Wenger’s top three worst calls without VAR

This year’s Confederations Cup has seen the introduction of Video Assistant Referees, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recalls some moments when he would have liked the technology to have been used.

The Frenchman has often advocated the use of technology in refereeing football matches, especially when the Gunners have been on the wrong end of a controversial decision.

Asked by his club’s official website which moments of his long tenure at the club are most deserving of a second opinion, Wenger chose his closest brush with Champions League success in the 2006 final against Barcelona.

“I would choose Barcelona’s equaliser in the 2006 Champions League final because it was offside, and we were 1-0 up with 30 minutes to go,” he told Arsenal Player.

“That’s the trophy I miss here, you know, so that is for me the most important one.”

Another incident against Barca came to mind, specifically the loss of their star striker in their second leg defeat at Camp Nou, after which Barca scored twice to win the tie 4-3 on aggregate.

“The second one I would choose is the second yellow card for Robin van Persie at Barcelona in 2011, because this was the moment we were qualified against a very strong team, and it was a very difficult decision to accept – it basically killed our chances.”

Also of issue to Wenger was Robert Lewandowski’s first goal in last season’s Round of 16 clash with Bayern Munich. The Gunners needed to overturn a 5-1 loss from the first leg, but a crucial decision saw them reduced to 10 men just after halftime in the second leg.

“After that maybe I go to a more recent decision,” he added. “Against Bayern Munich when Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a penalty when Lewandowski was offside. That just comes to my mind now but maybe I forget many, many, many, many more.”