Arsenal coach Unai Emery is adamant his side’s late goal against Crystal Palace should have been allowed to stand as he questioned the referee’s use of VAR.
Defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos appeared to have handed the Gunners all three points on Sunday only for VAR to intervene and rule Arsenal committed a foul in build-up to his strike.
The decision proved a costly one for Emery’s side, who had let a two-goal lead slip and were ultimately forced to settle for a 2-2 draw at the Emirates.
While the Gunners coach remains convinced VAR can have a positive impact on the game, he believes referee Martin Atkinson needed to use the system better to ensure Arsenal’s late goal was allowed to stand.
“I think he needed to watch it again. He needed to do that,” Emery told reporters after the game.
“VAR is positive and it will be better, but only when them and us can manage it better with the rhythm and the decisions. I checked [the goal] in the dressing room after we finished the match.
“VAR is very important, above all for the referees because it’s very important to reduce their mistakes. VAR has come in and we’ve decided to have it for this reason. When the referees use it in the right way, I think it’s going to be amazing because it will reduce the referees’ mistakes.”