By Walter Broeckx
Regular readers know that we have a table of shame in which we compare wrong decisions from referees going in favour of Arsenal and going against Arsenal. Below a repeat of the latest standing in this table.
Table of Shame
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||1||44|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||27|
After the West Ham match we found that we had now 100 errors going against Arsenal in total. 100 errors about the most important decisions that a referee has to make on a football field. Handing out red cards (double yellows), penalties and goal decisions. Match changing decisions in fact.
Now we have found that we also had a few decisions going our way this season. 7 in total. We had one good goal chalked off from an opposition team and that was the West Ham goal early in the match. We also had 3 lucky escapes in our penalty area. Arsenal should have had 3 penalties more against us. And we should have had 3 more sending offs of one of our players.
But the strange thing is that not one of those decisions could have cost our opponents points. The most debatable could be the West Ham United goal maybe as that would have been the opening goal in that match. But even that decision was more or less overshadowed by the not sending off a few minutes earlier by the man who gave the assist for that goal.
Now of course some of those decisions count more or less double from time to time. Let us take against the West Ham match. The fact that Carroll stayed on the pitch after his first not given red card resulted in 4 later wrong decisions when he finally should have been sent off with a second yellow card. So if the ref had done his job in the first place the number of wrong decisions might have gone down a bit. But well… that is the fault of the ref for not doing his job once, twice, trice or…. 4 times.
One particular number is the penalties. Arsenal escaped 3 times from a penalty that should have been given against them. But if we look at the number of decisions that went against Arsenal when we should have had a penalty is somewhat staggering. Arsenal could and should have had 29 penalties more than they have received.
Once again I should point out that if a ref had done his job by giving a penalty when an Arsenal players was completely held back by a defender when Arsenal had a corner for the first foul, the chance of that defender of repeating it a bit later in the match would go down dramatically. But as said before this is down to the ref not doing their job once, twice….
But let us look at the number. Two penalties given in favour of Arsenal this season and 29 not given. Now people might argue that this is an Arsenal supporting blog and so this number is not correct. Feel free to examine our reviews as they are on the site and disagree with our findings.
But based on our numbers we can say that Arsenal could and should have had 31 penalties this season and we only got…two. This means that we got 6% of the total penalties we should have had.
Okay I hear some say: 29 penalties this is ridiculous. You are too biased. First I would like to point at the fact that we show where our numbers come from, unlike the PGMO who claim that around 95% of the important decisions are correct. Or maybe looking at the 6% and the 95%. Maybe the press release from the PGMO made a human mistake and should have written that 95 of the important decisions were NOT correct?
But let us for the sake of the argument try to calculate a bias. And while we are at it why not just get a bit ridiculous (if the PGMO can, why can’t we?) and say that because of our bias we ourselves made 50% errors in judging the penalties. To be clear I don’t admit the bias in such a way, I just want to respond or anticipate those who are critical to our findings.
So if we now meet each other in the middle and you and I remove half of the wrong penalty decisions that went against Arsenal. That would leave us with 14,5 not given penalties. To make things a bit simpler I now take the freedom to round this off to 15.
So even if we had taken half of the wrong penalty decisions away we still should have had 15 penalties. 15 more chances to score another goal. Scoring those penalties alone would have resulted in us scoring 71 goals and being the highest scoring team in the PL. Far in front of the rest in fact. Now you might say that 15 penalties would be a bit too much. But then look at the current league leaders. They have had 11 penalties so far this season (I think) and they are the team that spend the least time in the other penalty area. In fact one could say they only enter the other penalty area to either score or to…get a penalty.
But even more important than the number of penalties itself… the question is: how much more points would this have given Arsenal. And then I haven’t even calculated the wrongly awarded goals against us and the wrongly ruled out goals from Arsenal. How many more points would we have won if video refereeing would exist already?
Yes maybe we didn’t play at our best in each match but then again…who does? But what is clear is that we surely didn’t get from the referees what we deserved and should have received. Even if we brush away ourselves half of the not given penalties for Arsenal…
And before you march in to the comment section and shout: too biased why don’t you check other neutral (more Arsenal hating websites in fact) before you do… like the Telegraph, hell The sun and The Metro Not really known as bastions of Wenger lovers and die hard Arsenal supporters…
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