Monday night’s game between Arsenal and Liverpool ended 0-0, but Aaron Ramsey did have the net bulging early in the first half.
The Welshman wheeled away after slotting the ball past Simon Mignolet, only to have his celebrations cut short by the offside flag. When Santi Cazorla played the brilliantly timed and weighted pass, Ramsey was quite clearly being played onside by Martin Skrtel.
The game frustratingly ended 0-0 and Arsenal have picked up just one point from the opening two home games of the season, failing to score in the process.
Following the game, Ramsey has said he – along with many other professionals – is in favour of the use of technology being introduced for offside decisions.
“Of course. At the end of the day we should have been 1-0 up,” said the Welshman. “To look at a video for 20 seconds would have changed maybe the outcome of the game.”
We use goal-line technology in football now, so why not sue replays on offside decisions? Other sports are utilising the technology available far more than football, and Ramsey pointed to rugby’s use of video replays.
“I think we could take a leaf out of rugby,” said the midfielder, who is a keen rugby fan too. “They do it really well. You see it on the screens, they go off for 20 seconds and they get the decision right in the end. I think football can learn something from that.”
Ramsey’s run was angled and timed well, but to no avail. He accepts that the linesman has a tough job but it must be incredibly frustrating.
“I thought I held my run a bit, I thought I was onside but I obviously took a glance over to make sure and saw the flag was up. The replays suggest I was onside. It should have stood but obviously the linesman thought it was offside. Those things happen.”
The result may not have gone Arsenal’s way, but we’ll never know. It’s just irritating that football matches can so often be influenced by wrong decisions, especially when the technology is available to do something about it.