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Van Persie double in vain as Arsenal held in 3-3 thriller

May 05, 2012 19:52 IST

Arsenal wasted the chance to go four points clear of Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United when, despite a double from Robin van Persie, they were held to a thrilling 3-3 home draw by Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Yossi Benayoun put third-placed Arsenal in front after 70 seconds before Norwich hit back with goals from Wesley Hoolahan and Grant Holt.

Van Persie, the league's top scorer, took his tally for the season to 30 with two goals in the 72nd and 80th minutes but Steve Morison rescued a point for the visitors with five minutes to go.

Arsenal have 67 points with one game left to play this season. Fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, at Aston Villa, and fifth-placed Newcastle, at home to leaders Manchester City, play their games in hand on Sunday.

Manchester City and Manchester United are locked together on 83 points. United host Swansea City on Sunday.

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