Arsenal are planning a £30m bid for Wayne Rooney in January as they look to boost their attacking options up front, according to the Daily Mail. The Gunners failed in their attempt to lure a world class striker this summer but managed to land Mesut Ozil who made his first contribution in an Arsenal shirt by posting an assist in Arsenal's first goal in a 3-1 victory at the Stadium of Light in his debut game.

Wayne Rooney

Rooney returned from injury to score in United's 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace this weekend and Wenger is looking to try his luck again with the striker who is yet to sign a new contract with the Red Devils, with his current contract expiring in 2015. The Gunners are also keeping a close watch on Luis Suarez who was prevented in his attempt to move to north London by Liverpool and may make another move in January if the striker is still interested.

Rooney's arrival is likely to go a long way in getting Arsenal closer to challenging for trophies which is what the Arsenal fans are hoping for. The Gunners have not won a trophy in eight years but are currently top of the Premier League table and should they manage to keep up their great form and add wisely in the next transfer window, a title challenge does not look unlikely. However, the north London club have been hit by injuries to key players, with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky out of action.

Meanwhile, the Gunners made hard work of their game against Sunderland, spurning some brilliant opportunities to kill the game in the first half and found themselves 1-1 jut after half-time following a penalty from Craig Gardner. However, Aaron Ramsey restored the lead for the Gunners with a brace, bagging three crucial points. Arsene Wenger was all praise for the Welshman and insisted that what he has achieved over the last few years was fantastic.

"Definitely, compared to one year ago. What he has achieved is fantastic. His intelligence, his desire to improve and [his] listening. He has a very learning attitude and he has a fantastic engine as well," he told