Transfer news: Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov is a fan of Wayne Rooney

Last Updated: 21/06/13 4:51pm

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Wayne Roony: Alisher Usmanov believes he would be a 'great success' at the Emirates

Wayne Roony: Alisher Usmanov believes he would be a 'great success' at the Emirates

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Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov believes Wayne Rooney would be a 'great success' if he were to join the London club.

Arsene Wenger has been promised significant funds to strengthen his squad this summer and the Manchester United striker has been linked with a switch since handing in a transfer request at the end of last season.

Usmanov said: "He is a great player. If he comes it would be a big success for Arsenal and for Rooney also."

Usmanov also expressed his support for Wenger, who galvanised a strong finish to the 2012/13 campaign as his team finished fourth, but with some reservations.

"My point of view is that Arsene knows best," the 59-year-old Russian, who holds a 29.9 per cent share in the club, added.

"Of course, we as shareholders do point out some drawbacks in managing the club, in steering its way through.

"But I believe he is a great coach and he has already proven that last season."

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