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Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn believes the Gunners need to register a win over Manchester United to keep their title hopes alive.

David Moyes takes his men to the Emirates as United take on Arsenal in the next league fixture on Wednesday evening. The North London side suffered a 5-1 humiliating defeat to Liverpool in the last league fixture at Anfield.

Chelsea had a comfortable 3-0 victory over Newcastle United while Manchester City settled for a point against Norwich City. These results have seen Arsenal lose the top spot as they are second in the table with 55 points, trailing the west London club by a point.

Harry Redknapp claims that his former club Tottenham Hotspur are still in the contention to finish the season above Arsenal.

The former Arsenal defender has urged Arsene Wenger's men to seal a victory over the English champions. He claims a defeat against United could see the Gunners being written off from winning the title this season.

"Arsenal have to win, it's quite simple. They've got to show some character, they've got to beat a Manchester United team that's not in great form," Winterburn told talkSPORT.

"They have some fantastic players but they're not playing to their full potential. If Arsenal don't win then everybody will write them off," he said.

Meanwhile, Winterburn has hailed Wenger after the Frenchman landed Mesut Ozil for a club-record transfer fee last summer. The 50-year-old says he is pleased to see Arsenal allow their star players leave the club and the capture of the German international shows his former club are heading in the right direction.

"I'm pleased Arsenal have now stopped selling their best players and they've brought in [Mesut] Ozil because to me it makes a statement that maybe Asenal are starting to move in the right direction again," the former Arsenal defender said.

"I believe over the next couple of seasons Arsenal will win a trophy. It may be too early for them this season but it looks as if things are moving forward in the club, rather than going reverse as it has done over the last three seasons," Winterburn concluded.