Arsene Wenger: VAR must be introduced


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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists VAR must be introduced into the Premier League after his side were on the receiving end of a controversial decision during their 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday.

The Gunners appeared to be on course to claim all three points from the clash at The Hawthorns after Alexis Sanchez’ deflected free-kick gave them the lead with seven minutes remaining.

However, the North Londoners were denied all three points when referee Mike Dean awarded a controversial penalty in the last minute of the contest after he adjudged Calum Chambers deliberately handled the ball in the penalty area.

Jay Rodriguez converted the subsequent spot-kick to seal a valuable point for the struggling Baggies, but the result and decision left Wenger fuming and he has now called for VAR to be introduced into the English game.

“What can we do? We can talk and talk but it doesn’t change,” Wenger told Sky Sports.

“The Premier League doesn’t face the problem, not with the schedule and not with the referees.

Years ago, the referees turned professional but the level doesn’t go up.

“I think it (VAR) will make a difference. We want to be the best league in the world so it is time to use it. Other leagues do.”

The result leaves Arsenal fifth in the Premier League standings and they will be looking to return to winning ways when they play host to Chelsea on Wednesday.

The Gunners are priced at 2.75 to win that match, while Chelsea are available at 2.60 and the draw is on offer at 3.40.

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