Two years later, following his £27million move to United, he won the penalty for Ruud van Nistelrooy opener, then scored the second as the Arsenal 'Invincibles' saw their 49-match unbeaten record come to a shuddering halt.
Overall the England international has scored ten goals against the Gunners.
"Arsenal do crop up quite often," said Rooney.
"It is a bit weird. I am sure they must be sick of the sight of me at times.
"That first goal for Everton does seem like a long time ago.
"It was obviously a special goal for me, plus they were 32 games unbeaten. And I will always remember the 2004 game.
"There had been a lot of hype around it because of what happened the year before with Ruud van Nistelrooy.
"That was as tense as I ever remember it before a game.
"Arsenal were a fantastic team and it was a great feeling to beat them 2-0 and end that record."
For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tribalfootball