Arsene Wenger has called on Premier League refs to use pitchside monitors as they continue to struggle with using VAR.

Arsene Wenegr and Patrick Nelson (Press Eye / IFA)
Arsene Wenegr and Patrick Nelson (Press Eye / IFA)

If the Premier League wanted to implement VAR as poorly as possible, then they have succeeded.

What should be a huge tool to help them eliminate major errors from the game has, instead, been used to make a mockery of the technology and frustrate fans.

Speaking in Belfast at the Grand Central Hotel in his new role as FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development, the former Arsenal manager spoke about concussion, improving player behaviour and tweaks to VAR.

“The referee needs a monitor to check if he was right or wrong,” Wenger said.

Members of the International Football Association Board meeting in Belfast today. Photo: William Cherry (Press Eye / IFA)
Members of the International Football Association Board meeting in Belfast on Tuesday. Photo: William Cherry (Press Eye / IFA)

“For me, that is the most important worry. The referees on the field are there because they have the experience and they are confident. You should give the referee the possibility to do it. Then after to explain the decision on the screen.”

There was also a discussion about allowing referees to speak directly to supporters, as they do in rugby, but that seems unlikely given how reluctant PGMOL are to let their officials speak to anyone about anything.

Wenger also admitted that, should Freddie Ljungberg call him for his help, he would be there for him in a heartbeat.

Previous articleArsene Wenger ‘always happy’ and ‘available’ to help Freddie Ljungberg and Arsenal
Next articleArsenal predicted lineup vs Brighton: Nicolas Pepe back
Writer. Feminist. Dreamer. Gooner. Owner of DailyCannon.com, writing about Arsenal since 2008. Sometimes found in the Guardian, Vice.com & elsewhere talking queer issues, politics & football. If in doubt, assume sarcasm.