by Andrew Crawshaw
Here is the updated Table of Shame
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||1||44|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||29|
Only one wrong Important Decision and no cost in points so we need to be thankful for small mercies. Mr East got his customary slightly below adequate weighted score of 67%, exactly the same as in his other Arsenal game this season so no real surprises.
No change to the Wall of Shame
|Ref||Game||Weighted Score||Bias against (h/a)||Link to Ref Review|
|Craig Pawson||Stoke||v||Arsenal||34||5/95||Stoke v Arsenal|
|Lee Mason||Arsenal||v||Southampton||34||80/20||Arsenal v Southampton|
|Robert Madley||Arsenal||v||Swansea||38||93/7||Arsenal – Swansea|
|Mike Dean||Chelsea||v||Arsenal||41||5/95||Chelsea – Arsenal|
|Martin Atkinson||Arsenal||v||Spurs||41||82/18||Arsenal – Tottenham|
|Craig Pawson||West Ham||v||Arsenal||42||23/77||West Ham v Arsenal|
|Mark Clattenburg||West Brom||v||Arsenal||42||9/91||West Brom v Arsenal|
|Mark Clattenburg||Everton||Arsenal||43||6/94||Everton v Arsenal|
|Anthony Taylor||Arsenal||v||Newcastle||48||9/91||Arsenal – Newcastle|
|Jonathan Moss||Southampton||v||Arsenal||49||22/78||Southampton v Arsenal|
- Referee – Anthony Taylor
- Assistants – L Betts and S Burt
- Fourth Official – M Jones
Fourth time this season for Mr Taylor his previous three games were all home wins :-
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Man Utd, more of the same|
59% Overall weighted score bias against he two teams 97/3 and five wrong Important Decisions (second yellow or red cards, penalties or goals). We should have had a penalty in the 4th minute when Schweinsteiger held and threw Gabriel to the ground, and there were four missed second yellow cards, Schweinsteiger in Min 45+1 and again in Min 45+2, Min 73 and again in Min 90 Fellaini. A Manchester referee in charge of a Manchester Club, absolutely no chance of any possible conflict of interest!
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Newcastle|
Mr Taylor’s one Arsenal entry on our Hall of Shame. 48% overall, bias against the two teams of 9/91 but surprisingly only one wrong Important Decision when in Min 53 Colback dived, Taylor bought it and incorrectly awarded a free kick to Newcastle, Colback should have been booked for the dive and received a second yellow card.
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Watford, a game of two halves…|
66% Overall, bias against the two teams of 45/55 – yes that’s right a game where we could have no complaints about bias – he was plain bad for both teams. Again only one wrong Important Decision when Prodl pushed Wellbeck in Min 17 he failed to award a penalty to Arsenal.
I have no flags this season against either Mr Betts or Mr Burt, both have clean sheets in their previous Arsenal games, for both of them this will be their fifth appearance.
Last Season 2014-15 we had the ‘pleasure’ of Mr Taylor five times, of which only the first three were reviewed. To be fair to him he got far better scores than this year, we had three good wins, 3 – 0 at home to West Ham, 5 – 0 at home to Aston Villa and 4 – 1 at home to Liverpool and two draws 1 – 1 away at Leicester and 0 – 0 at home to Sunderland.
|Ref review Leicester – Arsenal|
61% Overall weighted score, bias against both teams, 7/93, Three wrong Important Decisions (all against Arsenal), Min 50 Hammond pushed Cazorla in the Leicester penalty area, should have been a penalty, Min 58 Moore should have had a second yellow card for a ‘professional’ foul on Sanogo and in Min 84 Hammond should have had a straight red card for deliberately stepping on Ramsey’s leg as he lay on the ground. Two points denied by the Referee.
|Ref Review(s) : Arsenal – West Ham, two for the price of one|
Mr Taylor took over as referee in Min 59 following an injury to. In his time on the pitch his scores were 73% overall weighted score, bias 83/17 and no wrong Important Decisions
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Aston Villa. Arsenal commit two fouls in 45 minutes.|
85% overall weighted score, bias against both teams 100/0. A very good exhibition of refereeing – if only he was always like this.
- Despite regularly getting poor scores in our weighted analyses Mr Taylor is a referee under whom we tend to do quite well. That’s for sure put the mockers on our chances for Sunday.
- This year in his two games other than Manchester United, he has made only two wrong Important Decisions which is entirely creditable seeing that the overall average is three per game.
- In the United game he made five and we still won three nil. At least there was no chance of him being accused of an anti Manchester bias in the shops near his Manchester home.
- It is surprising that Spurs got a change of referee from a Leicestershire based referee in their recent game and Arsenal can be given a Manchester based referee for two games against Manchester clubs – a case of double standards if ever I saw them.
- Mr Taylor’s bias figures against Arsenal are generally terrible, in the six games reviewed above only this year’s Watford game was within the 60/40 range I would regard as acceptable, The rest have been 83% or higher (we can ignore the 100% bias figures for last year’s game against Villa as there were very few wrong calls and he really did well in that game).
- We can expect the usual not given Arsenal penalty, our players being penalised for breathing in the direction of City opponents and City being allowed far more lattitude in the force they can use in challenges.
- We also need to keep an eagle eye open for the old ‘phantom foul’ trick and for inappropriate use of the advantage rule.