Well the results are in: Manchester United 3-0 Liverpool, Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal. So what does it all mean? I think the title is now Manchester United’s for the taking, but that if they slip up Chelsea and Arsenal will be ready to pounce. Their lead in the title race is now 5 points, aming their visit to Chelsea on 26th April the possible title decider. Arsenal, whilst having played very well in Europe are struggling, having not won in six Premiership matches, they seem to have lost the energy and drive, which Chelsea seem to have regained, but probably too late.
Here are some of the different manager’s comments.
Sir Alex Ferguson said:
It was a really good performance – a performance of maturity … we’ve seen a team mature over the last six months and today they hit their high peak … The title race is going right to end of the season because Chelsea and Arsenal are playing well.
Avram Grant, the Chelsea boss highlighted:
Didier [Drogba] was not so good when he came back from the African Nations Cup but last week against Spurs he was better, and today he was very good … We are chasing and are now closer to the top.
Arsene Wenger refused to rule out his Arsenal side’s chances in the title race:
We will fight until the end and we are not worried about the future but are disappointed now, obviously. Today we were unlucky and I thought we played well. We were 1-0 up and were unlucky with their first goal, which I thought was really offside. Nicolas Anelka came on for them and they decided to play long-ball, which put us under a lot of pressure, and that was the only way they could trouble us. In the end we lost the game. It is disappointing because we gave everything but now the priority has to be the next game.