By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes British linesmen are the best in the businesss.

The role of referees’ assistants is a hot topic this week following Arsenal’s controversial second goal at Newcastle in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night.

Theo Walcott ran from an onside position to score at St. James’ Park but Newcastle were dismayed that Nicklas Bendtner was not penalised as he ran back from an offside position.

The linesman did not flag because Bendtner was not deemed to be ‘in active play’ – a relatively new concept that saw the offside rule updated in 2005.

Some have called for a return to the basic interpretation of offside but Wenger believes linesmen can be trusted to make the right call.

“It [the old rule] was easier for the referee certainly,” said Wenger.

“But I must say to their credit that the linesmen have improved tremendously in England to judge the offside decisions.

“I see many games in Europe and I think they get it right in England more than anywhere else.”

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29 Oct 2010