Arsenal, Manchester United draw 2-2

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

English Premier League - Arsenal and Manchester United failed to deliver decisive blows in a 2-2 draw at Highbury, a match billed beforehand as the showdown of

Arsenal, Manchester United draw 2-2

London:

The English Premier League title race is still wide open. Arsenal and Manchester United failed to deliver decisive blows yesterday in a 2-2 draw at Highbury, a match billed beforehand as the showdown of year in English football. A win for either team would have been a giant step toward the title. Instead, Man United leads Arsenal by three points, but the Gunners have a game in hand and a narrow one-goal lead in goal difference. English bookmakers immediately established United as slight favourites. Asked about who is the favourite, Man United manager Alex Ferguson replied: "Don't ask me that one. I couldn't tell you. I think it's going to go to the wire." "It's open for anybody to take," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Ryan Giggs's second-half equaliser was crucial play at Arsenal. Thierry Henry scored two second-half goals - 51st and 62nd - to give Arsenal a 2-1 lead, overcoming Ruud Van Nistelrooy's first-half strike. But Arsenal couldn't hold on with Giggs scoring a minute later on a 63rd-minute header. Man United leads with 71 points and has four to play. Arsenal has 68 but has five matches remaining. Defending champion Arsenal played from the 82nd with only 10 men after defender Sol Campbell was sent off for throwing a right elbow into the side of the head of Man United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Campbell could face a four-game ban on a play Wenger said was "accidental". (AP)



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