Wenger upset by VAR absence after Leicester defeat


The Premier League’s determination to not implement VAR subsequent season is a backwards step, in line with Arsenal supervisor Arsene Wenger.

Information 10 Could 2018, 03:37 IST


Arsene Wenger
Arsenal supervisor Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger stated the Premier League voting in opposition to the implementation of the video assistant referee (VAR) “destroys” him following Arsenal’s loss at Leicester Metropolis.

Talking after his aspect’s Three-1 defeat on Wednesday – a consequence that stretches their run of consecutive Premier League losses on the highway to seven – Wenger was lower than impressed with two key selections.

The primary was referee Graham Scott’s determination to ship off Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos after 17 minutes for hauling down Kelechi Iheanacho – simply 92 seconds after the Nigerian had given the Foxes the lead.

After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had pulled the Gunners degree, Scott then awarded Leicester a penalty after Henrikh Mkhitaryan had tripped Demarai Grey within the space. Jamie Vardy lashed house from the spot earlier than Riyad Mahrez added gloss to the scoreline late on.

Premier League golf equipment voted in opposition to the full-time implementation of VAR subsequent season, opting as a substitute to increase the trial interval for one more yr – a call that Wenger thinks goes in opposition to the league’s ambition to prepared the ground for the remainder of the world.

“I am satisfied what modified the sport was the penalty,” he stated.

“I’ve complaints concerning the purple card as properly however I feel we dealt properly with the state of affairs. I want to reward the group for the spirit they confirmed tonight.

“There may be all the time a motive for the defeat, however for those who isolate every recreation, it’s unlucky what occurred tonight.

“I feel the Premier League has voted in opposition to VAR and it’s upsetting. It destroys me as a result of we had been in entrance of the remainder of the world, and now we wish to be behind.”

Requested whether or not it has sunk in that he will likely be leaving Arsenal, Wenger added: “Sure, slowly, the final three or 4 weeks have been step-by-step so you could have time to regulate. I realise it now.

“It was very good to listen to applause from each units of followers and I’m very grateful for that.”

The consequence ended Leicester’s five-game winless run within the Premier League and eased the stress on under-fire boss Claude Puel.

The Frenchman wouldn’t be drawn on his future after the sport, as a substitute preferring to deal with the positives of his aspect’s efficiency.

He stated: “Firstly the efficiency was essential as we speak as a result of we needed to make amends after the final recreation.

“We confirmed the distinction when we’ve want and conviction in our play. It was essential for our final recreation at house to provide our followers a very good reward for his or her help all season.”

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