Ivan Gazidis could be the most talked about man in football today because he’s not making any secret of the fact he thinks Arsenal can spend their way into getting back up alongside the powers in European football.
He’s suggested that Arsenal could easily buy Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney which will trigger a wave of excitement within groups of Arsenal supporters which is void of reality.
“We have a certain amount which we've held in reserve and we also have new revenue streams coming on board. All of these things mean we can do some things which would excite you. We can think about all kinds of things,” he told the Guardian.
Manchester United are not a club that sell players to other English rivals and they would certainly feel very awkward over the possibility of allowing Rooney to sign for a side where he could hurt them directly.
There is still a very good chance that Rooney will stay at United because the problems he seemed to have with Sir Alex Ferguson last season, related to his place and his role in the side.
He’s made it clear that he wants to play as a centre forward, which sparked misconceived rumours that Arsenal would be a perfect club for him because they need to add to their attacking unit.
Rooney is experienced and old enough to know that David Moyes at least deserves the chance to offer him that role in the United first team, which would give him no reason to leave Old Trafford.
If Moyes promises to use Rooney as a centre forward when he’s selected then it will either see Robin van Persie playing occasionally on the bench or the system changed into a classic 4-4-2 so they can both be incorporated into the team.
“I'm after more goals. I've played upfront on my own a few times for Manchester United and it's a role I'm very comfortable with and have no problems playing,” Rooney told FourFourTwo.
Gazidis seems to be on a mission to demonstrate the strength and the financial power that Arsenal seemingly possess, which will give Arsene Wenger to make the signings he’s always wanted to make.
However, they are under pressure now because if things don’t improve and success doesn’t follow, the club have run out of excuses to tell the fans why things aren’t working and why it’s been nearly a decade since the Gunners won a trophy.
Gazidis is all front at the moment and it’s now down to Arsene Wenger to make things happen but don’t believe Rooney is going to join Arsenal until he’s walked through the door at the Emirates and is presented in an Arsenal shirt.
What do you make of Gazidis’ recent comments?
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