Edin Dzeko believes the Premier League title race is still very much open, despite Manchester City handing rivals Manchester United the initiative.

City could have risen to the summit of the table with victory against Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but had to fight desperately for a draw.

Late goals from Mario Balotelli and Aleksandar Kolarov ensured City snatched a point from the jaws of defeat having been 3-1 down to the Black Cats with barely five minutes remaining.

Manchester United, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to extend the deficit to five points when they face relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers on Monday evening, and could go eight points clear next Sunday.

Roberto Mancini has conceded that the race will be over should United complete a double triumph over Blackburn and Queens Park Rangers, with City not scheduled to play again until late on Sunday afternoon.

Dzeko, though, has not given up hope of City pipping United to the trophy come May, and believes the current champions are capable of dropping points in the final run-in.

"There are seven games to play, and the way we dropped points, United can drop points as well, so everything is still open," Dzeko said, according to skysports.com.

"We need to go from game to game and try to win every match.

"The next is Arsenal. We will play to win and then we will see.

"They are fighting for a Champions League place and are a top team, so it won't be easy. It should be a good, open game.

"Maybe we thought Saturday was going to be easy. We had won all our home games so maybe we thought we could count on all three points - but it's not like that, and you have to fight for every point."

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