Arsenal can still win the title, Rooney says

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has insisted that Arsenal cannot be ruled out of the title race and they still have the quality to pose a threat, BBC Sport reports. Rooney and his United teammates travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to face Arsenal in a huge game for the title race.

Arsenal were drubbed 8-2 at Old Trafford earlier on in the season and Rooney scored a hat-trick in that game to inflict Arsene Wenger’s worst defeat in his 15 years at Arsenal. Since then, Wenger’s side gathered 28 points from their possible 36 following that loss, but that run was cut short by defeat at Manchester City. Arsenal have also struggled away at Fulham and Swansea City in previous weeks and find themselves in fifth place, looking up at a huge gap between them and the top three.

Wenger’s side are 15 points behind leaders Manchester City with just over half the season played, but Rooney insists that Arsenal cannot be written off. The England international has praised Gunners captain Robin van Persie and midfielder Aaron Ramsey for helping the revival and believes that United will have to keep working hard to hold off the Gunners.

Rooney said: ‘I certainly wouldn’t write Arsenal off, they’re capable of going on a big run. It’s great for the league that there are so many teams that can win it.To beat Arsenal 8-2 with the players and history they’ve got, it was certainly a great result, and a shock as we didn’t expect it. But since then, they’ve gone on a great run and any team under Arsene Wenger is capable of that.’

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