[arshavin+man+uted+hands+face.jpg]Andrey Arshavin concedes it is now time to roll up the sleeves in Arsenal’s pursuit of the Premier League crown.

The Gunners suffered a setback in their title challenge on Sunday as Manchester United stormed the Emirates with a 1-3 victory.

And Arshavin who was energetic but lacked a clinical touch in Arsenal’s attack has saluted United and especially Nani’s superiority on the day but insists matters could have been different.

“Manchester United are well controlled in midfield and several times had a quick transition from defense to attack.” Arshavin  told his website.

They managed to score three goals on us. What else? I think that was a very good match for Nani”

The aftermath of Sunday’s result is similar to that of November’s humiliation by Chelsea. Arsenal faced an uphill battle in the title race then and despite an impressive recovery afterwards, Arshavin seems more hit by this blow by United.

“After such defeats, it is even harder to believe that we can win first place.” he added.

Prior to the games against Aston Villa and United, the Russian insisted Arsenal’s title chances can only be evaluated on February 10 after the clash with Liverpool and Arshavin now aims to put things right with Chelsea and Liverpool to come.

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“Yes.  Then I said that the meeting with Aston Villa, Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool, would be divided into two segments. The first segment is now held. There are still two games, which I hope we will hold better.”