How The Final Premier League Table Would Look If VAR Wasn’t Used
The 2020/21 Premier League table would have looked very different if VAR was not used.
The technology was used for the second consecutive season and again caused controversy through a plethora of disallowed goals and penalty decisions from the first game right through to the last.
And The Sun have put together a table going off what results would have been like if there was no VAR. Incredibly, Arsenal would have secured the final Champions League spot in the hypothetical final league table.
The Gunners actually finished eighth, one point behind North London rivals Spurs despite a final day win over Brighton.
For the first time since 1995/96, Arsenal will not partake in European competition next season because of their league position.
But this study has them ahead of Spurs, West Ham and Chelsea – in fourth by a single goal with an increase of four points going off initial on-field calls.
West Ham would have been four points worse off, dropping down to eighth and missing out on the Europa League spot they sealed following a sixth place finish.
Liverpool, who had a league-high 12 calls against them, would have improved their tally by three – while United would have decreased by the same margin.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had 11 VAR decisions go in their favour, compared to eight against.
Elsewhere, Aston Villa would have pipped Everton to 10th spot and though the same three teams would have been relegated, West Brom would have occupied the final relegation spot and finished a point ahead of Fulham.
Over the course of the season, a massive 123 decisions were changed – including 42 goals disallowed, 29 penalties awarded, 17 red cards given and 22 spot-kicks renounced.
Here is the table in full: