Arsene Wenger has echoed a sentiment we’ve all heard many times, with the Frenchman insisting we need to embrace technology and video replays, as reported by BT Sport.
We were punished by the lack of technology in our game last Monday night, with Aaron Ramsey seeing a perfectly legitimate goal ruled out for offside. With the match ending goalless, Ramsey’s strike obviously would have proved the difference maker.
It was a massive blow, as we let our heads drop and the momentum of the game switched in Liverpool’s favour after the decision.
Wenger is right to call for increased technology in the sport, and you’d expect it to be only a matter of time before he gets his wish.
“Do you think we will play football in 50 years without that [technology]? I don’t believe so,” Wenger said.
“I am convinced that it will come in and that the next step will be the offside rule because it is maybe the easiest one to bring in. I believe it will happen on the demand of the referee.
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“The sooner [it is introduced] the better. Tomorrow morning you would have my signature – not because we were punished for that goal against Liverpool – but because you want justice and the right decisions to be made.”
Currently the only video replay technology we use is goal-line, and it’s certainly improved the game. How we haven’t looked to build on that success is a mystery, and something really has to change.
Ramsey’s goal wasn’t the first time this season a decision like this has played a major part, with Liverpool the beneficiaries on both occasions. Bournemouth saw a goal disallowed against Brendan Rodgers’ side the week before, while a goal scored by the Reds’ new signing Christian Benteke was allowed to stand – despite very clearly being offside.
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Goal-line technology was introduced after a number of high profile cases arose – including Frank Lampard’s disallowed World Cup goal in 2010 – but can we really afford to wait until some major controversy forces the FA’s hands?