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Wenger admits Rooney interest

Wayne Rooney (C) celebrates his goal for England in the 2-2 draw against Brazil.
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted his interest in signing unsettled Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.


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Rooney's future at Old Trafford is shrouded in doubt with the player requesting a move and United insisting the England international is not for sale.

A host of clubs, including Arsenal, have been linked with a move for Rooney and Wenger admits no team would turn down the chance to sign the striker and that he would be keeping a close eye on his situation at Old Trafford.

"Rooney could be an interesting player for everybody in the world, who would turn him down?" Wenger told Al Jazeera.

"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."

Meanwhile, Wenger also gave his thoughts on former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, who has been linked with a move back to the Premier League.

Fabregas is reported to be on the radar of Manchester United and Wenger believes the Barcelona midfielder is affected by not playing every week.

"I think at the moment he's lacking the confidence of being a regular player," added Wenger. "Recently he has not been that.

"Cesc is such a passionate player, a player of such quality, that it must hurt him not to play in every single game. That's what he misses. When you come in and out you never play with full confidence."

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