PREMIER LEAGUE: Title race back in the mix as Man Utd fail at Arsenal

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

Arsenal scorers: Ramsey 56
Man Utd scorers:

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

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

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)

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

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