By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is happy with the current offside law but he admits that it can give strikers an unfair advantage.

Nicklas Bendtner's involvement in Theo Walcott's first goal at Newcastle led to questions being asked, with the home side left fuming because Bendtner had ran back from an offside position and collided with defender Mike Williamson as he tried to catch Walcott.

Wenger believes the officials at St. James' Park made the right call but he accepts that the interpretation of whether a player is deemed ‘active' during different phases of an attack can cause problems.

For example a striker who is yards offside when a forward pass is made to his team-mate can get back onside before he receives a goalscoring opportunity.

"The rule is that you judge the situation when the ball is played," explained Wenger. "That means ‘phase two' becomes ‘phase one' because you judge again when the ball is played so ‘phase two' does basically not exist.

"That is why sometimes you can feel that a guy takes advantage of his offside position.

"I am quite happy with it [the current rule]. The only thing sometimes I am not happy with is that if a guy who is central is ten yards offside and he scores a goal after a first-time pass from the wing you should maybe consider that is a bit unfair.

"We don't use that tactic deliberately," Wenger went on. "Thierry Henry was a specialist on that - he used his intelligence a lot to take advantage of it and push the central defenders deep."

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29 Oct 2010