Manchester United can still win title at Arsenal

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Did Arsenal get a reprieve from one of their worst fears by United dropping points at Upton Park? No is the answer.

The thought of Robin van Persie lifting the Premier League title aloft at the Emirates would have been a dream to Arsenal fans one year ago. Right now the very thought of it sounds like a nightmare.

It is very much a reality though, with Manchester United having a very healthy lead at the top of the Premier League.

That lead was reduced tonight, in a 2-2 draw against West Ham, in which Van Persie hit his 22nd league goal of the season, while Manchester City beat Wigan 1-0.

United face Arsenal at the Emirates in two weekend's time, on April 28th.

The question Gunners fans have been busy asking on Twitter in the wake of United's draw is whether Van Persie can still lift the trophy in front of them.

Not because they want it to happen, but because the very thought of it is quite sickening, given that the Arsenal board sanctioned the sale to a 'rival', and supporters would rather not see it happen.

But United's draw has not changed anything, yet. The lead stands at 13 points, but City have a game in hand, which would reduce it to 10.

However after the Arsenal game, United only play three more matches, meaning if they keep the advantage of 10 points, permitting the reduction for the game in hand, they will not be able to be caught if they do what they need to.

In short, United need to win their next two games to win the Premier League.

Those are next Monday night at home to Aston Villa, and then the following Sunday away to Arsenal.

The draw against the Hammers gives Arsenal fans no reprieve from the possibility of their fear being realised, but they may want to hope that Villa can somehow take some points off United at Old Trafford, because then it would be ruled out.

It's unlikely though, so what it will boil down to, is Arsenal needing to rely on themselves to prevent such an event,  right now it's certain to say a win for Arsenal will certainly stop United winning the league at their place.

A win for Arsenal will also be a big morale booster for them, and significant in their own Champions League place chase. However...

If City lose to Spurs this weekend and fail to beat West Ham, and United beat Villa, it could be all over beforehand. Did anyone say guard of honour?

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