Arsene Wenger is planning to revolutionise the offside rule to avoid VAR chaos


One of the few things football fans can agree on is that something needs to be done about VAR. 

In the Premier League alone, we've seen countless errors and contentious calls so far this season. 

For a system that's supposed to eradicate errors, it's simply not good enough. 

That's without taking into account the impact the technology on supporters' enjoyment of watching the game. 

Enter Arsene Wenger, now in his role with FIFA as head of football development, who may have come up with a radical solution. 

As reported in The Sun, the former Arsenal boss is planning to completely revolutionise the offside rule in order to stop such marginal offside decisions. 

We've been seeing players like Roberto Firmino, Raheem Sterling, and Harry Kane to name but three high-profile incidents, penalised for having as much as an armpit offside.

Under the new law, a player would be ONSIDE if any part of their body that can score a goal is behind the last defender - even if another is offside. 

That means, for example, that in the most recent episode of Premier League controversy - Olivier Giroud's disallowed goal for Chelsea vs Manchester United on Monday night - the Frenchman would have been onside. 


"You will be not offside if any part of the body that can score a goal is in line with the last defender, even if other parts of the attacker’s body are in front," Wenger explained.

“That will sort it out and you will no longer have decisions about millimetres and a fraction of the attacker being in front of the defensive line.”

This could represent a promising solution. It won't encourage goal-hanging and defenders will still be able to play an offside trap. 

In making the rule less 'petty' we should, in theory, see more goals. 

On the other hand, there could still be decisions made by a millimetre or two, but on the basis of whether a body part was the right side of the defender. 

VAR was always going to have some teething issues but on one of its major issues, Wenger may have found a way to finally get more fans, and clubs, on board - even if it can never be totally perfected. 

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