in 2010 – ( quote ) “We’re now coming to a period, with Highbury Square coming to its completion and some of our other property developments bearing fruit, where the financial health of the Club is secure,” explained the Chief Executive.

    “That does not mean we have unlimited resources, but it does mean we have sufficient funds to invest “. ( end quote ) http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/gazidis-we-have-sufficient-funds-to-invest

    Following on from that The Telegraph in 2011 – ( quote ) “Arsène Wenger will have a player budget of around £40 million this summer and will be allowed to spend it how he chooses. Those funds will cover transfer fees as well as the wages of new signings, giving the Arsenal manager the resources to retain the core of his squad but also add one or two proven and experienced players.

    More radical change would require the departure of existing players, with the money from any sales to be added to the transfer budget. The current budget of £40million would remain accessible to Wenger next year if he decides that he does not need reinforcements or is unable to sign any of his targets “. ( end quote ).

    Gazidis again in October 2012 – ( quote ) “In the next two years, we will have the financial resources to sit and compete among the leading clubs in the world, which is an extraordinary achievement.

    “……Financial success is relevant because it supports our football vision … the money we make is made available to our manager and he decides how to invest those funds “. ( end quote ) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/9633124/Arsenal-will-be-able-to-compete-for-the-best-players-insists-chief-executive-Ivan-Gazidis-at-annual-general-meeting.html

    2013, and back in February, Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood insists they can compete for the very best players in this summer’s transfer market.

    ( quote ) “Yesterday the club revealed a half-year pre-tax profit to the end of November of £17.8m and cash reserves of £123.3m.

    Hill-Wood told the Daily Star: “We are in a position where we can compete with most people. If there is someone we really want, then the price guide is secondary.” ( end quote ) http://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/arsenal-chairman-hill-wood-we-can-buy-any-player-we-want-3837251?utm_source=taxonomy_landing_page#.UYZarFd1kmi

    There are many such examples available. And just very recently, Wenger himself has confirmed ; ( quote ) “The second thing; can we afford them? Most of them, yes. A few of them, no. Can you afford Messi today? Certainly not. But we can afford 90 per cent of them.” http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/wenger-we-have-two-january-priorities?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+arsenal-news+%28News+Feed%29

    So please, no more of this “we’re broke” and “we can’t compete” bleeding heart bullshit. The stadium HAS NOT hampered us in spending. Funds have ALWAYS been offered to Wenger. But he’d rather develop kids ( i.e. his failed “Project Youth”) or try to win the league on the cheap by buying sub standard bargain basement players. Or having misguided and foolish faith in what he has – ( “this is my best ever squad” and “we have two good players for each position” e.t.c. ), as excuses not to spend.

    And if his incompetence hadn’t led to him developing his “socialist wage model”, we might have had even MORE funds at our disposal, and less deadwood on our books that we can’t sell because of their inflated salaries !

    ”In Arsene we rust.”

  9. Spectrum

    May 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    To quote the mirror.co.uk on Sanogo ; “The warning signs are clear to see, in three years he only managed seven starts in Ligue 1″.

    And ; A record of 16 goals in 24 games would be enough to get any fans excited about a new signing, but when you realise that comes after four seasons of football, there are reasons to be sceptical”.

    Now ask yourself ; why would any manager with an ounce of responsibility, gamble UNNECESSARILY on a player with an injury record like his ? Has Wenger learnt nothing from the constant absences of Diaby, Rosicky and Van Persie ? Obviously not. Why take a chance like this, when there are proven, experienced and much FITTER strikers out there to be had ?

    “In Arsene we rust.”

    • bob

      May 19, 2013 at 8:31 am

      So you know the details of the contract do you? he will be a free transfer to start with and you have no idea what the terms of the contract will be regarding playing time etc so why don’t you keep you negativity to yourself, it’s not like he’s been chosen as the replacement of Van Persie or anything so heavily responsible, just another player for the future.
      Oh and if you are so down about the injury record I guess you want to sell Jack Wilshere then right? no? nough said!

  10. Sir Henry

    May 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Arsenal can afford his salary but Arsene can’t afford it.
    Absolutely no chance of Rooney halving his salary to come to Arsenal, it’s just not goin to happen.
    These big name rumours is a deceptive way of giving the fans hope and making us think the club really want to buy ‘big’ players. Remember Kaka last summer or Villa in January?
    The less you hope for the better off you are.

    • Spectrum

      May 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Sir Henry – Agreed. Except for “The less you hope for the better off you are”.

      We can’t be “better off” because we have no hope under Wenger. But what’s the betting our weak, compliant and complacent board offer him a new contract ? We’re the only club I know of that actually rewards failure and considers it to be acceptable as long as he turns a profit for them. It’s disgraceful. Why would Wenger go to Real Madrid or Paris Saint Germain , where he’d be under much more pressure to perform and deliver, than he is here ? He wouldn’t last a season at either of those two.And he knows it.Which is why he isn’t interested.He’s on easy street at Arsenal – just do the minimum necessary to qualify for the champions league every year, “do not pass go”,but DO collect your 7.5 million! Mission accomplished.Then repeat.

      Hasn’t everyone had enough of this endless crap yet ?

      “In Arsene we rust.”

  11. Arsene Wenger, Lagos

    May 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Wenger Should stop fooling us, he has started again this
    season. Let him just drop his resignation letter.

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