Arsenal’s second largest shareholder, Alisher Usmanov, has said he’d like to see Wayne Rooney at Arsenal next season.
Despite the fact that the Gunners have no interest in the Manchester United man, and the whole thing is a load of paper talk nonsense, the Uzbeki told CNBC, “He is a great player and [joining Arsenal] would be great for Rooney, and Arsenal too.”
Arsenal’s primary striking target is Gonzalo Higuain, the Rooney stuff comes from a few vague comments by Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis. The press have put two and two together and come up with 703.
Meanwhile, Usmanov has reiterated his support for Arsene Wenger and softened his stance slightly over how the club is run in the light of new commercial deals which could potentially net the club an extra £60m per season from 2014.
“Arsene knows better than me what should be done. We should trust him,” he said.
“Of course, we as shareholders point to some drawbacks in the management of the club but he is a great coach and the club is progressing in the commercial sense.
“It is high time for the club to win the highest trophies in the European Champions League, but I believe in the club’s future.”
From a man who is usually quite critical when he talks about aspects of its running beyond the football manager, it’s something of a change, but unlikely to end in any kind of accord between him and majority shareholder Stan Kroenke.