Today’s referee is Andre Marriner –
|MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Andre Marriner (2012-04-16)|
|3||OTHER||RVP||Di Santo||C||RVP could have been cautioned here, it was late||1|
|6||GOAL||Di Santo||C||Hurt as much second and third time around||3|
|15||OTHER||Vermaelen||Wigan||N/C||Ref misses as Verminator gives a little push as he goes for an attacking header||1|
|20||GOAL||Vermaelen||C||Great work by Rosicky||3|
|30||OTHER||Di santo||Ramsey||N/C||ref was right there but missed a little trip on the heel||1|
|32||YELLOW||Sagna||C||An easy yellow||2|
|37||OTHER||Song||J Gomez||N/C||Nothing wrong with this challenge||1|
|39||OTHER||Djourou||C||Handball, may have been generous, but the ref was entitiled to give it||1|
|45||OTHER||Wigan||Djourou||N/C||He came over the top of JD, not allowing him to jump||1|
|45||OTHER||Song||Di Santo||N/C||Song was again harshly treated, should have been a foul to JD||1|
|46||OTHER||Vermaelen||Wigan||N/C||Came from behind, he did not get the ball||1|
|46||OTHER||Figueroa||Benayoun||N/C||A nudge on the edge of the box as the ball is in air||1|
|51||OTHER||Benayoun||Boyce||N/C||A shove on the line but Ref is unsighted||1|
|51||OTHER||Di Santo||Walcott||C||Going with Ref but I cant see anything||1|
|58||OTHER||N/C||Ref allows Wigan to steal 18 yards at a throw in, they nearly score after some awful defending from Santos and JD||1|
|65||OTHER||Di Santo||C||Handball, assumed correct||1|
|67||OTHER||Song||Figarola||C||Just, only just||1|
|69||OTHER||Djourou||Wigan||N/C||Clattered him from a corner when he timed run wrong||1|
|71||YELLOW||Song||C||Ref was entitled to caution, but I feel it is harsh||2|
|77||OTHER||Chamberlain||Salmon||N/C||Nothing in it, if anything Salmon had fouled Chambo 2 seconds earlier||1|
|84||OTHER||Figueroa||Walcott||N/C||Theo had been waiting for some grass in front of him, and he was taken out with no contact on the ball, clear foul||1|
|84||YELLOW||Figueroa||N/C||Should have been a yellow, Theo was away||2|
|87||OTHER||Song||Salmon||C||Salmon had overun the ball, it ran through to Sagna, But Song caught Salmon||1|
|88||OTHER||Figueroa||Ramsey||N/C||He gives him a shove as he delivers ball into box||1|
|90||OTHER||Rosicky||Figarola||N/C||Rosicky got his body across, he did not foul him||1|
|91||YELLOW||Al Habsi||C||Ref remembers the laws on delaying the restart||4|
Arsenal were stitched up by a Referee against Wigan, but it was not Andre Marriner, It was Michael Jones at Stamford Bridge. The poor display by the official In the Chelsea V Wigan game resulted in a public announcement that Mike Riley had called Roberto Martinez personally to apologise. Only one thing could happen subsequently, the next time Wigan played a big club, every effort would be made to show that there is no bias against the smaller clubs. Well Andre Marriner was certainly in a generous mood to Wigan. He reffereed the game in a manner that, whenever it was possible, gave them the benefit of the doubt. He allowed Wigan to take their time as and when they wanted to, he allowed them take a minute over substitutions, and delay the restart at goal kicks and free kicks, at the same time he insisted Arsenal were not allowed to take quick free kicks. It was frustrating for the spectators, and the watching Gooner TV public. But those from other clubs would just have been impressed by the Wigan work rate and professionalism.
The match had few contentious moments, what Marriner awarded to Wigan on the whole was a matter of interpretation, he will say he added time on for delaying the restart, and that he did caution Al Habsi for the same, although he waited until the game was effectively over to do it, that alone renders the caution wothless and tokenist, and the time taken to issue the caution is simply MORE TIME LOST!!!! Marriner was like I said prepared to show them leniency, after all the laws do not state how long it should take to take a goal kick, or a free kick, or how far a ball must be kicked away from the incident before it is actually kicked away, these are all at the discretion of the Ref . In the 84th minute that leniency took a sinister twist. Theo had a difficult night against a team allowing him no space to run in behind, and in truth his first touch all night had not been great. He was the right side of Figueroa, and was at last looking at grass, he had been waiting all night for this moment. Right in front of the assistant he was charged out. It was just outside of the box, and there was a covering defender. It was certainly a foul and a yellow card. But not on this night, so we then consider the instructions to the assistants, had Marriner told them before the game, I will do the fouls?? That too is his prerogative.
Arsenal took an average of 18 seconds to take a goal kick, Wigan 33 seconds for the 12 goal kicks they had, that is a total of 6.5 minutes for Wigan goal kicks! Arsenal took an average 20 seconds to take a corner, Wigan 30. Did the Ref add enough time to compensate that, and the other time wasting by Wigan? He will argue that 3 in the first half and 5 in the second was sufficient. Gooners will scream otherwise.
I was at the game, we were far from at our best, and the injury to Arteta hit us harder than we would all have liked. But I said to my mate, as he screamed at Al Habsi for the umpteenth time, “if you don’t want Wigan to take their time, score first, don’t give them anything to defend”. We can argue all we want about the clock, and the Referees leniency, but Wigan are fighting for their lives, they played with passion, organisation and professionalism. Circumstances also fell their way in this game, and they took advantage. I have to say, Well done Latics, and Roberto Martinez, I hope to see you next season.
|COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Andre Marriner (2012-04-16)|
|Period 1||Called||Total||Correct %|
|Period 2||Called||Total||Correct %|
A score just acceptable for the whole game.
|BIAS SUMMARY – Andre Marriner (2012-04-16)|
|Period 1||Arsenal||%||Wigan Athletic||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||10||43.48||13||56.52||23|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||4||66.67||2||33.33||6|
|Period 2||Arsenal||%||Wigan Athletic||%||Total|
|Correct For Weighted||19||67.86||9||32.14||28|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||9||90.00||1||10.00||10|
|Correct For Weighted||29||56.86||22||43.14||51|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||13||81.25||3||18.75||16|
Still no sign to be seen about things starting to even out for Arsenal. Again the wrong calls favoured the other team.