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Ramsey Responds To Rooney

Aaron Ramsey has been the poster boy for Arsenal’s dynamic early season success.

His big goals in quick succession against Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund signalled that the Gunners cannot be discounted in the race for silverware this campaign.

Ahead of Arsenal’s weekend visit to Manchester United, Red Devils star Wayne Rooney half mockingly alluded to the London club’s recent travails.

He suggested that Arsene Wenger’s team is never far away from an implosion.

"We'll have to wait and see where Arsenal are in March," Rooney said. "We've seen before that they've been in the top two until February or March and then faded away."

However, infused with confidence thanks to his own and Arsenal’s excellent form, Ramsey insists that Arsenal are unlikely to fade this season.

He says that the record books show the Gunners are strong finishers, and allied to their good start this season, they have the makings of genuine trophy hunters.

"I think the boss [Arsene Wenger] said the other day that from January, we're the team in the league who have picked up the most points," Ramsey said, in response to Rooney’s dig.

"Our biggest problem over the last few seasons has been [not] starting off well but we've managed to do that this season.

"If we get ourselves into a strong position, then our ability to get as many points as we can in the run-in has been second to none.

"We had a fantastic run-in to last season and after the disappointment of the opening game of the season, we've managed to build. If we can keep it going until Christmas, then we know that we have the ability to compete."  

Next up for Ramsey and co is a trip to Old Trafford, the result of which could have immense psychological ramifications in the context of the title chase.

And Welsh international Ramsey says he and his team-mates are more than up for the challenge.

“We're feeling really confident at the moment, we're on good form, so why not go there and win?” he said.

"We have absolutely no fear. They've had a bit of a rough start. They've had a few good results, they're getting their confidence back up but we're really confident ourselves. Our away record has been really good, so, hopefully, we can continue building on that.”

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