Signing Wayne Rooney Would Be The Most Significant Transfer Of Our Time
18 years ago today Arsenal signed Dennis Bergkamp and he is probably our most significant signing to date. Dennis will always be our greatest ever signing but Rooney is reportedly on our radar and I believe that if it happened Wayne would become not only Arsenal’s biggest ever signing but also the most significant transfer of our time, maybe even bigger than Ronaldo to Madrid.
Rooney’s future has been the subject of much speculation since Ferguson proclaimed to the press that Rooney had handed in a second transfer request. I’ve heard that it is actually Manchester United that wants him out and not him that wants to leave but I’ll leave the hearsay to the papers.
The first thing that happens whenever the Rooney to Arsenal rumour is mentioned is people immediately respond with tales of Arsenal not being able to afford him or “never gonna happen”. Well, recently Ivan Gazidis claimed Arsenal could now afford to launch a bid for Wayne Rooney if they wanted.
We could do that; we could do more than that. We have a certain amount which we’ve held in reserve and we also have new revenue streams coming on board
We are moving into a new phase where, if we make our decisions well, we can compete with any club in the world
Though according to some, Gazidis pointing out that Arsenal can afford him is nothing more than an attempt to make people sit up and take notice. If that is the case then good on Ivan. It’s good to see the club trying to improve their credibility as a force in transfers to other clubs after years of selling. With the cash Arsenal have to buy new players maybe now is a good time to test your luck and lay a wager or two at http://freebets.org/.
Reports suggest that Arsenal have the financial power to make a move for one of the highest profile strikers around but there would be big obstacles to overcome and these reasons are why I feel Wayne Rooney would be the most significant transfer of our time.
It pains me to say it as an Arsenal supporter but you don’t get much bigger than Manchester United except maybe for Real Madrid. The transfer of Ronaldo to Madrid would come a close second to a Rooney to Arsenal move because moving to Madrid from United is a little bit of a step up. I am reticent to say that United to Arsenal is a step backwards but in recent times it would hardly have been a step forwards or even a step sideways.
Manchester United is not a club that usually sells their best players to league rivals. So to convince a starter for United to leave and join us, regardless of their personal reasons for moving on, is a coup. We could probably get a player like Nani from United but as he isn’t a regular starter it’s of no significance. It’s a step up from buying Silvestre from them but it pales in comparison to buying one of their best players.
If Rooney was to leave Old Trafford for a rival club he would have to push for that move himself but maybe replacing the man who took his centre-forward spot and pushed him into midfield may be of interest. Rooney is a character and doing what Van Persie couldn’t and propelling Arsenal to titles is the type of statement I can see a player like him wanting to make.
In the years to come, that might be somewhere I could play, but, right now, I’m definitely a centre forward. I’m after more goals. I’ve played up front on my own a few times for Manchester United and it’s a role I’m very comfortable with.
This doesn’t mean he is looking to leave nor does it even remotely suggest that Rooney wants to play for Arsenal but something else does. Reportedly, and I say reportedly because I didn’t see it myself, Wayne Rooney sent a tweet to Jack Wilshere recently suggesting he was looking forward to playing with him soon. Now, Wayne could have meant for the national team but I doubt it as he must surely know that Jack is injured. Rooney also reportedly deleted the tweet soon after publishing it which wouldn’t be surprising as footballers and even journalists and clubs are known to tweet things they aren’t meant to and quickly delete them.
I know many United fans have expressed their distaste for Rooney over the past few seasons due to his last attempt to leave and form over the past two seasons. Despite this disdain I am certain that none of them could ever imagine Rooney leaving to play for Arsenal. As Arsenal supporters know good and well, watching one of your best players play in another strip is extremely painful.
I don’t think it is unfair to say that Rooney has been the jewel in Manchester United’s crown for a long time and to sign a player, technically in his prime, with 5 league titles, 1 Champions League and 2 league cups to his name would be an incredible purchase and a real blow to a rival.
Imagine prying Rooney off United the way they pried Van Persie off us? Do you see the significance I am talking about now?
Higuain is a fine player and one I would love to see at Arsenal but if the choice was mine to make I would choose Rooney. Commercially he is by far the better choice and I think he performs in the big matches a little better than Higuain although as Gonzalo has mostly been used as a sub I don’t feel comfortable saying that would be the case for certain. He has premier league experience, he is home-grown, he is undeniably one of the most talented players around (despite his recent dip) and he is actually a regular.
Higuain is not a regular for Real Madrid so the statement we would be making by signing him would be far less powerful (though still significant) than signing Rooney would be and he is less versatile so Rooney edges him out. I have my preference but I would not be remotely sad if we signed Higuain, I would be ecstatic in fact. If by some insane stroke of luck or brilliance we managed to sign both you will find that I will have ground myself into a pile of ash from intense orgasmic overload.
Overall I just feel that Rooney would be a bigger signing than Higuain and the perfect tonic for the RvP transfer. Rooney is a world-class talent and when we sold RvP people said we had sold the last world-class talent we had. Cazorla has been world-class this season but it wouldn’t hurt to have another world-class forward again.
I took a lot of stick last summer when RvP was still ours and I said that with all new purchases taken into consideration I felt there wasn’t much difference between United and Arsenal and player for player I didn’t see us as inferiors.
The response from United fans was predictable and unimaginative. “We finished 19 points ahead of you with the same players”.
My feeling was based on individual player comparisons and the new season bringing not only greater defensive cohesion but a roster of fit players; something we didn’t have in 2011/12. I also considered the impact players like Podolski and Cazorla would have and felt that Giroud was a vast improvement on Chamakh as back-up to Van Persie. I didn’t consider Giroud as Van Persie’s replacement so overall I felt we were closer to United than we were when the season finished 6-8 weeks before.
Now, United signing Van Persie created a “6-pointer” gulf in class. He improved United by the same amount he reduced us by. United may have finished 16 points ahead of Arsenal this season but I still believe my initial thoughts hold water.
Arsenal was better than United defensively but was outscored by 14 goals. Many of the points United picked up were due to Van Persie. Had he stayed I don’t think it is unreasonable to say the gap would have been as big. If anyone wishes to question the impact Van Persie had on that United team or claim that all of his goals and points would have been contributed by another I will kindly ask you to leave because a discussion on football clearly does not suit you. United may still have won the title but Arsenal would not have been 16 points behind.
So back to my original point. If we were to sign Rooney that could have the same effect as the RvP transfer. He isn’t the goalscorer Van Persie has been but he would improve our team by as much as he would reduce the quality in Manchester United’s ranks. Players of the quality of Van Persie and Rooney don’t grow on trees so United would be hard pressed to find a replacement of similar or greater quality.
It also puts them in a delicate situation. Arsenal supporters will remember well the sharp intake of breath every time we saw Robin get tackled or go to ground. We knew that if he was injured we had no real quality in the team to take his place whilst he recovered. If United lose Rooney, to us or anyone else, they are potentially in the same situation. Rooney and Robin are different players but quality breeds quality. If you lose your best player and you don’t have someone in the same level of class to be the beacon you struggle a little.
At 27, Rooney is hitting that sweet spot where you expect to get the best out of a player. I don’t know if he has peaked but we can be sure he has the ability to replicate the form that saw him win title after title with United. I also believe that if anyone can get Rooney back to the top of his game and possibly even improve him it is Arsène Wenger.
What works in Arsenal’s favour is that United would be foolish to force him to stay. They don’t have the stability of Ferguson anymore and keeping Rooney against his will may ruin the team. He’ll become unmanageable for the club. And with it being World Cup season Rooney may well want to guarantee a striking spot to refresh his career and finally perform on the world stage in what could well be his last World Cup. At 27 Rooney could get 3 more World Cups but he might see this one fly by and his international career go the same way as Owen’s did.
Arsenal is also an excellent footballing side and this is something that would attract Rooney. Arsenal is a club that would appreciate the vision and ability he has and in joining from United he would have instant hero status. All of these things, combined with Arsenal’s ability to pay him decent wages and the quality of life he’ll have in the capital with his family surely puts Arsenal in the driving seat.
Despite what Arsenal supporter’s think of him as a person I am pretty certain we would all appreciate his ability. His through balls, reverse balls and cross field passes to switch play are things that cannot be taught and the sort of thing we love to see at the Emirates. Another thing we like is a team-player. Rooney may come across as a mercenary but he is very much a team player. He is well-known for sacrificing his own game for the betterment of the team with the main individual beneficiaries being Cristiano and Robin.
A reinvigorated Rooney would be a huge asset for Arsenal and would fit seamlessly with this Arsenal side. When you are at the top they say the only way is down and losing Rooney to a domestic rival and then watching him flourish under new leadership could be crippling.
If Arsenal were to pull off the most significant transfer of our time it would send a ripple through the league and throw the gauntlet down to every other club with designs on the title.
Chelsea and Manchester City fans would be up in arms, wondering why they lost out to that has-been selling club. Every time they drop points the fists will start shaking and feet will be stomped in outrage that Arsenal managed to buy Rooney and they didn’t.
The papers would be buzzing for weeks about this incredible coup that Arsenal have pulled off and Moyes would be under even greater pressure as the man who sold Rooney. The press and fans will taunt him with claims of “this would never have happened on Fergie’s watch” and “this is proof he can’t deal with big players”.
All of this could create instability among the clubs Arsenal will be fighting against for the title and with Arsène probably being the old manager who won’t be under intense scrutiny from his board/owners Arsenal could well be in the driving seat for the Premier League Title 2013/14.
Arsenal don’t make signings like this, we don’t buy world-famous superstars from arguably the biggest club around. So to actually buy Rooney would make a statement so powerful we probably won’t realise it’s impact for maybe even years to come.
This could all well be pie in the sky but I firmly believe that if this happens Rooney to Arsenal will be remembered as one of the all time biggest transfers and the catalyst for a renewed period of Arsenal success.
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