Arsenal target Rooney wants striker role

After a season playing second fiddle to Robin van Persie, the 27-year-old believes his best form will come from playing in his natural role, at Old Trafford or elsewhere

Wayne Rooney admits he wants to play up front as speculation continues to mount over his future.

Arsenal are believed to be keen to land a marquee striker this summer, and Arsene Wenger has already revealed he would be interested in Rooney should Manchester United decide to sell.

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The 27-year-old has endured a difficult season at Old Trafford, relegated to the supporting cast behind Robin van Persie and often played out of position on the wing or in midfield.

This week Goal revealed Rooney will consider a move to the Emirates Stadium should they meet his wage demands, and the player himself admits playing up front again is his main priority.

"In the years to come, that might be somewhere I could play, but, right now, I'm definitely a centre-forward. I'm after more goals," Rooney told FourFourTwo.

"I've played up front on my own a few times for Manchester United and it's a role I'm very comfortable with and have no problems playing.

"When you play as a target man, you have to stay up front and help the team out by holding the ball up and waiting for support. That all comes with experience.

"It's a good role for me to play, and hopefully I can continue doing well there."