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Gunners Shareholder Hints At Rooney Bid

After years of keeping their fists tightly balled in their pockets, could Arsenal really break out the cash not once, but twice?

Reports suggest that the Gunners are ready and willing to break their transfer record to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid.

But the London club has also apparently been considering making a sensational bid to lure Manchester United star, Wayne Rooney, to the Emirates, ever since the burly forward’s current discontentment was made clear.

Rooney reportedly handed in a transfer request at the end of last season, having grown frustrated at being played out of position, or not played at all, by United.

And the Theatre of Dreams began to resemble the Theatre of Nightmares even more for Rooney, aftehis old foe David Moyes was appointed to replace Alex Ferguson as manager there.

When Arsenal first started making noises about spending big ahead of next season, it was Rooney that the media speculated their primary target could be, despite the fact that he would surely cost well over £20 million, even before his exorbitant weekly salary.

And Gunners shareholder, billionaire Alisher Usmanov, has now hinted that the club could in fact move for Wazza.

Usmanov admits that he is a fan of the striker, who he thinks would be a “success” in North London.

"He is a great player,” Usmanov said of Rooney.

“If he comes it would be a big success for Arsenal and for Rooney also."

Meanwhile, Usmanov, who own almost 30% of Arsenal, has given his backing to manager Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman redeemed himself after Arsenal’s poor start to last season, ensuring the club made it into next season’s Champions League.

And Usmanov still thinks that despite a few “drawbacks”, Wenger remains the best man for the job.

"My point of view is that Arsene knows best," he said.

"Of course, we as shareholders do point out some drawbacks in managing the club, in steering its way through.

"But I believe he is a great coach and he has already proven that last season."

Is Rooney Gunners material?

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