Vital Football

Latest Arsenal FC News

Wenger Wants Replays Scrapped

Wenger Wants Replays Scrapped

After yet another drawn game at Ashburton Grove yesterday, Arsene Wenger has spoken out over his disdain for FA Cup replays, and states he would prefer a Carling Cup style format.

Wenger's claims came after playing Bolton oopp North in a replay during the week, and then making life difficult even further by taking the subsequent FA Cup to a further match.

'There is a lot that can be done to help the problem of games but nobody is willing to do it,' he said. 'Replays in the FA Cup could be stopped, with penalties being held straight away.' Wenger said.

'There is no magic solution because in order to cut down the number of games, something has to be sacrificed and to do that would damage the traditions of the English game. I would be very happy with stopping replays but other clubs I suspect would not.'

As an Arsenal supporter I'm more than used to playing a large number of games per season, and agree that cutting the replays out of the competition would benefit us immensely, but as a lover of football in general I could only see this as a detrimental move for the smaller clubs.

I guess we're just victims of our own success.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday February 18 2007
Time: 6:38PM


The real clue here is what Wenger siad earlier in the week. He said he would never manage a national side becuase "I don't consider internationals as important as other people." i.e. GET RID OF THE POINTLESS, MONEY SPINNING FRIENDLIES!!!!!
Little Dutch
18/02/2007 18:43:00
see the Hudds Town site, FA Cup article, which quotes Wenger, Vital Hudds proposes a good solution i think, which all u bigger clubs could be happy with.
18/02/2007 18:44:00
Replays especially for little clubs against the big clubs can be an all to important money spinner for the little clubs but then I guess to the likes of Wenger we are nobodies anyway and shouldn't have a say!
18/02/2007 20:49:00
bmb, where did u read that AW said little clubs are nobodies, and should not have a say?
18/02/2007 20:59:00
bmb, that's a little unfair to make a comment like that. Arsene's job is to look out for the best interests of the gunners, but I'm sure he'd be the first to recognise the need for every small club that operates on a tight budget to maximise their revenue, in what could be crucial to their very existence. »»Arsene Knows««
18/02/2007 21:27:00
let have replays for the semis only; or Introduce away goals rule for all replays
18/02/2007 22:51:00
As a fan of a 'smaller' club I have to say that the idea does have its attractions.
18/02/2007 23:28:00
I obviously don't understand the finer nuances of what certain traditions in the FA Cup mean to long-time English fans, but I don't see how boring draws like the one against Blackburn, where one side merely goes for a replay, do anything to add to the lustre of a cup competition. Surely replays can eliminate this sort of crap. It wasn't exactly an advertisement for the game, was it?
19/02/2007 07:47:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Arsenal Articles

Jenkinson Ready To Battle Bellerin

After his first Arsenal appearance since May 2014 against Reading, of course during this time he had loans with West Ham and a long-term injury, Jenkinson's hoping for more chances.

Aguero In From Manchester City?

Manchester City are unlikely to sell Aguero but if they do, with it said his relationship with Guardiola is 'strained', Arsenal, Chelsea & Tottenham are all ready to step in?

Iwobi Impresses Wenger But Still Has Work To Do

Alex Iwobi, who has managed 33 first-team outings for Arsenal since breaking into the first-team having apparently chosen the Gunners over West Ham, has netted just twice though.

Vital View - EFL Cup, 25th-26th October

Not a round that really saw any upsets with the majority of those expected into the quarter-finals making it - arguably West Ham's win against Chelsea was the only one.

Archived Vital Arsenal Articles

Vital Arsenal articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

ELC - Reading MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Giroud5%
Sub - Willock0%
Sub - Zelalem0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 9 6 2 1 20 11
2 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 20 10
3 Liverpool 9 6 2 1 20 9
4 Chelsea 9 6 1 2 19 10
5 Spurs 9 5 4 0 19 9
6 Everton 9 4 3 2 15 5
7 Man Utd 9 4 2 3 14 1
8 Southampton 9 3 4 2 13 3
9 Watford 9 3 3 3 12 0
10 AFC Bournemouth 9 3 3 3 12 0
11 Crystal Palace 9 3 2 4 11 0
12 Leicester City 9 3 2 4 11 -4
13 WBA 9 2 4 3 10 0
14 Burnley 9 3 1 5 10 -5
15 West Ham 9 3 1 5 10 -7
16 Stoke 9 2 3 4 9 -7
17 Middlesbrough 9 1 4 4 7 -4
18 Hull City 9 2 1 6 7 -14
19 Swansea 9 1 2 6 5 -7
20 Sunderland 9 0 2 7 2 -10
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Arsenal Results (view all)

Arsenal Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 12:30PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 6 2016 12:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 12:30PM : Manchester United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 27 2016 2:15PM : AFC Bournemouth (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : West Ham United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Stoke City (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

2.Galway Gooner4
5.mar 121
Vital Football Comment