Arsene Wenger discusses the use of technology to improve football

Arsene Wenger discusses the use of technology to improve football

‘The question is how far will we go?’

Arsène Wenger has been waiting a long time for football to embrace technology – but now it has arrived, he has preached a degree of caution.

Video assistant referees are in place at this summer’s Confederations Cup, a move welcomed by the Arsenal manager, and he says it is “inevitable” that further measures will follow.

“The only question we have to answer now is how far will we go?” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “For example there is a guy in the box who should be given a penalty. The opposition win the ball, go up the other end and score. Do you cancel the goal and give the penalty to the other side?

“That could become a very controversial decision, because if the referee lets the game flow he cannot stop the game. If he comes back and gives a penalty of course that can create havoc, because he has to wait until the game has stopped to intervene. We have to think about how you deal with that.

“At the moment I would [use VAR] for offside and goals allowed or disallowed, but keep it as simple as possible. It would sometimes allow the linesmen to let the game go – they would be encouraged to be a bit less protective of the defenders if they knew that if a goal was scored you could come back to see if it was offside or not.

“The penalty decision I’m not 100 per cent convinced about because even if you watch it 10 times on video and have 10 specialists in the studio, five might say it’s a penalty and five might say it’s not.”

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