Arteta calls for VAR to be introduced in the Europa League

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has called for VAR to be introduced to the Europa League. His side beat Molde 4:1 on Thursday night to maintain their 100% start in the competition but the Spaniard was forced to question an awful offside call against Eddie Nketiah.

The Norwegians took the lead in the game against all odds via a long-range effort from Martin Ellingsen before a goal by Nketiah from a Nicolas Pepe cross was chalked off after the assistant raised his flag.

Replays of the incident showed that Nketiah was at least a yard onside. However, due to the absence of VAR, the goal was ruled out.

Arsenal bounced back with goals from Kristoffer Haugen and Sheriff Sinya before Pepe and Willock capped it off with fine finishes.

Regardless, Arteta was not pleased with UEFA’s decision not to have VAR in operation in the group stages of the competition and advised that it should be addressed.

“I don’t understand,” he said.

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“I don’t think it makes any sense when we have the technology and we all believe it is the right call for everybody to do it.

“So I don’t understand and we were complaining with the referee because we were told he was clearly onside and obviously it’s a situation that can clearly change the game.

“So I think it is something they have to look at and if possible change it.”

Meanwhile, Willock was very impressive for the Gunners. The 21-year-old also scored in last week’s Europa win against Dundalk but is yet to feature in the Premier League this season despite impressing Arteta.

“I think he was really strong in his performance,” added Arteta.

“I think the way he is approaching every opportunity shows how mature he is.

“I’m impressed with the way he is communicating as well. I think he is developing the right way, he is a player I really like.

“He has some very special qualities and he deserves every minute that he’s playing and he’s showing it with performances, with goals and his attitude.”