Our landlord is having to pick up the Arsenal patrons rolling on the Transfer Tavern’s floor with laughter, following wild claims from former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.
In his column for London Evening Standard, the ex-West Ham and QPR gaffer has claimed the Gunners should move for Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney.
Earlier this week, The Independent revealed that the 31-year-old is set to snub interest from China in favour of finding a new Premier League club, suggesting he’ll leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.
And Redknapp, despite describing the potential move as a ‘gamble‘, believes the England captain will inject some much-needed leadership into Arsene Wenger’s first team squad.
He said; “Arsenal should take a gamble and sign Wayne Rooney on a two-year contract… There’s a lot of talk about Rooney going to China but I can’t see that happening, at least not before Tuesday’s transfer window deadline.
“I suppose they could have been working on a deal for a while which would help but it makes more sense to keep his options open until the summer. And if Rooney is available then, the Gunners should come in for him.”
Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott have captained Arsenal during their last two fixtures, against Bayern Munich and Sutton United respectively, but Redknapp doubts the leadership qualities of both.
He said; “Theo Walcott captained the team the other day. Kieran Gibbs did the same for half an hour against Bayern Munich last week when Laurent Koscielny got injured. Neither of them are true leaders.
“Say what you like about Wayne but his experience and will-to-win is up there with the very best. I saw a couple of Arsenal lads lose the ball and just stand there against Sutton. You need Wayne out there on the pitch getting straight into their faces reminding them what’s what.
“Arsene always had Tony Adams or Patrick Vieira to set standards and call people out for him. Maybe Rooney could do that job for him now.”
He also claims Wenger is clearly a fan of the former Everton youngster after the Gunners ‘looked at him‘ a few years ago.
But whether Jose Mourinho would be prepared to strengthen the options at his old rival’s disposal once again, after sanctioning Petr Cech’s move from Chelsea in summer 2015, remains to be seen.
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