Manchester United lead the Premiership by just three points after a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal gives hope to chasing Chelsea. For the first time in eight games Arsenal managed to come out on top over United and for once their normally brittle defence survived a late onslaught from the visitor's.

This result means Chelsea are now just three points behind United with the same goal difference and with just three games left to play, and the Blues are visitor's to United next Sunday in what could be the title showdown.

Arsene Wenger will feel justice was done with this result as referee Chris Foy failed to spot Nemanja Vidic's clear handball which prevented a goalscoring opportunity for Robin Van Persie in the first half.

In truth United struggled to get going and Arsenal always looked the more threatening with the visitor's confined to a couple of direct free kicks which were comfortably saved by Wojciech Szczesny who also did well with a Nani effort.

The winning strike came early in the second half as Van Persie cut the ball back for Aaron Ramsey to fire home between the legs of Michael Carrick.

United tried to increase the tempo of the game but then looked vulnerable when Arsenal broke quickly. Four minutes of added time did not help the Gunner cause considering United's habit of scoring late but for once Arsenal held firm for a deserved three points which all but confirms their Champions League place next season.

Referee: Chris Foy

Venue: Emirates Stadium Attendance:

Arsenal scorers: Ramsey 56 Man Utd scorers:

ARSENAL 53 Szczesny 03 Sagna 06 Koscielny 20 Djourou (Squillaci 69) 22 Clichy 08 Nasri (Arshavin 46) 14 Walcott (Eboue 78) 16 Ramsey 17 A Song (yellow card) 19 Wilshere 10 Van Persie

Substitutes 13 Lehmann, 18 Squillaci, 27 Eboue, 28 Gibbs, 23 Arshavin, 29 Chamakh, 52 Bendtner

MAN UTD 01 Van der Sar 03 Evra 05 Ferdinand 15 Vidic 20 Fabio Da Silva (yellow card) 08 Anderson (Valencia 55) 13 Park Ji-Sung (yellow card) 16 Carrick (Owen 85) 17 Nani 10 Rooney (yellow card) 14 Hernandez (Berbatov 74)

Substitutes 29 Kuszczak, 12 Smalling, 21 Rafael, 22 O'Shea, 25 Valencia, 07 Owen, 09 Berbatov

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