“Making the Arsenal” – the book of Arsenal’s decline and rebirth
By Ref Reviewer 04
Just as last year we had ref Oliver for the game Arsenal – WBA at the Emirates. Last year a top score despite Arsenal losing. How did he do this season?
|7||OTHER||Thomas||Jenkinson||C||Kick on the foot||1||1|
|8||YELLOW||Morrison||Gervinho||C||A cynical foul and no chance of playing the ball. Should have been a yellow card||1||1|
|12||OTHER||Gera||Ramsey||C||Got the ball but also the ankle of Ramsey||1||1|
|13||OTHER||Ref stops play||C||After heading the ball away Olson fell with his face on to the studs of Vermaelen and was bleeding in his face||1||1|
|18||OTHER||wba||Ramsey||C||Push but advantage given||1||1|
|22||GOAL||Arsenal||C||Walcott was level when Ramsey played the ball to him correct goal||1||3|
|25||PENALTY||Jones||Arteta||C||It was an obstruction so if anything should have been an indirect free kick||1||3|
|27||OFFSIDE||Arsenal||NC||Gervinho was level||0||0|
|28||OTHER||WBA||Szczesny||C||Foul on the keeper but the got the ball – advantage given||1||1|
|32||OTHER||Vermaelen||Cox||NC||No trip, no push, nothing wrong||0||0|
|33||YELLOW||Cox||C||Cox tried to stop Santos from taking the free kick and tried a little kick after the whistle. Ref tells them to stop because Santos was unhappy about it but should have given him a yellow card||0||0|
|34||PENALTY||Olson||Gervinho||C||Slight contact nothing really wrong||1||3|
|36||PENALTY||Koscielny||Thomas||NC||Blocked the striker and brought him down. For my feeling should have been a penalty. Ref Oliver seems determined to not go for the big decisions||0||0|
|44||OTHER||Jenkinson||Thomas||C||Came in from behind and didn’t get the ball||1||1|
|46||OTHER||Vermaelen||Gera||C||Push in the back||1||1|
|58||OTHER||Jenkinson||Thomas||C||Came in the back of the player||1||1|
|63||YELLOW||Cox||NC||Cox argues against the assistant who gave the foul. A good ref takes care that the players don’t protest their decisions||0||0|
|88||OTHER||WBA?||Benayoun||NC||Trip in defensive territory advantage given. Possession is not the same as advantage||0||0|
|92||OTHER||Song||Thorne||C||Clipped his foot||1||1|
|2nd half score|
|Correct calls||For Home||22||61,11%|
|Total correct calls||36|
|Wrong calls||Against Home||5||83,33%|
Well another good performance from this ref in the same game as he did last season.
He didn’t want to be involved in anything that could be described as a soft penalty. I felt the strongest case for a penalty went against WBA. And incidentally this was the only wrong call he made against WBA during the game. I think that if he had put the ball on the spot for Arsenal earlier then he maybe would have given WBA also a penalty. Being consistent in not giving soft penalties for both teams can be applauded in a way.
For the rest I thought it was a very fair game, without yellow cards but he should have given at least one and maybe two. But at the end of the day the players behaved themselves very well but you never know this after 10 minutes in the game.
But over all a very good performance from the ref with not much wrong calls in this game.