Wayne Rooney has not surprised me, says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger insists that he has not been surprised by Wayne Rooney's successful career
Arsene Wenger insists that he has not been surprised by Wayne Rooney’s successful career.
The England captain first burst onto the Premier League scene when he scored a dramatic winner for Everton against Arsenal as a 16-year-old in 2002.
And Gunners boss Wenger, whose side host United at Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening, always felt that Rooney was destined for greatness.
“I personally believe that Wayne Rooney is a centre forward,” said Wenger. “He played in that role [for England] on Tuesday night and he did very well.
“I’m not surprised. He scored that goal against David Seaman when he was 16 years of age. That day I came out and said ‘this guy will make an exceptional career’.
“He has all you want from a top-class player. He works hard, is committed, classy and understands the game.
“Because he works so hard, maybe that’s why he played in different positions. I’m not surprised. For me, yes [he is world-class].”