How the Premier League table would look for Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs without VAR this season

VAR was once again in the headlines over the weekend after a number of controversial decisions.

Tottenham Hotspur were the grateful recipients of a margin offside call as Teemu Pukki’s strike to put Norwich City 2-0 up was deemed offside by the finest of margins.

There were also tight calls that saw a goal chalked off for Brighton against Bournemouth and Sheffield United, who were denied taking the lead away at Manchester City.

As a result, there has been a flurry of criticism, with supporters and media pundits alike demanding for the IFAB to adapt the laws of offside.

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Whilst there will be no changes this season, VAR’s painful introduction to the Premier League this term should give supporters hope that there will be some adaptations to the technology introduced next season.

Without VAR, the Premier League table would look a lot different this season for all of London’s clubs.

The Times have created a new-look Premier League table, calculating how the standings would look if VAR had not been introduced this season.

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This is based on a table where goals awarded by VAR have been removed from each club’s tally and added for those ruled out by the technology.

Similarly, if a team has scored a penalty that was awarded by VAR, that has been wiped off, as have been missed penalties retaken as a result of a VAR check.

As was the case of the weekend, it’s Tottenham who benefited most from VAR decisions.

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