Wenger: We can afford Rooney

Ever since Robin Van Persie left Arsenal for Manchester United, The Gunners have been looking for ways to get back at their old foes.

Arsene Wenger believes that the best way to do this is to try sign Wayne Rooney who has wanted to leave Old Trafford are falling behind Van Persie in the pecking order.

Having long been a thorn in Arsenal’s side for the last few years, the England international could be about to make a shock switch to the Emirates and Arsene Wenger is ready to do whatever it takes to meet his demands.

This would include meeting his high wage demands with Rooney expecting to become the highest earner at the club with wages around the £200,000 mark.

With that being double the wages of top earners such as Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere, many had thought that it could scupper the move but Wenger has insisted that they could accommodate it if things were to progress.

When asked about whether the club could cope with such demands, Wenger was clear that a deal would always be possible. In comments made to The Sun, ““It happened to us last year and it can happen to them. But we would not have a problem with the wages of Rooney.”

Despite becoming second-choice at Man United, Rooney’s form still matched that of many leading stirkers in the Premier League last season scoring 12 goals in 26 games.

This was still more than most of Arsenal’s offensive managers manage to produce with only Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla either equalling or surpassing that total.

It underlines what Rooney would mean to Arsenal should they sign him from Man Utd at any point during the summer.

But The Red Devils are not looking to be outdone by their old rivals with the rumours that David Moyes is looking to sign Arsenal’s former captain Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.

With the Spaniard reportedly becoming more unsettled at the Nou Camp, there have been reports that Manchester United are close to completing a deal to bring Fabregas to Old Trafford.

But any potential deal could be hijacked by Arsenal who still have a first option clause which means that they can put in a bid anytime of £25m or more and have it accepted alongside others who have bid the same amount for the players.

With Arsenal and Man United now entering a game of cat and mouse on the transfer market, it’s likely the Wayne Rooney transfer saga is set for several more twists and turns before the matter is settled once and for all.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of SqueakyBumTime.com. A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!