Critics of the North London club regularly talk about Arsenal being short of leaders on the pitch, with few players showing the sort of grit and determination showcased by legends like Tony Adams and Thierry Henry.
However, Redknapp thinks that Arsenal would go some way toward solving this issue if they were to sign the England captain, with Jose Mourinho clearly looking to push the striker out of Old Trafford.
As per his column in the Evening Standard, Redknapp criticised Arsenal’s performance against Sutton United in the FA Cup, adding that Rooney would not have allowed standards to slip against a non-league side:
“I watched Arsenal the other night at Sutton and I know it was a difficult pitch but some of their younger players were getting caught in possession, losing it cheaply and were putting their team in danger,” Redknapp wrote.
“There was nobody there shouting: ‘Oi, f***ing liven up!’ They get away with it all the time.”
He added: “Nobody sticks the boot into them, whether that’s from the dugout or other players on the pitch.
“Rooney would be someone out there on his team-mates’ case, digging them out if they aren’t at it. That would be invaluable for Arsenal.”
Redknapp, who has been out of the game since leaving his post as Jordan manager in 2016, continued that pundits are spot on when they blame Arsenal’s lack of leadership for their decline in recent seasons.
“Everyone always says they have no leaders and that’s because it is true. He [Rooney] may not be the player of old but he’s still the type of character to help take a team to the next level. And that’s just what Arsenal need.”
Arsenal have nine days to prepare for their next Premier League game against Liverpool, with the pressure still firmly on Arsene Wenger’s side after their horror-showing against Bayern Munich.