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We Would Have Won UCL In 2006; If VAR existed – Arsene Wenger

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We Would Have Won UCL In 2006; If VAR existed - Arsene Wenger

Former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger believes that the VAR would have changed Arsenal’s fortunes because it would have cancelled Samuel Eto’o’s 2006 UEFA Champions League equalizer.

FC Barcelona scored twice in the last 14 to defeat Arsenal 2-1 and it seems like Eto’o’s equalizer still haunts Wenger to this point.

Former Celtic striker, Henrik Larsson delivered an inch-perfect pass to Samuel Eto’o who found the back of the net.

However, replays showed that Eto’o was in front of Kolo Toure when the pass was made. The failure of the linesmen to pick up the incident still pains Wenger; who is keen to return to football management.

When quizzed on the game he wishes to have VAR used on, Wenger said; 

“It is the final of the 2006 Champions League because I think Eto’o’s equaliser was offside.

“That would have changed the history of Arsenal football club.”

The pain of missing out on club football’s greatest prize because of a wrong decision was clear on the Frenchman at the time.

In the aftermath of the game, he said: “It’s difficult to accept losing a game anyway but worse when you have to accept losing it on a wrong decision.

“The equaliser was offside and it was proven on television. We have to do something about it. It is my biggest regret.

“To play 11 against 10 and be on top in that situation, but then to concede an offside goal, is difficult to accept.”


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