Mikel Arteta should attempt to force through some big VAR changes after it was revealed Arsenal would have finished in the Champions League places without it.

That is the view of ex-Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about what needs to change with VAR ahead of next season.

The Sun report Arsenal would have finished fourth if VAR had not overturned any on-field decisions.

Instead, the Gunners finished in eighth, six points outside the top-four, and without European football for 25 years.

“I think Arsenal have been on the end of some poor decisions by VAR, no question,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“In the close season, this is where managers at the Premier League level need to start to get their act together to talk and determine what they want.

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“They might say they can’t influence it but I think they can. I think they will be happier on these decisions if the referees don’t just accept the decisions from Stockley Park but actually go to the monitor. That’s the first thing they should do.

“The simple thing about VAR is that it definitely needs a panel of specialists and I question Lee Mason’s appointment to that role. Then it needs regular training and with it a form of performance analysis.

“What Arsenal may have in addition to that is where VAR hasn’t come in when the referee’s got it wrong. It works both ways.

“With VAR and incorrect decisions, let’s not blame the VAR. The ultimate responsibility is the referee.

“What the table says to me is the referee made these mistakes and this is how it affected Arsenal. In a way, that’s always been the case.

“Decisions don’t even themselves out. I’m a million miles away from that view. A bad decision is a bad decision.”

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