Chelsea v Arsenal 19 September – The Match Officials
by Andrew Crawshaw
No referee reviews to report this week so straight into the business for the weekend
- Referee – Mike Dean
- Assistants – S Long & S Burt
- Fourth Official – M Oliver
All well known to us. Here is the table of last year’s decisions with Dean firmly in the unacceptable category, nearly a third of his decisions were wrong and that was before any weighting was applied to reflect the type of decision.
|Referee||Correct total||Wrong total|
2014-15 Putting some ‘flesh” on the bones of the above table last year we had him in charge of four games, two at home and two away. There are full reviews for the first two, for the last two I have referenced post game pieces from our archives.
|Imagine a ref who only gets half his decisions right: Arsenal – MU ref review|
53% Overall score (weighted) bias against the two teams 80/20. 4 wrong Important Decisions) second yellow cards, red cards, penalties and Goals) all against Arsenal.
Min 15 Shaw first used his arms then tripped wilshere in the penalty area – nothing given, Min 50 McNair crippled Wilshere with a dreadful challenge, not even called a foul let alone the red card it deserved, Min 55 Fellaini (clearly offside) interferes with play by pushing Gibbs into Szcz – both offences ignored as Dean allowed the United goal to stand, and lastly late into time added on Di Maria having collapsed as if shot was helped to his feet by Chambers who is then elbowed for his trouble needless to say Dean who was right by the incident saw nothing and failed in his duty to send off the United Player for violent conduct.
An awful show of refereeing and one which robbed Arsenal of at least a draw.
|Ref Review : Manchester City – Arsenal: A master class performance!|
Overall performance 64% (weighted), bias 27/73 and only one wrong Important Decision when in Min 40 Kompany was rightly given a yellow card for a foul and/or dissent – it should have been his second as he should have had a first one in minute 22 for the foul on Monreal that was rightly called a penalty.
As we won the game for once the wrong Important Decision, and significant bias against us didn’t cost us any points. Dean’s first game for us in something like 5 or 6 seasons when he awarded a us a penalty.
Burnley – Arsenal, 0-1. Eight wins in a row now for Arsenal – An early goal to settle our nerves. Dean doing his best to help Burnley with free kicks and not booking their players. Ospina with a great goalkeeping performance. In the end a good win against both Burnley and Dean
Man U – Arsenal, 1-1 the point that brings us at least third place? – Dean back to his usual blind man when is comes to penalties in favour of Arsenal, a late equaliser to make it one all but the poor penalty decision again cost us points.
2013-14 – Again 4 games, three home and one away – There are no formal referee reviews for this season so again I’m referencing the post game reviews to give a flavour of Mr Dean’s work.
Arsenal 3 – 1 Stoke, the revenge of the Aaron, the assist-master doing his job and other enjoyable facts Dean for once not up to any tricks.
Dean useless as usual, Mourinho still the master in killing football pleasure – the title says it all really – Mikel should have seen red for an awful challenge on Arteta as should Ivanovic for a head high challenge on Özil, plus as usual a non-awarded penalty.
Arsenal score hattrick over the Totts : One nil to the Arsenal A Rosicky thunderbolt in the opening minute. Another not given penalty with Vertonghen pulled Kos down by the neck (Dean being Dean). Walter does say that overall he wasn’t too bad.
Arsenal – Man City the difference between home and away Another non-given penalty, Zabaleta tripping Rosicky and a goal kick given. Possibly the difference between a win and a draw.
All in all Dean was less bad for us than usual in 2013-14 and was actually quite decent in two out of the four games.
2012-13 again four games, City home and Away (loss and draw), United Away (loss naturally) and Wigan at home (easy win)
|Match Review: Mike Dean – Manchester City Vs Arsenal (1 – 1) [23/09/2012]|
83% overall rating (Weighted), bias against both teams 71/29 (yes an overall bias in favour of Arsenal!) and no wrong Important Decisions. An error free first half, and very little wrong in the second half either (if only he was always like this).
|Match Review: Mike Dean – Manchester United Vs Arsenal (2 – 1) [03/11/2012]|
80% overall, bias against both teams 15/85 and three wrong Important Decisions Min 44 Penalty wrongly awarded to United (there was no movement of hand to ball), Min 58 Cleverly should have second yellow card for a reckless challenge, Min 90 Arteta was awarded a yellow card (he should have had one in Min 30 and so should have been sent off). Nothing wrong with any of the three goals scored.
|Match Review: Mike Dean – Arsenal Vs Manchester City (0 – 2) [13/01/2013]|
67% overall, bias against both teams 84/16 and one wrong Important Decision when in Min 82 Dzeko should have been sent off for a second bookable offence.
|Match Review: Mike Dean – Arsenal Vs Wigan Athletic ( – ) [14/05/2013]|
An excellent piece of refereeing 90% overall (although all wrong decisions were against Arsenal) and no wrong Important Decisions. Correctly called 140 out of 147 decisions (again if only….)
Overall, not a bad year for Mr Dean, two well refereed matches and, in one game, a bias in favour of Arsenal (albeit with very few wrong decisions). His usual crap self in the other two games though.
- We have had Mr Dean far too often, typically four and sometimes as many as six times a season. This is far too often, no club should have any referee more than twice in a season once at home and once away.
- Mr Dean has been a thorn in our side for many years, and has probably cost us more points than any other referee. At times his ability to award strange decisions against us has been breathtaking.
- He has failed to award us justified penalties for over five seasons until the one against City last year and many of us are still expecting him to rescind that decision. He did return to form later last year when we played Man United.
- Aside from penalties, his other major failing is his skewed understanding of what constituted a yellow or red card offence, he understands well enough when committed by an Arsenal player, but rarely sees them when committed against us. With a sly team such as Chelsea, I fear that he will allow them to kick the shit out of us on Saturday.
- He also has a rare sense of advantage, frequently calling inappropriately and is a master of the art of the ‘phantom foul’ to give an unfair advantage to one team (rarely Arsenal).
- Having put the negative points, he knows the rules forwards, backwards and sideways and on the occasions when he forgets it is Arsenal playing is capable of being a very good referee. Do I trust him to be that person on Saturday – HELL NO!
- I predict with confidence that we will be talking about two people after the game – Mr Dean and the Obnoxious one who will, hopefully, be getting sacked on Sunday.
- 18 September 1953: Tommy Lawton signed from Brentford. He played 38 games and scored 15 times before retiring but Tom Whittaker admitted in his autobiography that the signing was one of desperation on his part, and not a success.
- 18 September 1994: Arsenal’s fifth game in a row without a win ended Arsenal 2 Newcastle 3, But after four games without scoring Arsenal do at least get one from Adams and one from Wright.
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