United boss David Moyes is adamant that Rooney is not for sale.
But the striker remains unsettled and Arsenal are keen to see if a deal can be done.
Arsenal’s England duo Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott even joked with Rooney while on England duty this week that he should join them.
The Gunners are determined to land a big signing before the end of the window with the chances of a deal for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez fading.
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