Arsene Wenger has revealed his interest in Wayne Rooney as the want-away Manchester United striker’s future remains up in the air. The Frenchman also praised former captain Cesc Fabregas who he feels has lost confidence from not playing regularly.
Firstly onto the England international who looks destined to leave the Premier League champions this summer after the retired United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Rooney handed in his second transfer request in three years.
Incoming manager David Moyes has a history with the English striker and is thought to be the final nail in Rooney’s Manchester United coffin. Paris-Saint Germain are in the hot seat for the talented striker’s signature after they declared their serious interest in the Englishman, and now Wenger has jumped on the bandwagon after the French boss declared Rooney as ‘interesting’ and suggested he wouldn’t turn him down.
He reportedly told Al Jazeera.
Rooney could be an interesting player for everybody in the world, who would turn him down?
David Moyes’ first challenge is to go in to Manchester and bridge the gap between him and Rooney. If that is feasible or not depends on his personality and if Rooney bears a grudge or not, we will see.
It will be interesting to see how that will be handled.
Wenger was also asked about former talisman Cesc Fabregas, who is once again the centre of media attention after another season of struggling to become a regular feature in the stacked Barcelona side.
The Arsenal boss believes the Spaniard’s confidence has been affected heavily by his lack of regular playing time, but he still rates his former captain very highly. He added:
I think at the moment he’s lacking the confidence of being a regular player. Recently he has not been that.
Cesc is such a passionate player, a player of such quality, that it must hurt him not to play in every single game. That’s what he misses. When you come in and out you never play with full confidence.
Unfortunately Wenger failed to expand on any possible deal to bring Fabregas back to the Emirates which is on every Gooner’s mind at present. He would be a massive signing that would elevate the Gunners to the level required for fighting for the Championship. He always regretted failing to win a lift a trophy as Arsenal captain prior to his departure, but he has much more of a chance now. However nothing will happen this summer, he will have another stab at breaking into the lineup permanently which will be tough especially with the new acquisition of Neymar now in the mix too.
As for Rooney, he is never coming to Arsenal. The Gunners would never fork out for his transfer fee let alone his wages. Wenger has no excuses for buying a striker this summer though with both Higuian and Jovetic on the market, we better get at least one top drawer forward this summer!