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Arsenal, United keep each other in check

Published on Feb 13, 2014 5:50 AM
Manchester United's English defender Chris Smalling (left) vies for the ball with Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London, on Feb 12, 2014. The match ended in a draw 0-0. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal squandered an opportunity to return to the Premier League summit after drawing 0-0 with Manchester United in an attritional game at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Both teams had suffered damaging results at the weekend, Arsenal crashing 5-1 at Liverpool and United drawing 2-2 at home to bottom club Fulham, and the tentativeness on either side made for a game of only sporadic excitement.

Robin van Persie came closest to scoring for United, spurning an excellent early chance and later hitting the crossbar with a header, while Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny had a header cleared of the line.

Arsenal would have gone top with victory, but the draw left Arsene Wenger's side a point behind Chelsea in second place.

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