By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger is enjoying the view from the Premier League summit but he accepts that Arsenal needed a helping hand from the weather to climb to the top of the table.
A hard-fought 2-1 win over Fulham ensured the Gunners did their job at the weekend while Everton’s draw at Chelsea ensured Wenger’s side would be London’s top dog for at least a week.
But Manchester United might have held onto the No 1 spot had their trip to Blackpool not fallen victim to a frozen pitch at Bloomfield Road.
That’s why Wenger believes his team have yet to wrest the initiative from Sir Alex Ferguson’s men – but he hopes to change that with a win at Old Trafford on Monday.
“We are not completely top of the tree because if United win at Blackpool they go back. But we are in there - we have a chance,” said Wenger.
“What we want to do is strengthen our lead because at the moment we cannot really say we are top of the league. But we have an opportunity to strengthen our position and we have that opportunity at Manchester. It is open and that is what makes it interesting.
“Of course, one month ago, we could only hope to be top of the league, but now we are there, we are very happy.
"It is a good feeling and long may it last as we want to maintain it at the top. But it depends on the coming month.”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