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How The Final Premier League Table Would Look If VAR Wasn't Used

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Manchester City would have still won the league and amassed a near-identical points tally, but Manchester United and Liverpool would have swapped places.

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.

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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.

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Here is the table in full:

Position Team P W D L F A Pts Pts change
1. Man City 38 27 4 7 83 32 85 -1
2. Liverpool 38 22 6 10 76 45 72 +3
3. Man Utd 38 20 11 7 73 46 71 -3
4. Arsenal 38 19 8 11 60 40 65 +4
5. Chelsea 38 18 11 9 59 39 65 -2
6. Leicester 38 19 8 11 68 51 65 -1
7. Spurs 38 17 10 11 70 45 61 -1
8. West Ham 38 17 11 10 61 49 61 -4
9. Leeds 38 18 5 15 62 55 59 =
10. Aston Villa 38 16 9 13 60 49 57 +2
11. Everton 38 15 9 14 47 51 54 -5
12. Newcastle 38 13 7 18 45 59 47 +2
13. Brighton 38 9 17 12 41 46 45 -1
14. Wolves 38 11 12 15 40 51 44 -1
15. Soton 38 12 7 19 49 70 43 =
16. C Palace 38 11 10 17 41 66 43 -1
17. Burnley 38 10 8 20 33 57 38 -1
18. West Brom 38 5 21 21 36 75 27 +1
19. Fulham 38 5 11 22 28 57 26 -2
20. Sheff Utd 38 6 3 28 18 63 21 -2

Topics: Liverpool, Football, Manchester United, Premier League, Arsenal

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