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Ref Review: Arsenal – Liverpool

ARSENAL vs. LIVERPOOL

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 1
  • DATE: 14th August 2016
  • VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Michael Oliver
1st LINESMAN: Stuart Burt
2nd LINESMAN: Edward Smart
4th OFFICIAL: Craig Pawson

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
02:07 Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Moreno pushed Walcott in the back. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
11:42 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Walcott charged in behind on Moreno.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (FOUL)
15:24 Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Klavan was holding back Ramsey, while Ramsey was in control of the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
17:10 Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Mohamed El Nenny (Arsenal) Firmino tripped El Nenny from behind with sliding tackle.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
18:20 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Mane tried to cross the ball when Bellerin who was within 1 yard off him blocked the ball with his hands firm close to his body, leaning down. The ball struck Bellerin on his hip side. Appeals for a penalty were correctly put down with a non-penalty decision.

CORRECT NON PENALTY DECISION FOR ARSENAL.

3 (NON-PENALTY)
18:25 Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Moreno pushed Walcott in the back.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
24:08 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Walcott brought down Moreno with a standing tackle slightly late.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (FOUL)
25:16 Adam Lallana (Liverpool) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Ramsey was in control of the ball when Lallana came lunging in and brought down Ramsey. The tackle was borderline serious foul play, but can be considered reckless due to not being a frontal tackle, one foot being close to the ground and not over the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST LALLANA.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

27:14 Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Mane tripped Coquelin from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
27:46 Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Walcott reached to the ball first and touched it forward when Moreno made scissors like sliding tackle on Walcott inside Liverpool’s penalty box. Moreno missed the ball and slid in to Walcott. This was a reckless challenge from Moreno.

CORRECT PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST MORENO.

3 (PENALTY)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

31:38 Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Henderson tripped Walcott from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
36:19 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Mane was on the counter attack when Coquelin pulled him back from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LIVERPOOL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST COQUELIN.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

37:07 Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Mane charged in to Chambers from front and brought him down.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
40:21 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Ramsey tripped Mane, but Mane maintained his balance and kept running forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
40:44 Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was on the counter attack when Lovren brought him down from behind with a reckless sliding tackle.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST LOVREN.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

42:27 Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Iwobi was carrying out a promising attack when Henderson came running from behind and pulled him down. The referee correctly called a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Henderson who committed a deliberate attack breaking foul. But no card was given.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST HENDERSON.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

44:19 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Slight high foot by Coquelin towards Mane but little to no contact was made. Still a correct decision for potential dangerous play.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (FOUL)
45:25 Rob Holding (Arsenal) Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Coutinho was in control of the ball and Holding came from behind to intercept it. Holding had his arm on the upper body (neck region), but did not commit any push/pull/charge/trip action to commit a foul. This should not have been a foul for Arsenal but was wrongly given by the referee.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 9

Number of Correct Fouls for Liverpool – 4

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 13 [13 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Advantages for Liverpool – 1

Total Number of Correct Advantages – [1 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Liverpool – 1

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards –  4 [8 points]

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 1 [2 points]

 

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Penalties for Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 0

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
01:20 Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Mane was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Edward Smart made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
20:33 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool) Sanchez was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Stuart Burt made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
29:51 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool) Sanchez was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Stuart Burt made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
38:15 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool) Sanchez was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Stuart Burt made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Offsides for Liverpool – 3

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 4 [4 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Liverpool –  0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
30:11 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
45:59 Philippe Coutinho Refer to Fouls at Minute 45:25 There was nothing wrong with the free kick goal, but the foul that in the free kick was wrongly awarded against Arsenal.

WRONG GOAL AGAINST ARSENAL.

-3 (GOAL)
Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Goals for Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 1 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Goals against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 1 [3 points]

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
 

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
   

First Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 9+3+2+1+1 = 16

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Liverpool – 4+1+1+3 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 16 + 9 = 25

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 9+6+6+1+3 = 25

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Liverpool – 4+1+2+3 = 10

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 25 + 10 = 35

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 2+1+1 = 4

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 4 + 0 = 4

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 2+2+3 = 7

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 7 + 0 = 7

 

 

 First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 25/(25+4) = 86.2%
 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 35/(35+7) = 83.3%

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
45:31 Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Lovren charged in to Ramsey from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
47:20 Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Just as Ramsey passed the ball forward, Henderson tripped him down. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
47:39 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Coquelin tripped down Mane from the side.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (FOUL)
56:25 Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Iwobi deliberately pulled back Mane from attacking forward. This was a clear attack breaking foul.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LIVERPOOL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST IWOBI.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

59:37 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Bellerin was chasing Henderson and deliberately pulled him down from behind. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Bellerin but was not given.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR LIVERPOOL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST BELLERIN.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

69:31 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Xhaka tripped Mane from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (FOUL)
71:01 Adam Lallana (Liverpool) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Lallana tripped Coquelin from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
74:22 Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Clyne tripped Coquelin from the front.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
78:08 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) Coquelin tripped Wijnaldum from the side.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (FOUL)
78:42 Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Moreno charged in to Walcott from behind. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but no foul was given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
78:58 Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Clyne tripped Chamberlain from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
79:34 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Xhaka tripped Moreno from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (FOUL)
80:04 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) Chamberlain tripped Wijnaldum from behind but Liverpool kept attacking.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
80:41 Divock Origi (Liverpool) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Origi tripped Monreal from behind but Liverpool kept attacking.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
82:10 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) Xhaka made a slow grounded tackle on Clyne but failed to get the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (FOUL)
85:29 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Xhaka lost the ball and deliberately brought down Mane with a reckless tackle.

CORRECT FOUL FOR LIVERPOOL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST XHAKA.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

93:12 Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Mane tripped Xhaka from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 5

Number of Correct Fouls for Liverpool – 8

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 13 [13 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for Liverpool – 1

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Liverpool – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Liverpool – 2

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 2 [4 points]

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Liverpool – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 1 [2 points]

 

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
74:35 Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) Chambers was in an offside position when the free kick was taken. This resulted in Chambers scoring the goal. Assistant Referee Edward Smart failed to make the correct call.

NO OFFSIDE FOR LIVERPOOL.

-1 (OFFSIDE)
76:43 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) Sanchez was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Edward Smart made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
85:14 Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) No replay or correct angle shown. Assumed correct. Assistant Referee Stuart Burt made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
94:12 Divock Origi (Liverpool) Rob Holding (Arsenal) No replay or correct angle shown. Assumed correct. Assistant Referee Stuart Burt made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
94:38 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) Monreal was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Edward Smart made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR LIVERPOOL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Offsides for Liverpool – 2

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 4 [4 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Liverpool –  1

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides –  1 [1 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
48:30 Adam Lallana (Liverpool) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL.

3 (GOAL)
55:09 Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL.

3 (GOAL)
62:32 Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL.

3 (GOAL)
63:44 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
74:37 Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Refer to Offsides at Minute 74:35. Illegal goal scored by Chambers due to being in an offside position.

WRONG GOAL AGAINST LIVERPOOL.

-3 (GOAL)
Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Goals for Liverpool – 3

Total Number of Correct Goals – 4 [12 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Liverpool – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 1 [3 points]

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision
 

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points
   

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 5+1+2+1 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Liverpool – 8+1+2+2+3 = 16

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 9 + 16 = 25

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 5+1+2+3 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Liverpool – 8+1+4+2+9 = 24

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 11 + 24 = 35

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Liverpool – 1+1+1 = 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 2 + 3 = 5

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Liverpool – 2+1+3 = 6

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 2 + 6 = 8

 

 

 Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 25/(25+5) = 83.3%
 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 35/(35+8) = 81.3%

 

Full Time (1st Half + 2nd Half) Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 16+9 = 25

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Liverpool – 9+16 = 25

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 25 + 25 = 50

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 25+11 = 36

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Liverpool – 10+24 = 34

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 36 + 34 = 70

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 4+2 = 6

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Liverpool – 0+3 =3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 6 + 3 = 9

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 7+2 = 9

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Liverpool – 0+6 = 6

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 9 + 6 = 15

 

 

 Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 50/(50+9) = 84.7%
 Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 70/(70+15) = 82.3%

APPENDIX

Key Decisions in the Match Points
Advantage 1
Foul 1
Incorrect Corner 1
Incorrect Goal Kick 1
Incorrect Throw-in 1
Other (Ref Positioning, Injuries, Time Wasting, etc.) 1
Offside 1
Yellow Card 2
Red Card 3
Goal 3
Penalty 3

 

NOTE: FOR ANY WRONG DECISION MADE THERE WILL BE NEGATIVE POINTS AWARDED FOR THAT SPECIFIC KIND OF EVENT.

NOTE: ANY INCORRECT OR WRONG DECISION/NON-DECISION WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED WITH A RED COLOUR.

NOTE: ANY DECISION THAT INVOLVES DOUBT IS HIGHLIGHTED AS BLUE IN COLOR.

NOTE: The word ‘FOR’ is used to show IN FAVOR OF.

 

Michael Oliver was the ref for this match and one could say that in general he had an excellent match. Certainly compared to last season’s general standard.

In the first half his score was  86.2% and 83.3% (Weighted). Those are excellent scores. Only one mistake that was costly and that was the awarding of the free kick that lead to the Liverpool equaliser. Later on this could be looked upon as a game changing incident as it gave Liverpool a boost and Arsenal an unexpected setback.

In the second half the score was  83.3% and 81.3% (Weighted).  Excellent again. This time the only major mistake was the fact that Chambers was just slightly offside when he scored the 3rd Arsenal goal.

Score overall over the 90 minutes was  84.7% and 82.3% (Weighted).  Very consistent and an excellent fnal score. One could say each team had one goal wrongly given. And that itself is bad of course. So despite him having an excellent score still a bad feeling because getting the major decisions correct is something that we wish to happen.

First game of the season and a very good performance, but two major mistakes in the first game of the season is poor.


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13 comments to Ref Review: Arsenal – Liverpool

  • Goonermikey

    Normal service will be resumed……..we’ve got Clattenburg for Leicester!

  • Tom

    The Holding foul on coutinho was very soft to be sure, especially when you compare it to the mugging of Ozil last season against Norwich( was it?) that l resulted in a goal, but judged in the context of the Liverppol game I have less problem with it.

    It was on par with Henderson on Iwobi foul, with minimum contact in both cases, given in both cases.

    When you put your arms on another players neck , your are always taking a chance.

    Does this mean the ref cost Arsenal points?
    If so , how many?
    It’ll be interesting to see Mr. Andrew Crawshaw’s interpretation and his point tally on this one.

  • Usama Zaka

    Tom,

    I don’t think it cost Arsenal any points, because there was a wrong goal from both sides, so any difference is cancelled out.

  • colario

    Thank you for this.

  • excellent review, 100% fair and balanced.

  • goonersince72

    Better than expected from Oliver. Maybe Clattenburg will think he’s still at the CL and we might have a chance at Leicester. Gunners did the double over them last season so it should be interesting to say the least.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Nice work , guys. Thanks.

  • Pat

    Thanks for a very quick review. We can only hope this is a sign for the season. But would that be a miracle?

  • Menace

    Good review. The offside for Chambers was a difficult decision as there were a lot of players moving around. Luckily we benefitted to balance out the free kick that wasn’t.

  • finsbury

    TC @ 2.46

    They all are, going back many years now. Shame about the results! 🙂

  • Zuruvi

    Without reading this Ref Review (which could influence my opinion), I just wanted to say I found the referee quite good.
    I didn’t think he displayed any bias at all.

    I also think i really like the new rule that prevents players from rushing to the referee to agitate for a favourable decision or for an opponent to be punished. I think this new rule gives the referee to make unpressured decisions. Players such as Rooney and Gerrard always had extremely high influence on referees.
    My heart nearly stopped when Sanchez was fouled and Chambers ran towards the referee to “assist” in getting the Liverpoo player getting punished. I feared Chambers may get himself an unnecessary yellow card.

    Let’s hope the referee in our next game (against Leicester) will be good and fair.

  • thierryhenry22

    84%? We’ve had worse! Fair play to him for putting in a good performance. As a side note, I notice the haters aren’t in the comments section today. They usually say that you’re bias. Great article!

  • frOOm en ski

    Thanks for your great reviews!
    I’m happy to see that other fans have seen the same ref mistakes. I remember how I was upset by the PHANTOM foul given to lfc just before half-time, a superb gift to Coutinho who, of course, scored the FREE kick. It happens so many times that refs give this kind of opportunities to our adversaries.
    In this match, Arsenal should have gone to half-time 1-0 with a lot more confidence and nobody can tell how it would have finished.
    I think it has to be very difficult for Arsenal players to adjust the power of the contacts or tackles they do because of the refs decisions. Refs are used to give very soft or phantom faults against Arsenal players while thdy are used to let other sides hurt us a lot more stronger. Arsenal players must ask themselves what is really forbidden or authorized, and how to behave in this context.
    So are Arsenal players soft or are they afraid to be punished for a phantom fault?
    Do you remember when Xhaka has been sent off? Have you seen a softer direct red card so far?

    I am convinced that if referees had nothing to hide they would show fans a lot more transparency. That is not the case at all. So what can we conclude?

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