Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be fully aware of the threat Wayne Rooney poses when his side face off against Everton on Sunday.
The Frenchman was on the receiving end of Rooney’s debut goal for the Toffees almost 15 years ago this month — one which Wenger remembers vividly.
“He came on and straight away you could see that this guy has special talent. If we speak about him now, it means that he lasted 15 years and at the top level that is absolutely exceptional — you need a special talent for that. Overall I think that sums it up well.
Everton are on a run of disappointing form and without star man Romelu Lukaku, who joined Manchester United in the summer, but Arsenal’s poor away form will give hope to Ronaldo Koeman’s side.
Wenger’s men go into the match off the back of a narrow 1-0 win in Belgrade but memories of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Watford are likely to be lingering ahead of a tricky-looking match up at Goodison Park.
Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey are expected to return to the Gunners starting XI for their trip to Everton.