By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes the FA Cup retains its glamour even if some clubs field weakened sides in the competition.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp threatened to rest a number of key players for their Fourth-Round tie at Manchester United in the wake of their midweek exertions in the Carling Cup and a pressing need to steer clear of the Premier League drop zone.

Redknapp's comments, made after Spurs edged a gruelling encounter with Burnley after extra time, sparked accusations that Tottenham were 'devaluing' the FA Cup. Wenger played down those criticisms when the topic was raised at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

"Harry Redknapp is responsible for Tottenham and I leave him with his statements," said the Frenchman.

"I personally think that the question of whether the competition has been devalued has been asked for years and still everybody fights to be at Wembley.

"It can be that some clubs have different priorities like Tottenham at the moment. They might have different worries but overall the FA Cup is still a glamorous competition."

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23 Jan 2009