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Arsenal seek redemption at Bolton to stay in contention

sports Updated: Apr 22, 2011 01:36 IST

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Arsenal must pick themselves up from Wednesday's disappointing 3-3 draw with arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur and focus on this weekend's game against Bolton if they are to keep their Premier League title hopes alive.

Arsenal let a two-goal lead evaporate against Spurs at White Hart Lane and, in many observers' eyes, killed off their hopes of overtaking Manchester United for the Premier League crown.

With champions Chelsea winning 3-1 at home against Birmingham City, Arsenal slipped from second to third behind Carlo Ancelotti's side on goal difference and seem set for a sixth season without a trophy.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was among those who thought Arsenal's failure to win had severely damaged their chances of lifting the title for the first time since 2004.

"They have gone 16 games unbeaten in the League and you don't do that without any bottle," Redknapp said afterwards.

"But it is going to be hard for them to catch Manchester United now, although you never know. Chelsea might win every game and its not the first time we have seen big leads turn around, but it was a bad result for Arsenal tonight and a very good result for Manchester United."

Despite the two points dropped, Wenger was in bullish mood.

"It is not over, we will fight until the end," he told reporters. "Chelsea are back in the race and it is down to us to keep our faith and keep battling and we will not always draw when we score three goals." Arsenal have now dropped 13 points from winning positions this season, and with five matches to play, trail Manchester United by six points. United lead the standings with 70 points, six clear of both Chelsea and Arsenal.