Jack Wilshere believes that if Arsenal were to sign his England team-mate Wayne Rooney from Manchester United it would be a virtual guarantee of winning something.

"If it [signing Rooney] happens, it would be amazing," Wilshere said. "He is the type of player who can win you trophies – and just to see his name on the team sheet brings fear to the opposition. We could do with a little more of that."

Arsenal, with £75m available to spend this summer, are also interested in signing Real Madrid's £25m-rated forward Gonzalo Higuaín and the Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini who would, like Rooney, both command significant transfer fees and wages.

Wilshere, 21, believes the calibre of players now likely to be brought in by Arsenal shows they mean business on the pitch.