Arsene Wenger is against FA Cup replays being abolished because he admits they help him out quite a bit.

Since last season, replays have been scrapped after the quarter-final stage. Now, there’s apparently been talk of them being abolished altogether.

Wenger would much rather the FA Cup keeps replays because, if it wasn’t for them, Arsenal might not have won 13 FA Cup trophies to date.

“Overall, if you gave me the choice of whether to go out or to have a replay, I’d still want the replay,” said Wenger.

“No, I wouldn’t abolish them – not when I think that it helped us a quite a bit to win this trophy in the past.

“And we have a squad who can deal with that. Many people want to cut it – but, personally, I am not in favour of this.”

Arsenal are the most successful team and Wenger is the most successful manager in FA Cup history.

The Frenchman has won the trophy seven times. However, that might not be the case without replays giving us a chance to make up for our mistakes.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 27: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal lifts the FA Cup Trophy after The Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

In recent years Arsenal haven’t needed replays as much. More often than not, we can get the job done in one match, although not having them after the quarter-final can be pretty nerve-wracking. Remember being at 1-1 against Wigan at Wembley in 2014?

Although replays might have made Wenger more successful in the FA Cup, having more fixtures isn’t at all welcome.

If Arsenal are really going to go for the Europa League this season, we need as few games as possible in order to rest our strongest players.

Arsenal are also still in the League Cup, which is pretty rare at this stage in the competition, so we already have those matches to contend with as well.

We don’t need even more.