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Wenger suprised by Roo-turn

Gunners boss expected striker to leave

Last Updated: 22/10/10 3:14pm

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Wenger suprised by Roo-turn

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he was surprised by the U-turn which saw Wayne Rooney sign a new deal with Manchester United.

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The Red Devils forward put pen-to-paper on a new five-year contract on Friday, despite claiming earlier in the week that the club did not match his ambitions.

In a story that has dominated the headlines in recent days, a number of high-profile figures have had their say on the saga, which appeared to be heading for a Rooney exit in the January transfer window.

Gunners boss Wenger was surprised to see the England forward sign new terms, expecting the former Everton man to be sold.

"Once the club came out and said that they couldn't find an agreement it was a message that they wanted to sell," Wenger said.

"Certainly Rooney has got the guarantees he wanted - you can translate that like you want, but that's it."

Wenger also suggested that he did not understand what all the fuss was about, saying it was a situation that happens regularly in the Premier League.

"It was just a story that for me, from the start to the end, was of no interest to me. When I saw the headlines I just turned the page," the French coach added.

"I was never really interested in that story because what happened with Wayne Rooney happens to every club, every year - plenty of times.

"Just because he has a different name it was certainly a story, but it is a super-classical story which happens in every club, every week, so I could never understand what was really special in this case."

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that Rooney has apologised to the squad for his behaviour throughout the saga, and he is now keen to win the Old Trafford fans back over.

But he faces up to three weeks on the sidelines after injuring his ankle in training.

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