Rivals fail to find a sparkle

Published: 13/02/2014

Arsenal were denied a return to top spot in the Premier League after Manchester United toiled to a grim goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Chances were at a premium between the two sides, with the best coming in the opening minutes as former Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, now in the United camp, and home attacker Olivier Giroud should both have scored.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny pushed a powerful header from the Holland forward against the crossbar in the second half of a match which ultimately failed to live up to its billing, leaving Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea still top of the league as Manchester City’s home match against Sunderland was postponed last night.

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