Arsene Wenger annoyed by timing of FA Cup clash

English Premier League leaders Chelsea host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, which might steal headlines.

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Arsene Wenger is annoyed that the FA Cup semi-finals will not headline the weekend's football action in England.

The Gunners may feel special when they take to the hallowed Wembley turf for their semi-final clash against Reading on Saturday.

But at exactly the same time, there's probably a bigger football game taking place.

English Premier League leaders Chelsea host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, which kicks off 10 minutes after the FA Cup tie.

Chelsea will edge ever closer to the title with a win over United, while a win for the Red Devils will suit the second placed Gunners.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston Villa will not be taking part in any Premier League action this weekend as they all feature in the final four of the world's oldest cup competition.

Liverpool take on Aston Villa on Sunday.

Speaking on Arsenal.com, Wenger says a FA Cup semi-final should never have to compete with such a high stature game.

"Something should be done about it, I am surprised that they did not analyse that in television deals. It is something that should have been planned, television channels who pay a lot of money for football have conflicted interests in promoting games and that inside the country shouldn't happen."

Wenger says it takes away the uniqueness of the FA Cup.

"I am a bit surprised that game of the same stature is played at the same time, there is a bit of conflict there. It's difficult to understand. You would like it to be a unique competition that is played, especially a semi-final and the final. I think you would want it not to be conflicting with other competitions."

Arsenal v Reading kicks off a 18h20, while Chelsea v Manchester United gets underway at 18h30.