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Liverpool Vs. Arsenal: Arteta Wants The FA Cup Replays To End

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Arteta Unmoved By Criticism Of Arsenal Celebrations

The manager of Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, has demanded that FA Cup replays be stopped in order to prevent scheduling conflicts before his team’s third-round matchup at home against Premier League leaders Liverpool.

The prestigious knockout competition begins in the third round, when England’s top teams compete. Arsenal will face Klopp’s table-toppers on Sunday, having dropped five points already.

The Gunners are set for a 13-day break following the Cup tie but a draw at the Emirates Stadium would mean the two sides having to meet at Anfield during a rare near two-week long rest for Arsenal amid their domestic and European commitments.

Arsenal could be involved in a rejigged Champions League next season and Arteta, asked if England’s governing Football Association, should scrap replays, replied: “I think so.

“We will see what happens because with the new format of the Champions League, there will be more games (to play) so I don’t know how we are going to fit them in.”

“The (mini) break will be minimal and we have plans for both scenarios,” the Spaniard added at a pre-match press conference. Although (cancelling replays) must be taken into consideration, we still want to win the game and will make an effort to do so.

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