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Van Persie Scores in Arsenal-Man. Utd. Draw; Reading, QPR Drop

Soccer Player Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie of Manchester United has a close range header on goal saved by Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United in London. Photographer: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Manchester United’s Robin van Persie scored against his former team as the newly crowned Premier League champion drew 1-1 at Arsenal.

Bottom clubs Reading and Queens Park Rangers were relegated after they drew 0-0 today. Chelsea beat Swansea 2-0 to move ahead of Arsenal into third spot.

Theo Walcott gave Arsenal a second-minute lead and the home team went on to control the first half at the Emirates Stadium. United came back into the game after Van Persie leveled from the penalty spot in the 44th minute.

United has 85 points, and cannot now beat Chelsea’s record Premier League points haul of 95. Last year’s champion Manchester City has 71, followed by Chelsea (65), Arsenal (64) and Tottenham (62). A top-four finish brings Champions League qualification.

The Reading-QPR result at the Madejski Stadium leaves both teams on 25 points, with three games left. Wigan has 32 points and Aston Villa -- which hosts Sunderland tomorrow -- has 34. Wigan will meet Villa on the last day of the season.

Chelsea’s win maintains its challenge for a top-four place. Oscar and Frank Lampard, with a penalty, got the goals just before halftime.

Yesterday, Liverpool won 6-0 at Newcastle, Manchester City defeated West Ham 2-1, and Everton had a 1-0 victory over Fulham. West Brom won 3-0 at Southampton , Stoke beat Norwich 1-0 and Tottenham drew 2-2 at Wigan.

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