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Arsenal forward Andrei Arshavin has said that Guus Hiddink's Chelsea
Arsenal forward Andrei Arshavin has said that Guus Hiddink's Chelsea are the only side that can prevent Manchester United from winning their third Premier League title in a row.

"Liverpool have of course played some crazy matches, but Manchester United will probably become champions. The only team that can stop them doing this is Chelsea," Arshavin told Sport Express.

Liverpool, whose last three games have seen them win 4-0 at home to Real Madrid, 4-1 at Old Trafford and 5-0 at home to Aston Villa, have closed to within a point of Manchester United, although the leaders have a game in hand. Chelsea dropped to third after losing 1-0 at Tottenham at the weekend and are now four points behind United having played a game more.

Arshavin also said that a string of Arsenal wins had not yet guaranteed them fourth place and a 2009/10 Champions League spot ahead of Aston Villa.

"I don't think we have already got a place in the top four. Aston Villa have just had a tough series of games - they have played against all the leaders. We still have similar matches to come," he said.

"If we win all our remaining eight games, we have a real chance of becoming champions," he went on. "After all, we have to play all our rivals. We'll aim for this, but as to how realistic this is only time will tell."

Arsenal, ten points behind Manchester United and having played one more match, travel to Liverpool on 21 April, host Chelsea on May 9, and then go to Old Trafford a week later.

Arshavin, currently in Moscow with the national team ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Lichtenstein, also said that his teammates had jokingly greeted him in English upon his return. (Image gallery)

"Everyone said 'How are you?'" he revealed, also joking that he had become disaccustomed to everyone speaking Russian in the dressing room after two months in England.


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