Arsenal have reportedly been urged to break the bank to secure the transfer of Wayne Rooney, as their second largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov has spoken of the Manchester United striker's talents.
Usmanov, who has a 29.9% stake in the Gunners, said of Rooney's potential move to the Emirates: "[Rooney] is a great player and [joining Arsenal] would be great for Rooney, and Arsenal too."
Arsenal are currently on the verge of signing Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, and if they also secure Rooney they'd have potentially the best striker pairing in the entire Premier League.
It has been widely reported that Rooney is unhappy at United, having reportedly handed in a second transfer request as he found himself being overlooked in favour of Van Persie, with former boss Alex Ferguson moving the England international to a more deeper-lying midfield position. If Arsenal bagged both Rooney and Higuain, they may finally be able to recapture some of their former glory, and move away from their continued battle with rivals Spurs for fourth place (especially if Spurs are to let go of Gareth Bale, as has been speculated).
Usmanov also had some words to say about Arsene Wenger's management of the club, saying: "It is high time for the club to win the highest trophies, in the Champions League, but I believe in the club's future.
"Arsene knows better than me what should be done. 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."
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