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Title race will go to the wire - Rosicky

ESPN staff
March 17, 2014
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Tomas Rosicky claimed the Premier League title race will go to the final day of the season after reigniting Arsenal's bid.

Final day deciders

  • The title race has been decided on the final on six occasions in the Premier League era. Unsurprisingly, Manchester United have been involved in all of them - a sequence that will end this season.
  • 1994-95: United trail Blackburn by two points going into the final day. Rovers lose at Liverpool, but Sir Alex Ferguson's men can only draw at West Ham.
  • 1995-96: United, two points clear of Newcastle, win comfortably at Middlesbrough to deny Kevin Keegan's side, who themselves could only manage a draw at home to Spurs.
  • 1998-99: Leading Arsenal by a single point going into the final round of games, United edged Spurs at Old Trafford to claim the title - just days before adding the FA Cup and Champions League to the trophy cabinet.
  • 2007-08: For the first time, two teams went into the final day locked on the same number of points - but while United went to Wigan and won comfortably, Chelsea were held at home by Bolton.
  • 2009-10: Two years later Chelsea and United again went nose-to-nose, but with the opposite result. United needed their rivals to drop points at home to Wigan. Instead, Carlo Ancelotti's men won 8-0.
  • 2011-12: Manchesters City and United entered the final day on 86 points. United won at Sunderland and, as the final whistle blew at the Stadium Light, City were being held by QPR. We all know what happened next.

His side's win at north London rivals Tottenham on Sunday stabilised a challenge which had started to falter after taking only four points points from the last 12 available.

The timing was good, too, coupled as it was with Liverpool's thrashing of Manchester United.

Arsenal and Liverpool are now just four points off leaders Chelsea and both have a game in hand.

Manchester City, in fourth, are six points off the summit with three games in hand on the leaders.

And Rosicky, whose second-minute screamer was enough to take all three points from White Hart Lane, believes Arsenal have as good a chance as anyone.

"I think it's a great race for the fans as well as the players," Rosicky told Sky Sports. "I think it will be until the last game of the season.

"This is a very tough league, every game is very important and there are plenty of games still to go".

Rosicky exchanged passes with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before unleashing a 20-yard thunderbolt into the top corner just 72 seconds into the game.

And the Czech Republic international admitted that it was a favourite - especially coming against the Gunners' arch rivals.

"It's one of the best, against Tottenham as well," he said.

"I'm delighted by a goal like that and most importantly we won the game.

"It's a great result for us. These derby games are always very tough. It means a lot for us, obviously for our fans as well. We are delighted."

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