by Andrew Crawshaw
Before I move on to the main event here are The Table of Shame and the Wall of Shame both updated to matchweek 25.
Table of Shame
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||1||32|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||17|
Wall of Shame
|Ref||Game||Weighted Score||Bias against (h/a)||Link to Ref Review|
|Craig Pawson||Stoke||v||Arsenal||34||5/95||Ref Review: Stoke – Arsenal|
|Lee Mason||Arsenal||v||Southampton||34||80/20||Ref Review: Arsenal – Southampton|
|Mike Dean||Chelsea||v||Arsenal||41||5/95||Ref Review : Chelsea – Arsenal|
|Martin Atkinson||Arsenal||v||Spurs||41||82/18||Ref Review : Arsenal – Tottenham|
|Mark Clattenburg||West Brom||v||Arsenal||42||9/91||Ref Review : WBA – Arsenal|
|Anthony Taylor||Arsenal||v||Newcastle||48||9/91||Ref Review : Arsenal – Newcastle|
|Jonathan Moss||Southampton||v||Arsenal||49||22/78||Ref Review : Southampton – Arsenal|
On to Saturday and, as most of you are aware our match officials are :-
Referee – Mike Dean
Assistants – Adam Nunn and Harry Lennard
Fourth Official – Paul Tierney
Mike Dean needs no introduction, last time we saw him in charge he earned his place on the Wall of Shame with a ridiculous display in the Chelsea v Arsenal match.
This caused even the higher echelons to break their no post game review of refereeing and undo the red cards given to Arsenal and retrospectively award one to the cheat Costa. Since then we have only seen him once as Fourth Official assisting Craig Pawson to his place on the Wall of Shame. Two visits, two entries and he is still considered as suitable! Beggars belief!
He has a long history with Arsenal going back to 2001 in the league and 2004 in the Cup competitions. Here are summaries. NB all of the numbers in these tables relate solely to the decisions he actually awarded regardless of their validity.
|Dean v Arsenal – League only|
|Year||P||W||L||D||Goals||Major Decisions awarded against|
|Dean v Arsenal – Cups only|
post 2007 43% 57% 0%
I am deliberately splitting the data in an attempt to see if there are any significant differences in the way he goes about the different types of competition.
The first main point of interest is the difference in the pre and post 2007 figures in the League results. Up to the end of the 2006/7 season we had a win/loss ratio of 73/13%. During this time he was an excellent appointment. From the start of the 2007/8 season that crashed to 26/48%. I can think of no reasonable explanation for this change, Mr Riley became head of the PGMO in 2009 so that could hardly be the reason. Suggestions please in the comments.
The Cup figures don’t follow the same pattern, albeit with a far smaller sample size.
In the league he has awarded us 3 penalties as opposed to 6 against; none at all in the 10 cup games. Red cards are 5 for and away, again none in the cup games.
What the basic tables above don’t show is just how awful he is in Arsenal games. He has been known to dance a jig when our opponents have scored a goal
His knowledge of the rules is excellent as is his imagination in applying them to Arsenal, you only need look at the Costa incident in the Chelsea match this year to see that. That game led to a 100,000 plus petition for him never to be allowed to referee another Arsenal game.
Enough about that despicable snake. How about the other officials?
- Mr Lennard has a flag this year for not indicating a clear offside in the build up to Liverpool’s goal in their game v Bournemouth. A 1-0 win which should have beeb a 0 – 0 draw. I have no flags against Mr Nunn this year. No particular concerns against either of these two gentlemen.
- Paul Tierney has yet to referee an Arsenal game, he has done three Premier League games this year with Mike Dean, Lee Mason and Martin Atkinson as fourth officials so he has probably been fully indoctrinated by now.
- Mike Dean is a terrible referee for Arsenal and has been so since the start of the 2007/8 season.
- If he can screw Arsenal or our Players he will
- We have a terrible record of serious injuries whilst he is in charge, he rarely recognises a dangerous challenge and fully supports the ‘Northern’ school of playing.
- So far he has never appointed a penalty in an Arsenal Cup game, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see one for Hull on Saturday; one for Arsenal – unthinkable.
- I also wouldn’t be at all surprised to see an Arsenal player sent off. All of our players will have to be extremely careful not to give Mr Dean the slightest opportunity to get his card out of his pocket.
- Hull will be allowed to waste time from the opening minute, will be able to foul with impunity and be given every possible assistance with ‘phantom’ fouls, wrong advantages (either given or not given).
- Make no mistake, we will be playing on a very uneven field and the chances are that Mr Dean will be a trickier opponent than Hull.
- The home crowd will have to be vocal and on Mr Dean’s case from the start to the final whistle.
- There is perhaps a 1 in 100 chance that he will be ordered to do the game honestly, but even if that is the case I don’t trust him a single millimeter.
- 19 February 1977: Arsenal 2 West Ham 3. Although it was the sixth consecutive game without a win there was a little comfort taken from the fact that Arsenal had scored, after four games without a goal.Brady and Stapleton got the goals.
- 19 February 1980: Arsenal 3 Bolton 0 FA Cup 5th round on the way to 3rd consecutive cup final. Sunderland (2) and Stapleton got the goals. Arsenal played a total of 18 FA and League Cup games in the season.