Jack Wilshere believes Arsenal may have the edge in the title race thanks to Manchester United's potentially hectic end-of-season schedule.
Should United reach the final of the Champions League and FA Cup, then Sir Alex Ferguson's side will have 12 fixtures between now and May 28.
Arsenal, meanwhile, can fully focus on their final seven Barclays Premier League matches having been knocked out of domestic and European competition and could yet pull off a first league triumph since 2004.
The Gunners find themselves seven points behind United but still retain a game in hand over their fierce rivals - while the two still have to meet at the Emirates Stadium on May 1.
Wilshere, who been one of Arsenal's leading lights this season, now feels that United's success in other competitions - and eventual fatigue - could play into the north Londoners' hands.
"United rotated their team against Fulham and did well," said the 19-year-old. "But I think eventually playing in Europe is going to catch up with them.
"We have a week between every game so it can only be good for us.
"We have a game in hand and United have still got to come to the Emirates.
"If we win those games we are within one point of them.
"We are confident they will drop points. We are ready to take advantage if they slip."
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