Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has demanded his side show the 'hunger' of champions at Manchester United on Sunday.
The north London club head to Old Trafford in the knowledge they haven't lost an away match since March - and off the back of an impressive 1-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
However, despite being five points clear at the top of the Premier League table, Wayne Rooney this week highlighted Arsenal's incapability to go the distance in recent campaigns.
Wenger told ITV: "Usually after Christmas we have been very strong every season. For the rest, the comments are the comments - nobody knows what will happen in the future,"
With Wenger paying little attention to Rooney's remarks, one thing he can't ignore is his clubs lack of trophies which stretches back now to almost a decade.
The Frenchman could be boosted mind, by the potential return of Jack Wilshire and Mathieu Flamini ahead of Sunday's showdown.
"What is the most important is that we trust our quality and show the resilience and the hunger to achieve what we can achieve," added Wenger.
"We have made a lot of improvements at the back in our defensive game and we have done well in the last two games, but there is a lot to do.
"We cannot come to the conclusion that we are in a position where we can relax - we have a lot more to achieve.
"We have won nothing at all, we have just won two games, and what is important is what we achieve in the future."
Arsenal will face their former captain Robin van Persie, after the forward left the Emirates Stadium in August last year in order to fulfil his ambition.
Wenger confessed it still doesn't sit well with him that the player he signed as a youngster, now plays in the colours of Manchester United, stating "for me he is an Arsenal man".
Van Persie was not alone in recent big names leaving Arsenal in search of success, with Wenger labelling some of the players 'impatient'.
He added: "We have gone through years where we had to be tight financially and we did it in a way that was logical and normal without fading too much at the top level.
"Some players saw the other big clubs buying world-named players and of course they lost a little bit confidence that we can compete with them.
"I think we have always been consistent in the way we thought the club has to be run, but at some stage we can turn the corner. Hopefully we have done it this year."
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