Arsenal’s £42.5 million deal for German midfielder Mesut Ozil is one of the best deals to go through from transfer deadline day.
Arsenal get a midfielder who can enhance the quality the club already has and Ozil gets a platform to perform on, as an undoubted star and someone who will see his name go down on the team sheet without fail each week.
However, it’s another player Arsenal were linked with earlier in the summer, they may now unfortunately have no chance of signing in the future.
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney was touted as a possible signing for Arsenal in and around the time the club was first linked with Liverpool forward Luis Suarez.
As thing have turned out, any bids would have been pointless as Chelsea found out but Ozil’s presence in the Arsenal squad eradicates any chance of the club signing Rooney next summer or when he eventually becomes a free agent.
Sir Alex Ferguson was very clear with how he saw Rooney’s role developing at United, turning from a centre forward into the sort of attacking midfielder he proved he could be in the recent Premier League match against Chelsea.
The fact Ozil is so young at 24-years-old means that the big money the Gunners have just paid for him makes him an investment as much as anything else.
He certainly has the quality and ability to nail down an attacking midfield role with Arsenal as he heads towards his 30s which means that any approach for Rooney in the near future would be pointless.
Rooney would be 28 before he got anywhere near an Arsenal shirt and Ferguson, followed by David Moyes, have already started the process of turning him into an attacking midfielder which will allow him to potentially get another ten years out of his career.
Any side looking to buy him over the next couple of seasons needs to bear that in mind because his effectiveness as a centre forward could be reduced by the changes which have been made to his basic all round game.
Even if Arsenal bought him as a centre forward next summer and played him in that role, it wouldn’t be too long before Arsene Wenger would have to switch him back to the sort of player he is at the moment.
Generally players drop deeper and deeper down the pitch as they get older to compensate for their lack of pace and sharpness, with the exception of Ryan Giggs who has proven to be a bit of a freak in terms of his fitness.
Arsenal could re-visit the Rooney angle but it would ultimately turn out to be fruitless because of the job they have just invested in Ozil to carry out.
What do you think? Are you fussed about Rooney now?
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