Wenger complains about VAR and Arsenal’s five big injuries

Joe Williams

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger didn’t seem convinced that the video assistant referee (VAR) worked well during his side’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Wednesday.

The two London clubs played out a goalless draw in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge as the Blues missed the best chances of the match.

“I felt there was great togetherness, we didn’t give many chances away,” Wenger told Sky Sports. “I am pleased with the spirit and determination.

“You want first to be solid, ideally you want to score as well. We were close a few times.

On the moments in the match using VAR, first the penalty call involving Victor Moses, Wenger added: “I didn’t see the replay on television. They made that decision so you have to respect it.”

And on the late decision to not reward a penalty when Danny Welbeck got the ball as he brought down Cesc Fabregas, Wenger said: “I felt it took too much time.”

Meanwhile, Wenger – who revealed Jack Wilshere went off in the second half with a sprained ankle – is hoping he can get some of his other injured players back soon.

“At the moment we have five big injuries. The earliest to come back is Aaron Ramsey and that is quite welcome because that is an area where we are quite short at the moment.”