Mikel Arteta says he still supports the use of VAR and believes the way it is implemented will improve in time despite its obvious teething problems this season.
The way VAR has been used to rule on handball, offside decisions, penalty calls and fouls in the build-up to goals has regularly provoked debate since the technology was introduced by the Premier League in August.
That supporters in the stadium have often been left in the dark about consultations between on-field officials and those in Stockley Park has also caused frustration.
Indeed, a small number of Crystal Palace fans held up a banner that read ‘Killing the Passion. Killing the Atmosphere. Killing the Game. End VAR Now’ during today’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
Somewhat ironically, their side went on to benefit from its use when a yellow card for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was upgraded to a red after his bad tackle on Max Meyer was reviewed.
Asked about the situation, Arteta said: “I think it will get to the point that we all want.
“It’s still a process where it’s true that sometimes it breaks everything up, but for the big decisions it’s important to have it.
“It’s in place at the moment, we have to respect the decisions and then hopefully it will make more positive than negative decisions.”
Arteta was also quick to admit that Aubameyang’s tackle on Meyer was deserving of a sending off.
“I just watched it and it looked nasty, to be fair,” he said. “Knowing Auba, there’s no intention to make such a tackle. Hopefully he hasn’t been injured and we are sorry for that. The decision was made and we have to accept it. ”
We’ll now be without our top scorer for three games; a huge potential problem for a team that has so heavily relied on the Gabon international to hit the back of the net this term.