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Wenger slams Premier League’s VAR decision after Leicester defeat

Arsene Wenger has slammed the Premier League’s decision to abolish the use of VAR after his side’s 3-1 defeat to Leicester City on Wednesday night.

The Frenchman was unimpressed by two decisions from referee Graham Scott on the night – one’s he believed could have been put right and ultimately changed the outcome of the game had VAR been in use.

Youngster Konstantinos Mavropanos was sent off after just 17 minutes for hauling down Kelechi Inheancho as the last man.

And late into the second half with the scores at 1-1, the home side were awarded a penalty after an alleged trip on Demarai Gray – with Jamie Vardy lashing home the spot-kick to give the Foxes the lead.

Riyad Mahrez then added a late third to complete the victory for Claude Puel’s side.

The defeat for Arsenal continues their dismal run of not yet winning away from home this calendar year, however Wenger believes things could have been very different should VAR have been in play on the night.

“I’m convinced what changed the game was the penalty,” he said.

“I have complaints about the red card as well but I think we dealt well with the situation. I would like to praise the team for the spirit they showed tonight.

“There is always a reason for the defeat, but if you isolate each game, it is unfortunate what happened tonight.

“I think the Premier League has voted against VAR and it is upsetting. It destroys me because we were in front of the rest of the world, and now we want to be behind.”

Wenger of course will not in charge next season at Arsenal, regardless of what technology may be in play in the Premier League.

And with only one game left to play as boss, the Frenchman says the realisation that he is leaving North London after 22-years is now starting to set in.

“Slowly, the last three or four weeks have been step-by-step so you have time to adjust. I realise it now,” said Wenger.

“It was very nice to hear applause from both sets of fans and I’m very grateful for that.”

 

 

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