By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger does not believe Manchester United's fixture schedule is as helpful to Arsenal as some have suggested.
When the Premier League leaders travel to Emirates Stadium on May 1 Sir Alex Ferguson's side will have just returned from the first leg of their Champions League Semi-Final against Schalke.
Three days after their trip to London United will host Schalke in the second leg of their European tie and some believe having three important fixtures in such quick succession could cause a problem for Arsenal's title rivals.
However, Wenger does not support that theory.
"The schedule is not too bad for them because they play Schalke on Tuesday night and they are super-favourites to win that Semi-Final," argued Wenger.
"I am not even sure they will be completely out of resources against Schalke. I don't know. But until then the most important thing for us is to get as close as possible.
"[Their schedule] can be a handicap, but will it be? I don't know. When you have momentum it can be helpful as long as everything goes for you - they had that in 1999 [when Manchester United won the treble], where the championship was very close between us and them.
"What has changed between 1999 and today is that every game is much more difficult in the Premier League, especially for Manchester United away from home like anybody else. The games are not like before - it is much more difficult for everyone away from home now.
"The only thing I do know is it will be only helpful to us to win our games, so we just have to focus to try and win our games. For the rest we cannot look too much."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source