​Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has slammed the decision not to adopt the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the Premier League next season, terming it as a 'bad decision', after seeing ​his side go down to Newcastle United yesterday.


The Gunners fell to yet another away defeat in the Premier League after goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette's opener. Arsenal were unlucky not have been awarded a penalty in the first half after a handball by Jamaal Lascelles.




The Premier League clubs voted against VAR being used in the league next season and that is a decision that Wenger does not agree with, claiming that not using VAR will lead to the Premier League falling behind other European leagues.


As reported by ​ESPN, the Frenchman said, "The referee is the referee. What you want is to help the referees. Unfortunately the Premier League has again decided not to go for VAR and personally I believe that is a very, very bad decision. The Premier League has been created with people who had a progressive mind and wanted to be in front of the rest in Europe. It worked."



"Overall I believe that with that decision [to not use VAR] we are behind the rest in the world and that every big game this season has been decided by mistakes that could have been avoided with VAR, especially in the Champions League with Manchester City and Liverpool."


He added, "The young generation is used to [VAR] and worldwide they might move away from us because they see that in other countries they do it."


While the VAR has been used in domestic cup competitions to moderate success, it is unlikely to be used in the Premier League in the near future. While many have termed it as a revelation, there remains a ​few who are unconvinced by the VAR's effects on the game.