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Newcastle United's Matt Ritchie celebrates scoring their second goal as Arsenal's Nacho Monreal reacts. Reuters Photo

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger has said the Premier League’s decision to delay the implementation of the video assistant referee system (VAR) means the English top flight is being left behind.

The 20 top-flight teams voted against introducing the system for the league’s 2018-19 season after trial runs in the cup competitions received mixed reviews.

“The Premier League has been created with people who had a progressive mind... ,” Wenger told reporters after Arsenal’s 2-1 league defeat by Newcastle United on Sunday. “Overall, I believe that with that decision we are behind the rest of the world.


Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on April 15, 2018. AFP Photo

“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.

“Unfortunately the Premier League has again decided not to go for VAR and personally I believe that is a very, very bad decision,” Wenger added.

“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.”

Arsenal host West Ham United on Sunday.

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