by Andrew Crawshaw
Following the review of Mr Clattenberg in the Chelsea game here is the updated Table of Shame
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||1||30|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||15|
This review was the first game of the season where the bias numbers were actually in our favour. There were 10 wrong decisions in the game five against each team and putting weight on the numbers that bias was 35% against Arsenal and 65% against Chelsea.
Mr Clattenberg’s overall score was 76%. There was one wrong Important Decision (second yellow, red cards, penalties and goals) when in Min 56 Koscielny fouled Fabregas in our penalty area, this should have been both a penalty and a yellow card but nothing was given.
Whilst cross with the antics of Chelsea, their players and supporters, for once we really have no beef with the referee. Mertescaker made a terrible decision which killed the game as far as we were concerned, the rest was history.
This coming Sunday the Match Officials are :-
- Referee – Kevin Friend
- Assistants – D Bryan and P Kirkup
- Fourth Official – N Swarbrick
Third time this year for Mr Friend, all away matches (funny that – he is a noted home referee) we won both games
74% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 40/60 and one wrong Important Decision when in Min 31 Mertesacker handled the ball in our area but no penalty was awarded.
72% overall weighted score, bias 30/70 again only one wrong Important Decision (more down to the linesman, Mr D Bryan, than referee) when in Min 45+1 Walcott was wrongly flagged offside as he scored a glorious curler into the top corner.
Two games, two wins and only two wrong decisions, not bad refereeing by the poor standards of the PGMO.
Last Season 2014-15 we had Mr Friend four times and he was anything but friendly to us
60% overall, bias against the two teams 11/89 and 2 wrong Important Decisions (second yellow or Red cards, Penalties or Goals). In Minute 44 Naysmith was offside when he scored a ‘goal’ and in Min 53 Wilshere was given a yellow card, it should have been Red. His scores would have been higher had he not been let down by his assistant Mr Garratt for both the Naysmith goal and for flagging for an imaginary foul in Min 70 when Arsenal were in a strong position. The wrong decision for the Everton goal may well have cost us two points.
65% overall, bias 25/75 and 1 wrong Important Decision when in Minute 19 he should have awarded a penalty to Arsenal for a foul by Rodwell on Chambers. Arsenal won the game by 2-0 so the wrong decision didn’t cost us points.
69% overall, bias 20/80 and two wrong Important Decisions (both relating to the same incident) when in Minute 46 Henry should have been dismissed and a penalty awarded for a “Last Man” offence. Another game when poor officiating didn’t cost us points as we won 2-1.
Swansea players not getting booked for pretty poor challenges, Swansea parking the bus and Fabianski in good form for the visitors. Overall they frustrated arsenal and hit us on a counter. every 50-50 decision in their favour. Not just a home referee then.
In 2013-14 he refereed us only once
West Ham took the lead, Podolski equalised just before half time, Giroud ten minutes into the second half and Podolski again with 13 minutes on the clock. No mention of Mr Friend, so I’ll assume that he had a decent game.
2012-13 Two games both at home
94% overall, bias figures really irrelevant and no wrong Important Decisions. Excellent refereeing.
89% overall, bias 50/50 and no wrong Important Decisions. Another excellent example of refereeing.
I only have the one flag this year against the Assistant Referees, Mr Bryan for his mistake in denying Walcott a goal against Aston Villa (see above).
- Mr Friend is widely regarded as a ‘home referee’.
- Up to 2013-14 he could be relied to referee Arsenal games in an even handed manner and his scores in our reviews reflected this, 89 and 94% in 2012-13. In 2014-15 his scores were 60, 65 and 69% – all below the minimum acceptable level. This year, to date, we have seen something of a return to his earlier levels and I hope that continues on Sunday.
- With City playing Leicester meaning at least one of them will drop points the cynic in me says that the PGMO will seize this opportunity to ensure that we cannot make up ground on either of them and, indeed, will fall further behind Spurs. I am kind of expecting another dreadful piece of refereeing with a player being sent off together with a dodgy penalty against us.
- Look out for all of the usual ploys, phantom fouls, rotational fouling and timewasting all meant to disrupt our pattern of play..
- On the other hand, given honest refereeing, we should be quite capable of putting in a good performance and getting the three points.
Insult of the day
He has everything that an honest man should not have; what an honest man should have, he has nothing. (All’s well that ends well)
Anniversaries – including a referee anniversary today
- 6 February 1971: Arsenal 1 Manchester C 0. After just one victory in the last four Arsenal returned to form in League match 27 of the first Double season. Better still, Leeds, after having lost to Tottenham 1-2 on 9 January now lost 0-1 to Liverpool. Arsenal were thus 3 points behind Leeds with one game in hand but with a fractionally worse goal average.
- 6 February 2001: The case about insulting comments being made against Notts County’s Sean Farrell by referee Taylor was very oddly heard AFTER the Arsène Wenger appeal against his imagined assault on Taylor. Arsène Wenger was cleared. Click the link for the full story.
The Untold Books
The latest Untold book is Arsenal: The Long Sleep 1953-1970 with an introduction by Bob Wilson, available both as a paperback and as a Kindle book from Amazon. Details of this and our other titles can be found at Arsenal Books on this site.