Mikel Arteta

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta believes that Manchester United are still the team to beat if they have to raise a challenge for the Premier League title.

The Gunners are currently top of the league, eight points ahead of United in the table but are yet to face any of the top three teams from last season. Arsenal have lost to Chelsea in the League Cup and to Dortmund at home in the run in, but have managed to come back with a win against Liverpool at home and against the Champions League finalists away in midweek. A win at Old Trafford, where the Gunners have failed to make a mark off late, will show that Arsenal mean real business this season.

Arsenal last won at Old Trafford in 2006, when Emmanuel Adebayor scored the winner for the Gunners. Since then, it has been an uphill task for Wenger, conceding 10 goals in their last two outings, which coring only three. However, with the form that the Gunners are currently in, it is the best chance that they have of putting the records straight and pulling up an 11 point gap between themselves and the league leaders. Arteta is understandably not being carried away by United's poor start and expects the Champions to be there and thereabouts come the end of the season.

"I am expecting them to be there because with the quality they have. When you look at the squad, the players, the quality they have and experience as well. If you mixed that all together then obviously it becomes something good so I will be surprised if they're not. He [new manager David Moyes] is a big winner and for sure they are looking much better now. They won a few games in a row and it will be tough to win there," Arteta told www.arsenal.com.

"It's another massive one and we had a few in the last few days. We will just get back and get ready physically for the next step because as you know it will be really hard against Man United," he added.

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