by Andrew Crawshaw
Here is the Table of Shame updated following the Newcastle review
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||1||23|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||11|
Plenty of mistakes by Anthony Taylor, virtually all in Newcastle’s favour but none on them were Important Decisions (second yellow, red cards, penalties or goals) but he did buy every Newwcastle dive.
On to Sunday and we have
- Referee – Craig Pawson
- Assistants – D Bryan and S Long
- Fourth Official – Mike Dean
Firstly I am very concerned that The PGMO have seen fit to appoint Mike Dean as Fourth Official for this game following his travesty of refereeing in our game against Chelsea on 19 September which led to a 100,000 plus signature seeking that he never be appointed as referee again in an Arsenal match. The PGMO surely can’t believe that we have forgotten the events on that day can they? I sincerely hope that Mr Pawson doesn’t suffer an injury allowing Mr Dean back on the pitch.
Secondly I have two ‘flags’ against Mr Bryan – in our game away at Villa 0n 13 December he wrongly flagged Walcott offside immediately before he put a curler into the top corner. The goal should have stood. Last year in our home game against Burnley on 1 November, he failed to spot/assist Mr Pawson in awarding the handball against Boyd in Min 20 which should have been a penalty and a second yellow card for the player.
I have no markers against Mr Long
On to Mr Pawson – he is a relatively new referee to the Premier League, a Yorkshireman who will be 37 this year, home County FA Sheffield and Hallamstead. He made his league debut on 2 March 2013 and was appointed to the select list for the start of the 2013/14 season when he refereed 10 games, none featuring Arsenal. To date he has been in charge of 48 games, issuing 8 red and 155 yellow cards.
This will be his second Arsenal game this year – his first was our thriller against Leicester in September when he put in a very good performance. 84% Weighted overall score, bias against the two teams 20/80 and no wrong Important Decisions. Craig Pawson – good performance
Last season 2014-15 he was in charge for two games, one at homeland one away – exactly as it should be.
The Arsenal v Burnley game I mentioned above – 72% weighted score, bias 86/14 and two wrong Important decisions both relate to the Boyd incident in Min 20. Boyd deliberately handled the ball in the penalty area, strangely this was missed by both Mr Pawson and his assistant Mr Bryan. It should have been a second yellow card for Boyd and a penalty to Arsenal. Fortunately the wrong decisions didn’t affect the overall outcome of the game. Arsenal v Burnley
Our away game at Southampton on 1 January 2015 when he scored 78% weighted, bias again 14/86 and two wrong Important decisions. Min 22 Wanyama should have had a second yellow card and Min 66 Gardos was wrongly given a yellow card for a last man offence, it should have been red. Again the wrong decisions didn’t cost us points, but made our task harder than it should have been. Southampton v Arsenal
- There are too few games that Mr Pawson has done for us to be certain of his overall competence. His other game for us this season does, however, give us hope. A weighted score of 84% with no wrong Important Decisions is a very good performance – the second best in the first half of the season.
- The reappearance of Mr Dean has to be a major concern, I seriously hoped we wouldn’t see him again in any capacity. He is an official who cannot be trusted in any capacity in an Arsenal game and who shouldn’t be allowed in any ground when we are playing.
- It is also concerning that we have an assistant referee who has made major mistakes in wach of the last two seasons in games involving Arsenal, he has almost certainly cost us two goals. I hope Mr Bryan has a much better game.
- Stoke v Arsenal games always tend to be feisty given the history between us and usually demand firm refereeing. I am hoping that Mr Pawson shows he can be such a referee and that the presence of Mr Dean is not malevolent. I am quite sure that Mr Dean will be there to ‘guide’ Mr Pawson’s career progress which is bound to be bad news for us.
- I hope the excesses we frequently see from Stoke players will be treated appropriately with yellow and/or red cards and that they are not allowed to push, shove and kick us off the ball with impunity.
- Watch out for not given penalties, phantom fouls and wrong offside calls. Our magnificent away supporters will need to be on their guard for all signs of incompetence and bias.
- Is Stan Kroenke trying to move Arsenal out of the Emirates?
- Mohamed Elneny: a very very warm welcome.
New from the history society
Arsenal in the 70s: July to Dec 1975. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse…
From the anniversary files
- 15 January 1899: Woolwich Arsenal’s half-yearly AGM reports the manager as W.R. Elcoat (ie William Elcoat) not George Elcoat as most Arsenal histories subsequently erroneously stated (until the Arsenal History Society set matters aright).
- 15 January 1910: FA Cup 1st round. Woolwich Arsenal 3 Watford 0. It was hoped a good cup run could alleviate the club’s financial worries. Sadly only 8668 turned up and Arsenal went out to Everton in the next round, although in front of 30,000.