Arsene Wenger denies technology will slow the game down

Arsenal news: Wenger believes the introduction of goal-line technology will not affect the pace of Premier League matches

Alex Batt
Published 04/13/2013 09:34 by Alex Batt, read by 1,143 people.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the introduction of goal-line technology will not have a major impact on the pace of the game and insists it will work well.

It has been announced that a Hawk-Eye system will be brought into the Premier League and will start to be used in the 2013/14 season.

People around the game have been calling for goal-line technology for many years after numerous incidents have occurred that have left clubs and players frustrated at the lack of technology to help out officials.

The last major one occurred at the 2010 World Cup, when a Frank Lampard volley bounced over the line by a few feet, but it was still not given by the officials. The incident left the match-day commentator making a snide comment and the FA and at FIFA about technology claiming they are well against the idea.

It seems now, though, that they have given the go ahead with the idea and although people were asking for it, the decision to now bring it in has caused split opinions and reactions, but Wenger, believes it won't slow down the game and will work fine.

The Frenchman also went on to mention that there are things that happen in today's game that slows the game down - so he believes the addition of technology won't effect the pace and flow at all.

“When a referee speaks to a player for two minutes and says, 'be careful because if you come back and make a bad tackle I’ll be in a position to give you a yellow card' and doesn’t do anything else, you can argue it slows the game down,” the Frenchman told

“When a goalkeeper takes a minute over a goal kick, you could argue it slows the game down. I don’t believe [technology] would slow the game down at all if it is done in the right way.

“There are a lot of things to work out because if you look at goal-line technology, it took them two years to get it right. I’m amazed we are resistant on the principle of moving forward for more justice in our sport.

“If it was to sell more publicity [or] if it was for financial reasons then I don’t agree with it. But if it is to get more decisions right then we all have to fight for it.”


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