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Arsenal Held While Liverpool Close Gap On Leaders

mind_the_gap-logoThe big game of the day in the English Premier League ended in a dour goalless draw as Arsenal and Manchester United disappointed at the Emirates. A point does little for either side’s respective ambitions, but Arsenal must surely look upon it as a chance missed in their pursuit of the title.

Arsenal are in the middle of a horrendous run of games, but while the focus has been on their title aspirations, Gunners fans will not like looking at the table as Liverpool in 4th are only three points behind Arsene Wenger’s side and bitter rivals Spurs are only six points back in 5th place.

It has been good week for Liverpool as they have sliced 5 points off Arsenal’s lead over them. Liverpool beat Fulham 3-2 on dramatic fashion as Steven Gerrard’s spot kick with only stoppage-time left put them ahead for the first time on the night, with the Fulham having twice led through Kolo Toure’s horror own goal and Kieran Richardson.

Liverpool replied through Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, before Gerrard won it after Sascha Riether brought down Sturridge.

Liverpool have been overlooked in the title race all season, but they are only four points behind leaders Chelsea with 12 games to go. And Manchester City still has to visit Anfield this season.

Tottenham Hotspur remain only three points behind Liverpool as they thumped Newcastle United 4-0 at St James’ Park. In-form Emmanuel Adebayor opened the scoring with 19 minutes gone and added a second after the break, with Paulinho and Nacer Chadli also on target.

The night’s other game saw Stoke and Swansea play out a 1-1 draw. Peter Crouch opened it up for the home side but Chico Flores scored seven minutes after the break to get a point for Swansea.

The other planned matches, between Everton and Crystal Palace and Manchester City and Sunderland, were called off because of the weather.