By Chris Harris
If England want to pitch successfully for the 2018 World Cup, they will need a good pitch at Wembley.
That was the message from Arsène Wenger as he joined the debate on the national stadium's playing surface after it was criticised in the wake of the FA Cup Semi-Finals.
Players from Chelsea, Aston Villa, Tottenham and Portsmouth all lost their footing on the Wembley turf at the weekend and the Football Association are reportedly considering whether to relay the pitch once again.
Wenger is not sure whether that will help but he expects the FA to address the problem soon with England among the countries hoping for a favourable decision when the 2018 World Cup hosts are announced in December.
"I don't know [if it should be relayed]," said Wenger. "I saw yesterday that they have relayed it ten times. It looks like relaying the pitch is not the problem. They have to go deeper into the problem.
"One thing's for sure, I support personally the campaign for England for the World Cup in 2018. I try to be active on it so I can't imagine that England goes for the bid for the World Cup with a bad pitch.
"I'm not a specialist enough to see what is the problem. But they have to sort it out."
Tottenham were probably the biggest victims of the Wembley pitch at the weekend - it was Michael Dawson's decisive slip in extra-time that allowed Portsmouth to take the lead in their Semi-Final.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp labelled the surface "a disgrace" after seeing his side lose 2-0 and, although Wenger would not go that far, he admits that the current state of affairs is unacceptable.
"You can call it like you want but it is a football country, it is the best league in the world and so what we want to show to the rest of the world is that we have the best pitches in the world," he said.
"I don't know if it [a bad pitch] would harm England's campaign [to host the World Cup], I just feel that England have the most renowned football stadium in the world and to have a bad pitch is not acceptable.
"I'm confident that the federation will sort it out but it cannot remain like this, that everybody complains about the pitch after the game. It's not good enough."