Guest Post: Tony Adams on the Wayne Rooney deal by DL
Gunners legend Tony Adams has spoken frankly about his doubts over the reported deal for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
The controversial England star is believed to want away from Old Trafford after a public falling out with former boss Sir Alex Ferguson. While talks between Rooney and Fergie’s replacement David Moyes are scheduled, many expect the England man to insist on leaving the club, with the Emirates Stadium mooted as a possible destination.
It is a possible transfer that Adams, while recognising Rooney’s talents, feels could be an unwise move both for the player personally and the club. However right now the majority of football betting sites (including BetVictor and Paddy Power) have the move priced at 2/1 meaning it could well be on the cards.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Adams candidly revealed his opinions on Rooney’s chances of enjoying life in the capital, stating:
I’m not sure Wayne Rooney could handle London to be completely honest.
That would be a massive risk.
I don’t think it’s a question of finances…it’s his temperament and mentality.
London is a different animal and it takes a different type of player.
In addition, the former club captain and England skipper revealed his concerns about the how Rooney would cope in London mentally as well as doubts about his attitude towards the game:
Wayne is unquestionably a super player and I’d love to see him at Arsenal.
Technically, he’s fantastic, but I’m not sure about him mentally off the pitch and his professionalism.
Adams then concluded:
I know Sir Alex Ferguson has dealt with Wayne brilliantly over the last few years and I’m sure
Arsene Wenger could handle him, but I’m not sure. I wouldn’t like to spend my money on Wayne.
While there has been no official word from Old Trafford about Rooney’s future, Arsenal are believed to be one of a number of clubs monitoring the situation with Manchester City, Chelsea and Barcelona all believed to keeping tabs on the England striker’s future.
Signing Rooney would undoubtedly be a major coup for Arsene Wenger, especially with the transfer being just a year after Robin Van Persie left the club for the Red Devils.
However, his arrival, in addition to the purported signing of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, would smash the current Arsenal pay structure and could lead to several other key players, such as defender Laurent Koscielny and striker Theo Walcott seeking an improved pay deal. It wouldn’t make much of an accumulator bet as Higuain is now priced 1/20 to join but it would be some strike partnership.
Having been criticised for a lack of ambition in the transfer market in recent years, snapping up a top quality striker like Rooney from a fierce rival would certainly send the right signals to those critical of Wenger’s transfer policy. However with one Gunners legend expressing his doubts about the long term success of such a move and given the manager’s predilection for not wanting to pay over-the-odds for a player, is the talk of a move for Rooney simply that, or something more substantial?
What about it Gooners? Would you like to see Rooney in an Arsenal shirt?