By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger has welcomed the news that goal line technology could be in operation in the Premier League by the start of next season.

Richard Scudamore, the League's chief executive, said last week that the 2012/13 campaign was "a realistic aim" to introduce the much-vaunted aid for match officials now FIFA was "constructively engaged" in the ongoing debate.

Wenger has long been an advocate of goal line technology and believes it will be a force for good in the game.

"You want it so you have a better chance to make the right decisions," said the Arsenal manager.

"You know it could be a help for the referees. The more help they get, the more decisions they get right. If out of 100 decisions they get 95 right instead of 85, you have to use technology.

"To reduce the number of mistakes as much as possible, I’m happy you can use it. And I would like to use it for more than goal line [incidents], but it’s a first step."

Wenger and his Arsenal squad will be back on home soil this weekend when the 2011 Emirates Cup gets underway but goal line technology will not be used when PSG, Boca Juniors and New York Red Bulls are in town.

"You need permission to use it and we didn’t get permission," explained Wenger.

"I think FIFA do not want to start to have a different set of rules here and there and I can understand that. But the good news is they are open to it and it looks like in the next World Cup we will have it."

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25 Jul 2011