Arsenal, Man Utd advance in Premier League football
LONDON: Robin van Persie rocketed Arsenal back into the English Premier League title race with a quick fire double that stunned leaders Chelsea in a 2-1 away win at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal''s title hopes would have been dealt a severe blow by a defeat that would have left them 13 points off the pace and having suffered three consecutive league defeats.
But the manner of their victory at what was the most difficult ground in England to win at will have surely sent notice to the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool that the Gunners are in no mood to give up the race.
Rooney scored his 100th goal in club soccer to give 10-man Manchester United a 1-0 Premier League win at local rival Manchester City.
United, which remains third in the 20-team standings, moves to 28 points -- five behind Chelsea and Liverpool. Arsenal, which is two points further back, rallied with two goals from Robin van Persie to defeat Chelsea. Johan Djourou had put the ball into his net in the first half.