Wayne Rooney makes Arsenal jibe ahead of vital clash

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Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has shot a slick jibe in the direction of Arsenal, saying that they must be sick of the sight of him by now, according to the Daily Mail.

The England international has an impressive scoring record against the Gunners, which dates all the way back to his now famous introduction to the Premier League stage in 2002.

Rooney scored a screamer at the age of 16 to end an Arsenal unbeaten run that had stretched 32 games, before returning to haunt them when he netted the second goal as United defeated the Invincibles in 2004, following his £27million move to Old Trafford.

And the 28-year-old admits that he has something of a knack when it comes to scoring goals against Arsenal.

"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."

The striker is also relishing the prospect of hosting the current league leaders at the weekend, and described the fixture as being "perfect".

Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League and have established a clear five point lead, but Rooney believes there could not be a better time for United to face them.

"'It is the perfect fixture for us," he declared.

"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."

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