VAR becomes main talking point after north London derby draw

VAR becomes main talking point after north London derby draw

VAR becomes main talking point after north London derby draw

On the day that the International Football Association Board made changes to the laws of the game, Arsenal head coach Unai Emery said he can not wait for introduction of the video assistant referee (VAR) next season after his side were on the wrong end of decisions in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham at Wembley.

Gary Lineker took to social media to poke fun at Arsenal after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a late penalty in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday.

Both penalty decisions were soft, with Kane appearing offside, while Emery's side finished with 10 men after Lucas Torreira was shown a straight red in stoppage time for a foul on Danny Rose.

After Aaron Ramsey had given Arsenal a 16th-minute lead against their North London rivals, Tottenham equalised through a 74th-minute penalty from Harry Kane when the England forward was fouled in the area by Shkodran Mustafi.

Emery praised the performance of referee Anthony Taylor and his officials but believes next season's introduction of Video Assistant Referee in the Premier League will assist in the decision-making process.

"I think VAR is coming to help the referees", he told his post-match press conference.

"But of course I am so happy with the character, the personality and the way that in the end we played".

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Overall, Emery felt his side had done enough to win the game and had played well together. It was tough because to concede after 15 minutes was tough for us.

"We created chances, scored and could have won, they created chances and our goalkeeper saved. We played today with a big collective spirit".

"It's very hard for them to watch in the moment one action like that".

"I follow different leagues like France or Spain and the same problems happen, situations that are hard for the referees to handle and manage".

"Football never was fair and it never will be". But of course in the way that we are going to use the VAR is going to be key.

Arsenal, meanwhile, will drop to fifth place should Manchester United beat Southampton on Saturday, while they have still not kept an away clean sheet all season and have won just once on the road since November 25.

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