MIDFIELDER Aaron Ramsey sees no reason why Arsenal should not be confident they can stay the course when the Premier League title race hots up.
The Gunners head to Old Trafford on the back of a hugely-impressive 1-0 away Champions League victory at Borussia Dortmund, where Ramsey's second-half goal completed a smash-and-grab raid on the Germans' Westfalenstadion fortress to put them back on course for qualification from Group F.
Despite eight wins from the opening 10 Premier League games, the last of which came over second-placed Liverpool, pundits remain split over whether Arsenal, lifted by the club-record singing of Mesut Ozil, can mount a sustained challenge for honours in 2014.
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, said "let us see where Arsenal are in March" and claimed "we've seen before that they've been in the top two... and then faded away", with David Moyes' men aiming to build on their own unbeaten run of eight matches in all competitions ahead of the showdown with Arsene Wenger's squad at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Ramsey feels Arsenal have already shown they do posses the needed character to maintain momentum through to the Spring.
"Our biggest problem over the last few seasons is starting off well which we have managed to do now this season," said the Wales midfielder, whose close-range header in Dortmund took his tally for the season to an impressive 11 goals.
Asked if the Gunners have anything to fear from playing at Old Trafford, Ramsey insisted: "Absolutely not. They have had a bit of a rough start, but they have overcome that now I think.
"They have had a few good results in the league and will be getting their confidence back up, but we are really confident ourselves.
Arsenal were without Jack Wilshere in Germany, and he will have a test on an ankle injury ahead of the United match.
Mathieu Flamini could return having been sidelined by a groin problem, but Theo Walcott is not expected to feature for two weeks.