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Thursday, November 6, 2008


Wayne Rooney aims to fire United to a first win at the Emirates on Saturday.

Over the past two seasons the Reds have twice squandered match-winning positions at Arsenal, and Rooney is determined to avoid a repeat.

Rooney scored on both visits so far to the Emirates, but on each occasion Arsenal mounted dramatic late comebacks. In January 2007, Thierry Henry scored a rare headed goal to give the Gunners a 2-1 win and last season William Gallas scored seconds from the final whistle to secure a point.

“We’ve thrown away some points there in the last two seasons, despite them being really good games. I think we should have maybe won at least one of them,” he said.

“We know Arsenal are a good team, they pass the ball really well. They can make it difficult for you, especially at home, so we’ll have to make sure we’re focused, we all do our jobs right and try to get the goals to win it.”

Meanwhile, Rooney is confident United’s squad is equipped to cope with the strains of competing in multiple competitions, and says he relishes the hectic fixture list. “Since I’ve been at this club the games have been Saturday - Wednesday - Saturday - Tuesday. I prefer it that way. I’d rather play twice a week than only play Saturdays.”

Hopefully Manchester dominate and win at the Emirates.

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