Arsenal boss plays down Wayne Rooney transfer talk

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has played down speculation over a summer move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

Sir Alex Ferguson claimed the England international had handed in a transfer request at Old Trafford following Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Swansea City – a game the forward wasn’t involved in.

Arsenal are among a number of clubs to be linked with a move for Rooney, according to Sky Sports, but whilst Wenger wouldn’t rule out the possibility completely, he did anything but commit to a transfer bid for the player.

"Look, I'm not in a position today to speak about any transfer targets," the Gunners chief told The Daily Mirror.

"What I am focused on is the short term and after the Newcastle game I give you answer about these questions."

Pushed further by the newspaper, Wenger again batted away the question when asked directly if he could see Rooney swapping the Red Devils for the Emirates Stadium.

He added: "I just told you!"

Despite the recent controversy, Rooney has enjoyed a decent season for Manchester United, scoring 16 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions.

His future could well lie in the hands of David Moyes however, with The Daily Mail reporting that the pair are set for a meeting at the start of next week.

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