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.