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Arsenal's Wenger welcomes VAR despite penalty row

Arsenal's Wenger welcomes VAR despite penalty row

"In the second half, the doctor went onto the pitch twice and the referee stopped for VAR, so you have to give more minutes of extra time".

The Italian became animated when Danny Welbeck appeared to take down Cesc Fabregas inside the box near the end of Chelsea's 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday night. "It is right, in this way for sure the mistakes are less".

"I'm positive [on VAR] because when there is a big doubt it's right to check the decision".

"There was only two opportunities for them to intervene".

"If you look at the (Welbeck/Fabregas) situation it was quite a complex one. The second was a bit odd, the ball went out for the corner and then they went back to the penalty", Wenger said. "When you can not intervene straight away, it's frustrating".

Arsenal's Wenger welcomes VAR despite penalty row
Arsenal's Wenger welcomes VAR despite penalty row

It was in effect on Monday for the first time in an English club match, when Brighton beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup third round, but it wasn't called on then. It was not used in Tuesday's first League Cup semi-final at Manchester City for consistency, because second-tier Bristol City do not have the necessary set-up to install the VAR for the second leg.

Referees boss Mike Riley said there could be a change to the official's "finger to ear" signal for VAR.

"We're talking around that, reviewing both games this week and coming up with some ideas for next week to make that more effective".

"That (1min 25sec) is a little bit longer than we have done in training", he added. "It typically takes the VAR around 30 to 40 seconds to look at something".

"It's down to the manager, he picks the team and what tactics we use going into each game", Welbeck, who also started the earlier 0-0, added. "We were a big supporter of VAR being embraced in football after years of it being challenged by Sepp Blatter and FIFA".

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