Arsenal battles back to draw with Man U

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Theo Walcott levelled when his cross deflected past substitute goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

Arsenal took a big step towards securing third place thanks to a fortunate late equaliser at Old Trafford.

Ander Herrera took advantage of some sloppy marking to hand Manchester United the lead, but Theo Walcott’s cross flew in off Tyler Blackett’s leg and the match ended 1-1.

These two teams have engaged in some titanic battles over the years, but this was a low-key meeting and will perhaps be remembered more for the goodbyes that took place than the action on the pitch.

Radamel Falcao waved to all four corners of the ground when he was replaced in the second half and, with a return of just four goals in 28 appearances, it seems unlikely the on-loan striker will be back next season.

Real Madrid target David de Gea also waved to the United fans as he came off with an injury in the second half and was replaced by Victor Valdes.

For United to snatch third place, they will have to beat Hull next weekend and hope Arsenal lose their final two games against Sunderland and West Brom.

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