Arsenal v Stoke 12 September 2015 – The Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
Before I start on the referee review for Saturday, here is a return for the Referee’s Table of Shame which I introduced last year. Regular readers will be aware that we publish a full review of the referee’s performance after each game. Here are links to all four so far this season :-
|ARSENAL vs. WEST HAM UNITED ref review|
|The most detailed Referee Reviews in the history of football: Crystal Palace – Arsenal|
|Ref Review: Arsenal – Liverpool|
|Ref Review : Newcastle – Arsenal|
From these reviews I extract all of the wrong Important Decisions (Second yellow cards, Red Cards, Penalties and Goals) into a table with those favouring Arsenal in one column and against in a second. For fun I also include a points cost figure indicating how I perceive the decisions may have hurt (or benefitted) Arsenal.
Table of Shame
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||4|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||3|
In the four games played we are averaging 2.5 wrong Important Decision per game, less than last year but significant nevertheless. On top form these decisions don’t affect us too much but they make a big difference when we are not at the top of our game. The points cost is made up of 1 from the West Ham game, where 2 West Ham players should have been sent off and their first goal was directly as a result of an incorrectly awarded free kick and 2 points from the Liverpool game where we had a perfectly good goal ruled out for offside and weren’t awarded a penalty.
On to Saturday and the visit from Stoke
- Referee – Jonathan Moss
- Assistant Referees – H Lennard and A Holmes
- Fourth Official – J Linnington
Mr Moss is well known to us, his most recent games being last year’s Cup Final and at the Emirates Cup.
2014-14 We had him twice in the league last season, both times at the Emirates
In the overall table of referee results from last year taking the total number of decisions made (without ant allowance for importance) Mr Moss came second out of 14 so pretty good overall but do the unweighted numbers hide the truth?
|Referee||Correct total||Wrong total|
|The Untold Referee review: Arsenal – Crystal Palace|
81% Overall performance (weighted), bias against both teams 100/0 so every bad decision in favour of Palace with Chamach seemingly allowed to do anything he wanted. There were 3 wrong Important Decisions – Chamach should have been dismissed in Min 64 for persistent fouling and we should have had 2 penalties (Min8 Ramsey pushed and Min72 when Hangerland pulled Giroud down by the neck.
|REF REVIEW Arsenal – Stoke|
72% Overall performance (weighted), bias 90/10. 2 wrong Important Decisions – Min10 Arnautovic should have had a straight red card for the cowardly push on Debuchy which caused him to miss 3 months of the season (it wasn’t even called a foul) and in Min 42 Crouch should have had a second yellow card for a studs up challenge on Mertesacker (his first should have come in Min 35 for an elbow on Monreal).
So yes, his raw numbers do hide some important mistakes.
2013-14 the previous season we had Mr Moss three times – two home and one away, all wins. There aren’t any formal referee reviews from that season but I have linked Walter’s post-game reports should you want to read further.
Cardiff 0 – Aaronsenal 3 – A comfortable victory and no mention of the referee!
Arsenal -Crystal Palace 2-0 – A Palace bus parked in the first half, Arsenal better in the second with the Ox scoring two minutes into the half and getting a second later in the half – again no mention of the referee
Hull, advertising boards, Poldi brace, Özil back, and some nice football – A game started in a gale with the advertising boards flying everywhere at one point. Hull pressing all over the pitch and not always legally, A studs up challenge to Arteta’s head being punished by a free kick without the appropriate red card. A penalty not given when Özil was brought down from behind. Aaron opened the scoring and got a second on the stroke of half time. Podolski added a third in the second half. In the second half Hull trying to kick the sh.t out of us with no real intervention by the ref.
2012-13 – Three games all away from home and again all won.
75% overall (weighted) bias against both teams 41/59 and no wrong Important Decisions
92% overall weighted – an excellent example of refereeing with too few decisions for bias figures to be meaningful
73% overall, bias against both teams 17/83 and again no wrong Important Decisions.
Before I get to the overall conclusions, Mr Lennard, was the linesman who didn’t flag Coutinho offside when Benteke scored for Liverpool against Bournemouth; I hope he has now had time to polish up on the rules, we don’t want any more incidents like that.
- We have tended to win our games in recent years when Mr Moss is our referee – that probably points to us losing on Saturday.
- Mr Moss isn’t a saint for us and whilst among the best of the bunch is still capable of making some pretty awful decisions, particularly in respect of physical assaults on our players. Pushing a player with sufficient force that he leaves the playing area and collides with the advertising boards is reckless and involves un-necessary force and should result in a red card as should a studs up challenge resulting in contact with a player’s face.
- He also misses his fair share of penalties, three in the last two seasons.
- Overall Mr Moss is a referee who I don’t believe has yet bought in to the complete anti-Arsenal bias and is probably about as good as they come for us.
On the basis of this is you want to place a bet
The Untold Books