Premier League

How Would the Premier League's 2020-21 Table Look Without VAR?

Manchester City were crowed Premier League champions 20/21
Manchester City were crowed Premier League champions 20/21 / Michael Regan/Getty Images

VAR continues to divide the football community, despite being used two seasons in a row, and the 2020-21 season was no exception. The technology caused controversy through a plethora of disallowed goals and penalty decisions throughout the season.

The Sun have put together a table of what the final Premier League standings would have been, if VAR had not been used, and Arsenal, who finished outside of the European places for the first time since 1994/95 would have in fact finished in the top four.

According to the table, Mikel Arteta's side would have finished above Chelsea, Leicester, and Tottenham, as compared to the spot they actually ended up in. West Ham would have finished four points worse, dropping down to eighth, and missing out on the Europa League.

Manchester City still win the Premier League, but Manchester United and Liverpool swap places, with Jurgen Klopp's Reds getting the better over their old rivals, who had 11 VAR decisions go in their favour, compared to eight against.

Over the course of the season, 123 decisions were changed - including 42 goals disallowed, 29 penalties awarded, 17 red cards given, and 22 spot-kicks renounced.