Arsenal left playing catch-up in Champions League as Jonas Eidevall fumes at VAR ‘errors’

 (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
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Jonas Eidevall was left feeling "angry" at VAR decisions and the lack of goal-line technology, as Arsenal were last night beaten by Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Arsenal had two penalty shouts, as well as two shots cleared off the line — and Eidevall criticised the quality of VAR decisions and the policy that leaves home teams to decide whether goal-line technology is used in the tie.

"Part of me is proud, because I think the performance was really strong," Eidevall began. "Part of me is angry, because VAR was not working. It must have been someone not looking at the pictures, because it's clear penalty situations — two of them. That's unacceptable."

Asked whether the referees had explained their decisions not to award Arsenal a penalty, Eidevall said wryly: "That's not really how communication with officials works.

"You could wish it could work like that. When we look at this competition and we're thinking about taking the next step for it, it highlights a couple of issues.

"One, VAR is only introduced in the quarter-finals. I don't know if that VAR has ever used the technology before. Secondly, goal-line technology is something you can use at that stage of the competition, just like the group stage, but it's not compulsory.

"Goal-line technology was not in use because Bayern chose not to pay for it. At the Emirates next week, Arsenal choose to pay for it, because it's right for a fair competition.

"It's very weird that you play at a level in the competition and all of a sudden it comes down to whether the host club funds technology."