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Rooney: Too Early to Back Arsenal for EPL Title

  • BBC Sport, Wednesday, November 6, 2013 4:14 PM
Wayne Rooney says it’s way too early to back Arsenal for the Premier League title, as the Gunners have led the league before only to “fade away” later in the season. Therefore, the Manchester United striker says the club’s title chances should only be assessed in March.

"We've seen before that they've been in the top two until February or March and then faded away," Rooney said after United’s 0-0 draw against Real Sociedad in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. "They are doing brilliantly at the minute, so it's down to them to try and stay there and us to catch them. We'll have to wait and see where Arsenal are in March."

Rooney & Co., are currently eighth in the Premier League standings, but United is coming off a run of eight games unbeaten in all competitions prior to hosting Arsenal at Old Trafford this weekend. "We're obviously capable of beating Arsenal, we've done it many times in the past," Rooney said. "We know we're capable of playing better and we're trying to do that … if we can get the victory on Sunday then we're in a great position."

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