Wayne Rooney confident of adding to goal tally against Arsenal
The Manchester United striker has scored ten times against the Gunners, with Rooney hoping to sink the Premier League leaders on Sunday.
November 8th, 2013
Wayne Rooney recently questioned whether Arsenal have the staying power to last at the top of the table and the England man is hoping to continue finding the net against a team who have struggled to contain him in the past few seasons.
Rooney has managed a grand total of ten goals against the Gunners during his career, including a hat-trick during the 8-2 drubbing of Arsene Wenger’s team two seasons ago, with the striker claiming that Arsenal must be sick of facing him.
“Arsenal do crop up quite often,” said Rooney. “It is a bit weird. I am sure they must be sick of the sight of me at times. That first goal for Everton does seem like a long time ago. It was obviously a special goal for me, plus they were 32 games unbeaten.
“And I will always remember the 2004 game. There had been a lot of hype around it because of what happened the year before with Ruud van Nistelrooy. That was as tense as I ever remember it before a game. Arsenal were a fantastic team and it was a great feeling to beat them 2-0 and end that record.”
Many consider that Arsenal are heading to Old Trafford at the right time, although Rooney claims that Sunday’s game is the “perfect fixture” for Manchester United as they aim to haul themselves back into title contention.
“It is the perfect fixture for us,” he said. “Arsenal are obviously doing really well but with our current form, it is a chance for us to get a bit closer in the table.
“I said before, it will be interesting to see whether they can maintain that because over the last six or seven years they have faded off,” he said.
“Certainly they seem in a better place. They seem stronger. We know we will have to be at our best to beat them but we are capable of that.
“I have always enjoyed my games against them and it has always been a big game. Hopefully we can get the right result on Sunday. It will be interesting to see what happens.”