Arsene Wenger blasts TV schedule; comments on Replacement rumours.

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Arsene Wenger says something must be done to solve the fixture scheduling mess which means Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final will clash with a key Premier League title game.

Arsenal will take on Reading on Saturday evening as league leaders Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

The Gunners boss also branded rumours that he will be replaced by Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp as ‘ridiculous’, after the German announced he will be leaving the club this summer.

On TV scheduling, Wenger said: ‘Something should be done. I’m surprised they don’t analyse it in the TV deals. I’m surprised a game of the same stature is played at the same time. There’s a little conflict there. It’s difficult to understand.’

‘We would like it to be a unique competition that’s played, especially a semi-final or final and don’t want it to be conflicting with other competitions. It’s a very big game (at Chelsea). It’s a surprise to me.’

Wenger admits a United win at Chelsea could open up the title race again. ‘Mathematically yes,’ he said. ‘But we have to keep winning.’

Klopp confirmed on Wednesday his intention to leave Dortmund at the end of the season after seven years in which the club won two Bundesliga titles and reached the Champions League final.

It sparked a frenzy of speculation about whether the charismatic 47-year-old might be destined for England with Arsenal or Manchester City, where manager Manuel Pellegrini is feeling the heat after a poor run of form.

‘I’m not an agency to place managers,’ said Wenger, when asked about Klopp’s announcement. ‘I like every manager and respect, everybody. I find that circus a bit ridiculous.

‘It’s down to every club to make the right decision and to respect Dortmund. Dortmund is a massive club and will survive, they have the ability to keep their best players. They have a big history linked with great results and great achievements so I don’t think that will stop for Dortmund.’

Arsenal will have Jack Wilshere available for the semi-final against Reading, as he trained on Thursday with the club at their base. Wojciech Szczesny will start in the tie, and was also put through his paces during Arsenal’s training session.

The Gunners boss says his team have learned from last season, when they fell behind at this stage against Wigan and needed penalties to beat the Championship side.

‘It’s my 10th semi-final and that means we know how to prepare but it’s always tricky,’ he added.

‘We learned from Wigan last year. It’s always a special occasion to share with our fans. We want them to go home happy.