Arsenal have been denied the chance by FIFA to use goal line technology in this weekend’s Emirates Cup.
Arsene Wenger has long been an advocate of using technology in the game but, with FIFA unwilling to consider the possibility before the organisation has had a chance to take some kind of kickback from the company who manufactures the equipment, the request was turned down.
Speaking to Arsenal.com the ever diplomatic Frenchman said, “You need permission to use it and we didn’t get permission. I think FIFA do not want to start to have a different set of rules here and there and I can understand that. But the good news is they are open to it and it looks like in the next World Cup we will have it.”
And on the technology himself, Wenger re-stated his desire to see it introduced. “You know it could be a help for the referees. The more help they get, the more decisions they get right. If out of 100 decisions they get 95 right instead of 85, you have to use technology.
“To reduce the number of mistakes as much as possible, I’m happy you can use it”.
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott is a doubt for this weekend’s tournament after picking up an ankle injury on the club’s German training camp. He has returned to England for further assessment.
The rest of the squad return tomorrow.