Arsène Wenger has dismissed fears that goal-line technology will slow the game down.

The Premier League announced on Thursday that the Hawk-Eye video system will be in place for the start of the 2013/14 campaign.

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 The news has split opinion, but Wenger insists it will not have a negative impact on the natural flow of top-flight matches.

“When a referee speaks to a player for two minutes and says, 'be careful because if you come back and make a bad tackle I’ll be in a position to give you a yellow card' and doesn’t do anything else, you can argue it slows the game down,” he said.

“When a goalkeeper takes a minute over a goal kick, you could argue it slows the game down. I don’t believe [technology] would slow the game down at all if it is done in the right way.

“There are a lot of things to work out because if you look at goal-line technology, it took them two years to get it right. I’m amazed we are resistant on the principle of moving forward for more justice in our sport.


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“If it was to sell more publicity [or] if it was for financial reasons then I don’t agree with it. But if it is to get more decisions right then we all have to fight for it.”

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Rob Kelly 12 Apr 2013