Former Gunners skipper doubts Rooney could handle London move.Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams believes it might be risky to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, as he might not handle living in London, according to Sky Sports.
Rooney has been linked with a host of top clubs this summer after reportedly submitting a transfer request at Old Trafford, though he has recently denied that he asked to leave the club.
Arsenal have emerged as surprise contenders for his signature, along with the likes of Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG, though Adams believes it would be a risky signing on Arsenal’s part.
Although Rooney has been one of the best players in the Premier League for many years, his temperament has sometimes been called into question, and Adams feels life in London might bring about a different kind of challenge in his career.
“I’m not sure Wayne Rooney could handle London, to be completely honest. That would be a massive risk,” said the 46-year-old.
“I don’t think it’s a question of finances. I think it’s his temperament and mentality. London is a different animal and it takes a different type of player.
“Wayne is unquestionably a super player and I’d love to see him at the Arsenal. Technically he’s fantastic but I’m not sure about him mentally, off the pitch, and his professionalism.”
Adams does feel, however, that if any manager can make sure Rooney does not go off the rails, it is Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
He added: “I know Sir Alex Ferguson has dealt with Wayne brilliantly over the last few years and I’m sure Arsene Wenger could handle him, but I’m not sure. I wouldn’t like to spend my money on Wayne.”
Arsenal have also been linked with Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain and Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, as they look set to change their approach in the transfer market by going after more expensive and more well-established names.