By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger always knew the ‘end-game’ in the Wayne Rooney transfer saga was going to be most important stage.

Earlier this season, the Manchester United striker issued a statement saying he was looking to leave Old Trafford, only to make a U-turn and sign a long-term deal with the club.

Since then Rooney has worked hard on his fitness in America so, if he lines-up against Arsenal on Monday, the England international could be in his best form of the season. Wenger expected nothing less.

“He looks to come back to full fitness now,” said the Frenchman.

“For me what happened with Rooney is the normal situation of a player who speaks about the extension of his contract.

“At some stage you can have a disagreement and, at the end of the day, you can find a way to extend the contract.

“I haven’t really followed the whole situation because I always thought that Rooney would stay at Man United. I was always convinced of it.

“I didn’t think he was leaving so what is important now is how the story finishes for Man United and for Rooney.”

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11 Dec 2010