Last night Manchester United faced Real Madrid in a key game of their season, and the master tactician decided to leave Wayne Rooney on the bench, in his place on the pitch were the ageing Giggs, inexperienced Wellbeck and unreliable Nani.
It appears that Ferguson has forgotten what Rooney is best at, playing football, I haven’t seen many players as gifted with a football as Wayne Rooney was at 19 but it can be argued that he hasn’t progressed, at Old Trafford earlier this season Rooney was given a job to do against us, it wasn’t to be the playmaker or the goal getter, it was to make sure Mikel Arteta had no time on the ball when he had possession, every time he got the ball Rooney was in close proximity snapping to get the ball back.
Is that really what Fergie paid £30m for? A man marking midfielder, what happened?
When you see Rooney play for England with Jack Wilshere you can see he enjoys the game, pass and move, receive again, Rooney becomes once again the player I saw when he first burst on the scene, full of energy, cleverness and skill.
So if we can somehow muster a Champions League place for next season, and if the board are really going to show some ambition and willingness to spend the money, lets make Rooney our first target. I am certain he would love to come and play for Arsene, proper football, enjoy the game once more.
The second target is Ashley Young another typical Fergie purchase, paid £15-20m for him and then uses him extensively, only to spend the next season on the becnch as Fergie has acquired new toys to play with, he has already signed Zaha for 2013-14 so what chances will Ashley Young get next season with the improving Kagawa also looking for increased game time?
Come on Arsenal show some real balls in the transfer market this summer and start a campaign now to acquire two players that could bring a lot to the current squad, and more importantly make people sit up and take notice.
Written by Gooner in Exile