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EPL: Rooney predicts club to win title, top-four places

Wayne Rooney

Former England striker, Wayne Rooney, believes that Arsenal are “favourites” to win the Premier League this season.

The ex-Manchester United man has said he cannot see the Gunners collapsing despite pressure from Manchester City.

Arsenal restored their eight-point lead over Man City with an emphatic 4-1 win over Leeds United on Saturday.

Defending champions Manchester City thumped Liverpool by the same scoreline earlier in the day but Arsenal responded to maintain their lead with nine games to go.

Man City have a game in hand over Arsenal and play host to the Gunners later in the month, meaning there could yet be some twists and turns in the title race.

But Rooney – who won five Premier League titles at Manchester United – does not expect Arsenal to ‘collapse’ and views Mikel Arteta’s side as ‘favourites’ to be crowned champions.

While Manchester City are going for a fifth league title in six years, Arsenal have not won the Premier League since 2004 and finished just fifth last season.

‘The title race? Nothing would surprise me from Manchester City,’ Rooney told The Times. ‘They could put together an incredible run and still win it but you have to say Arsenal are favourites.

‘Everyone has been waiting for them to drop off but they’ve been top of the league for so many weeks and dealing with the pressure all season. I don’t see a collapse from them.’

England record goalscorer Rooney believes his former club Manchester United will finish third behind Arsenal and Manchester City.

Six clubs appear to be competing for the final two Champions League spots, with just eight points separating third-placed Man United and Liverpool in eighth.

Liverpool suffered another deflating defeat on Saturday – losing 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium – but Rooney believes Jurgen Klopp’s side are ‘capable of going on a run’ and securing Champions League football ahead of Newcastle, Tottenham and Brighton.

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