Gunners battered, but even-odds to win title

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> English Premier League: Arsenal draws 2-2 with Manchester United.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Failing to defeat Manchester United at Highbury was disappointing enough for Arsenal. Losing Patrick Vieira and Sol Campbell could be devastating as the title race goes down to the wire. Arsenal drew 2-2 with United on Wednesday night in what was billed as the biggest match of the season. The Gunners seem to be fading after once holding an eight-point lead over United. Manchester United leads with 71 points with four games to play. Arsenal has 68 points but has five to play and a slightly better goal-difference. The Gunners were reeling Thursday with the uncertainty over Vieira and Campbell. Vieira injured Vieira, the influential French midfielder and club captain, limped off in the 34th minute with a knee injury and acknowledged he may be out for the rest of the season. Central defender Campbell faces a four-match ban - three league games and the May 17 FA Cup final - after being sent off for throwing an elbow at Man United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Vieira will definitely miss this weekend's match against Middlesbrough - and maybe the four after that and the cup final. "What I need is rest," Vieira said. "I will definitely not be able to play on Saturday and I am not optimistic for the rest of the season. I can just hope for the best." Red card review Campbell said referee Mark Halsey had agreed to review the red card incident. "I did touch him, but it was not deliberate," Campbell said. "If he doesn't agree it was accidental then I guess that's it, really. That could be my season and it's really tough because I've worked so bloody hard to get this far". "Everybody knows I am not that sort of player and hopefully the video will prove it to the referee," he added. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted the elbow was an accident. But Man United manager Alex Ferguson suggested it may not have been. "I'm getting seriously concerned about elbows," Ferguson said. "Someone is going to get a serious injury as it's happening far too often." English bookmaker William Hill has Arsenal and Man United as 5-6 co-favorites to win the league, with the Gunners at 5-4 to win an unprecedented second consecutive league-cup double. (AP)