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Arsenal's title hopes fade as Liverpool hold them again
April 05, 2008 19:47 IST
Arsenal and Liverpool drew 1-1 for the third time this season on Saturday as the London side's Premier League title hopes suffered another blow.
After the midweek draw between the sides at the Emirates gave Liverpool a slight advantage in their Champions League quarter-final, Arsenal could now end the weekend eight points behind league leaders Manchester United with five games left.
Liverpool gained a deserved first-half lead through Peter Crouch's firm finish after 42 minutes. Arsenal drew level early in the second half when Nicklas Bendtner powered a header past Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina.
Both sides had chances to claim all three points in the closing stages but the points were shared to strengthen Liverpool's hold on fourth place.
Arsenal moved above Chelsea on goal difference into second place with 71 points but Chelsea will reclaim that place if they beat Manchester City later on Saturday.
Manchester United, who have 76 points, play Middlesbrough on Sunday.