Arsenal’s League Cup clash against Brentford will be one of six to utilise VAR, as English officials continue to trial the system.
The six ties set to use the system all involve Premier League sides. Officials at Manchester United vs Derby and Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Leicester City will use it on Tuesday 25th, as well as Arsenal vs Brentford, West Ham vs Macclesfield Town and Liverpool vs Chelsea on Wednesday 26th.
Everton vs Southampton will also get the benefits of VAR officiating, but that game has been postponed to October 2nd due to a fixture clash.
After the success of VAR at the World Cup, it’s a shame these cup matches are the only ones we’ll see it in. The Premier League have continually delayed VAR’s implementation, whilst every other top league around Europe brings it in.
As a result, we have to suffer the offside goals and unnoticed blatant red cards for another season.
Hopefully one day the English game will catch up with the rest of Europe in officiating terms. For now, it’s good to know we’ll at least have VAR for them to fall back on against Brentford, if necessary.