Arsene Wenger is a firm advocate of video technology in football but he believes some ideas are a bit premature.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup replay against Hull at the KC Stadium on Tuesday night, the boss revealed he thought using video technology for decisions such as offsides is brilliant. However, he reckons many ideas would take a great deal more planning.
“I think the next step is to be the offside (which should) be treated like goal-line technology, exactly the same,” Wenger said.
“That’s the easiest step to do. All the other ideas for me are at the moment too premature. But the offside can be treated very well and in a scientific way, and that should be the only next step.”
Wenger’s right because, with offsides, it’s either a yes or no – it’s not down to opinion. However, with certain aspects of the game in which video technology could be introduced, such as red cards and penalties, the material is a little bit more subjective. Of course, there are the odd ‘stone wall’ decisions but mostly these calls are down to the perspective of the referee and his officials.
There is probably a way these decisions can be helped with the aid of video technology but it will take a great deal more planning. As Wenger said, offside decisions are the simplest next step.