RIO FERDINAND believes Arsenal are champions-elect – thanks to their chilled-out response to falling behind early on against Manchester United.

The Old Trafford legend was awed by Mikel Arteta‘s Premier League leaders showing “zero panic” in Sunday’s late 3-2 win.

Two-goal Eddie Nketiah and fellow scorer Bukayo Saka celebrate as Arsenal came from behind to lead 2-1 then pinch a 90th minute winner

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Two-goal Eddie Nketiah and fellow scorer Bukayo Saka celebrate as Arsenal came from behind to lead 2-1 then pinch a 90th minute winnerCredit: Getty
Rio Ferdinand believes Arsenal have the confidence of champions

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Rio Ferdinand believes Arsenal have the confidence of championsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

The former England defender initially had a dig back at celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan, who claimed Thomas Partey would dominate the “snowflakes” in United’s midfield.

But Ferdinand then had no problem in agreeing Arsenal could be on course for their first Prem title since 2004.

He told Gunners fan Joel Beya on his Five Youtube channel: “You lot played like champions.

“I was sitting there watching it with my two sons.

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“The biggest telling factor for me was when you went one down. There was zero panic.”

Sun columnist Piers had predicted beforehand that all-action Partey would be too strong for his Red Devils’ counterparts.

And Ferdinand was quick to note Marcus Rashford nutmegging the Ghana hero on the way to his brilliant fourth-minute breakthrough.

Ferdy posted a clip of the England frontman’ s cheeky skill and chilling finish along with the words: “Close your legs”.

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In a follow-on post he added: “Ps @piersmorgan I’ve been seeing ur posts!”

But as the Gunners hit back for a deserved victory, TalkTV presenter Piers had the final word: “As I said he would, Partey bullied your snowflakes into submission…”

Piers Morgan had the last laugh on Ferdinand as Arsenal won

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Piers Morgan had the last laugh on Ferdinand as Arsenal wonCredit: Dan Charity



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