Arsene Wenger playing mind games with Manchester United's Moyes already?

Arsene Wenger Casual

Arsene Wenger made some interesting comments earlier this week regarding Wayne Rooney.

Arsene Wenger's admission once again this week that he 'would not turn down' the option to sign Wayne Rooney created dozens of headlines, but his other comments regarding the player were just as interesting.

Famed for his 'mind games' with Sir Alex Ferguson during the height of the Arsenal-Manchester United rivalry, it could appear that the Arsenal boss is renewing the spark between the two clubs.

Ferguson and Wenger had struck up quite a friendship by the end of the Scotsman's tenure at United, one which most Gooners would agree got too cosy, with the Arsenal boss agreeing to sell his Robin van Persie to his rival last summer.

Taking Rooney in the other direction would wipe out much of the criticism Wenger endured in the wake of that, and he is already applying the verbal pressure on new United boss David Moyes.

Here is the rest of what the Frenchman had to say:

"David Moyes' first challenge is to go in to Manchester and bridge the gap between him and Rooney. If that is feasible or not depends on his personality and if Rooney bears a grudge or not – we will see. It will be interesting to see how that will be handled."

Wenger is insinuating that keeping Wayne Rooney is down to David Moyes' man-management skills, something many would agree with. But coming from a rival boss it comes with a bit of an edge.

Arsenal's boss is clearly as intrigued as the rest of us as to how David Moyes will make his presence felt at United and will enjoy watching the soap opera-esque drama unveiled.

If Rooney is sold, most likely abroad rather than any English club, Wenger has implied it will be due to a failure on Moyes' part to rescue the situation. 

And in the battle for hearts and minds, as well trophies at Old Trafford - It really is his first big test which he needs to pass before the season even begins.

Can Moyes persuade Rooney to stay? What do you think?

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