Rooney questions Arsenal’s ability to last distance in the title race

Wayne Rooney appears far from convinced that Arsenal can win a first Premier League title since 2004 this season, despite their good start.

The Gunners have bounced back from an opening day 3-1 home reverse to Aston Villa in some style, having won eight and drawn one of their nine matches since. This has given them a five point lead at the head of the table, whereas reigning champions Manchester United lag behind in eighth place and eight points off the pace.

However, as the two sides prepare to meet at Old Trafford this Sunday, Reds star Rooney is far from convinced that Arsene Wenger’s team have enough to sustain a title bid. Indeed, the England international has noted how the Londoners have started well in previous seasons, only to trail off towards the business end of the campaign.

“We’ll have to wait and see where Arsenal are in March,” said Rooney, who has been the leading light in United’s performances this term. “We’ve seen before that they’ve been in the top two until February or March and then faded away. They are doing brilliantly at the minute, so it’s down to them to try and stay there and us to catch them.”

Some argue that Arsenal are yet to play any of the top teams, but they can count both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur amongst their victims so far. And following their impressive win away to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night, there is little doubt they will travel to Manchester full of confidence at the weekend.


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