By Giuseppe Muro

Jack Wilshere believes the Premier League title race would have been all but over if Arsenal had lost at Blackpool.

Three successive stalemates left Arsène Wenger’s side ten points behind Manchester United, albeit with two games in hand, going into the must-win meeting at Bloomfield Road.

Sunday’s 3-1 win keeps Arsenal in touch with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side and Wilshere admitted that only three points would have been sufficient to keep the heat on United following their own 2-0 victory over against Fulham on Saturday.

“We are delighted because we knew that if we had lost on Sunday it could have been all over,” said the midfielder. “We are delighted with the three points.

“We are chasing Manchester United - we have got a game in hand and they have still got to come to Emirates Stadium. We are confident they will drop points so we just have to keep playing like we did today and getting three points.

“There is a lot of pressure on us now in every game and we dealt with that pressure well today. Our fans were brilliant, like always, and they were behind us which was important.

“Cesc was back and he got us passing again. It was flowing well,” he added.

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11 Apr 2011