Arteta calls for introduction of VAR in Europa League


Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta was not a happy man on Thursday night despite his side thrashing Molde 4-1 in a Europa League group stage clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta was left frustrated as a goal by Eddie Nketiah was controversially ruled out with television replays indicating that he was onside but, with no Video Assistant Referee (VAR), the assistant referee raised his flag and the goal was chalked off.

The Gunners mentor said that Uefa must review their decision to only introduce the VAR system at the knockout stage of the Europa League.

Unlike in the UEFA Champions League, VAR is not being used in the group stages of the Europa League.

“I don’t think it makes any sense when we have the technology and we all believe it is the right call for everybody to do it,” said Arteta.

“We were complaining with the referee because we were told it was clearly onside, and obviously it’s a situation that can change the game.

“So it’s something they (Uefa) have to look at and, if possible, change it… I don’t understand,” he added.

Arsenal return to Premier League action on Sunday when they host Aston Villa.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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