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London heavyweights Arsenal and Chelsea will be pulling no punches this Saturday evening when the pair meet at Wembley for an FA Cup semi-final.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has defended the dominance of English clubs in the UEFA Champions League.

At least one English side has made the final of the competition for the past four years, producing two winners in Liverpool and most recently Manchester United, who overcame Chelsea in last year’s final. Moreover, no English side has been beaten by continental opposition since Milan’s victory over Liverpool in the 2007 final.

“The whole point of a competition is the best come out on top and that is what is happening,” he told The Sun.

“It’s a pity we couldn’t have had all four of our clubs in the semi-finals.

“There are no easy games in the Premier League and that prepares clubs well for Europe. What matters is that the best teams play the best football, entertain the fans and win matches.

“I understand the arguments against English domination but I don’t accept them.”

While Scudamore is happy to see the Premier League outfits regularly making the latter stages of the Champions League, he feels that if Uefa wish to curb the English clubs dominance then they should first look at amending their own system.

“At the moment clubs from the same country cannot be drawn against each other until the quarter-finals,” he added.

“They could make it an open draw from the last 16.”

London heavyweights Arsenal and Chelsea will be pulling no punches this Saturday evening when the pair meet at Wembley for an FA Cup semi-final.

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