So there is a league table going around of “results without VAR”.
Some Arsenal fans have got angry about it as “Arsenal would be 4th without VAR”. But you should all ignore the table. It is pointless.
VAR was created to get “more decisions right”, so the most basic argument is that the “results without VAR” is also what the table would look like “if referee errors were not over turned”.
It is also not clear on what constituents a VAR decision.
For example take offside.
Linesmen are now encouraged to keep their flag down.
Say a goal is scored and the lino has kept the flag down, it goes to VAR who disallow it, that league table when they add that to the “goal chalked off by VAR” column.
Yet without VAR, the linesman probably would have raised his flag.
So VAR has not changed the decision, just changed the way the decision has been made.
And let’s say a player was a meter offside and scores. VAR then rules it out. Surely it is better to get the right decision right regardless of how they come to it?
Then we have the Harry Kane incident last weekend.
The goal was not “given by VAR” but was given by the referee. VAR then asked the referee to have a look at it.
So where does that fit in on the table? Without VAR, the goal stands. With VAR, the goal still stood.
That David Luiz decision against Wolves was a similar situation – it was not a decision made by VAR but a decision made by the referee.
Without VAR, Spurs still score that goal and Luiz is still sent off.
And a football match is 90 minutes. How much did the VAR decision impact the game?
Arsenal v Leicester earlier in the season. Arsenal score a goal through Lacazette (I think?), disallowed by VAR for offside. If memory serves me correct, it was the 4th minute.
So how does this become interpreted on the table?
Do Arsenal get “given” the 3 points as it was 0-0 at the time? Is it 1 point each as the late Leicester goal would have been the equaliser? With 86-ish minutes to play, we can not say that that VAR decision is why Arsenal lost rather than won.
VAR has its issues. But a “league table without VAR decisions” is even more flawed than VAR itself.
Ignore it. Do not allow yourself to get wound up by it. Move on.