by Andrew Crawshaw
Before I look ahead to the game on Saturday, a brief recap from last week. Michael Oliver had a good overall score and certainly far better than I was expecting with an 82% overall weighted score and bias of 60/40 against the two teams. He did make two wrong Important Decisions, Liverpool’s opening goal coming from an incorrectly awarded free kick and Chambers being offside when he headed our third goal.
The reviewers agreed that a yellow card was sufficient punishment for Llana’s foul on Ramsey in Min26. So overall the score should have been 2 – 3 to Liverpool and no points were robbed by the referee.
We should be grateful that we didn’t have the kind of performance that Anthony Taylor (another FIFA Accredited referee) produced on Monday when he made a complete cock-up of the Chelsea v West Ham game. 5 wrong Important decisions, Chelsea should have had two penalties but both Costa and Kante should have been dismissed.
On to Saturday – our officials are
- Referee – Mark Clattenberg – FIFA Accredited – Durham
- Assistant Referee 1 – Jake Collin – FIFA Accredited – Mersyside
- Assistant Referee 2 – Simon Bennett – FIFA Accredited – Staffordshire
- Fourth Official – Andre Marriner – FIFA Accredited – West Midlands
So for the second week in a row a very experienced refereeing team, all being FIFA Accredited so again there should be no excuses for them making any major mistakes. Mr Clattenberg had a week off last week – maybe he was allowed a four week break following the Euro Final as were our players, or maybe it took that long for the ink on his celebratory tattoos to dry.
Last season 2015-16 we had the pleasure of Mr Clattenberg on four occasions
21 November WBA v Arsenal (2-1) Ref Review : WBA – Arsenal
42% overall weighted performance, bias against the two teams 9/91 and 5 wrong Important Decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties and goals).
- Min 34 Arteta was penalised for a ‘Phantom Foul” from which West Brom scored (no foul so no free kick so no goal),
- Min 46 Olsson wrestled Giroud to the ground in the penalty area should have resulted in a penalty for Arsenal and a second yellow card for Olsson neither of which were given,
- Min 75 Morrison should have had a second yellow card for a foul on Campbell,
- Min 84 the penalty that Arsenal was correctly awarded should have been retaken due to encroachment by two West Brom players. A minimum of two points and almost certainly three robbed by Mr Clattenberg
24 January Arsenal v Chelsea (0-1)
|Referee Review: Arsenal – Chelsea|
76% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 35/65 and one wrong Important Decision when in Min 56 Kos fouled Fabregas in our penalty area and Mr Clattenberg didn’t award the penalty. A game where Mr Clattenberg had a decent enough game, didn’t affect the result and even gave a balance of wrong decisions in favour of Arsenal
19 March Everton v Arsenal (0-2)
|Ref Review: Everton – Arsenal, more of the terrible the same….|
43% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 6/94 and two wrong Important Decisions. Min 34 both Besic and Funes fouled Alexis in the penalty area, no penalty given, Min81 Funes should have been given a second yellow card for a foul on Giroud. Awful refereeing despite which we won the game.
15 May Arsenal 4 Aston Villa 0
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Aston Villa: did we see any change in referee approach in the last game of the season?|
64% overall, bias against the two teams 58/42 and 3 wrong Important Decisions. Min 5 the goal from Giroud shouldn’t have counted as it had gone out of play before reaching him, Min 23 and 51 We should have had two penalties each one for a foul on Giroud by Toner. Below the 70% minimum acceptable level but the bias numbers were just within the 60/40 point so not too bad from that point of view.
Four appearances then from a FIFA Accredited referee and only one was above the 70% minimum acceptable level. No fewer than 11 wrong Important Decisions which is totally unacceptable. One game where his errors ensured that we lost.
Going back to the previous season 2014-15 and we again had him for two games
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Man City|
71% Overall, bias against the two teams 73/27 and two wrong Important Decisions. Min 45 Milner should have a second yellow card for a foul and Min 76 Wilshere should have conceded a penalty for handball. The game ended as a 2 – 2 draw, City should probably have won it 3 – 2 so two points gifted to Arsenal.
|Ref Review: Crystal Palace – Arsenal|
80% overall, bias against the two teams of 18/82 and 2 wrong Important Decisions. Min2 Özil called back erroneously for offside (he was a meter onside and finished the ball into the net) Min 3 Coquelin should have been dismissed for a high foot on Campbel. I called this one as three points gained by Arsenal from the incorrect refereeing decisions.
- Despite being an extremely high profile referee – he refereed both the Champions League and Euro 2016 finals last season – Mr Clattenberg can at times be truly abysmal as he showed in all three of our games last year.
- He likes to ‘let the game flow’ and seems to ignore the rules of the game at times to allow that to happen. A yellow or red card foul should always be given even if it means disturbing the flow of the game.
- He was awful last season at giving penalties. He failed to correctly award six in the four games.
- Like all referees he is likely to award our opponents a ‘Phantom Foul’ in a dangerous area and all of our players need to be extra vigilant to avoid giving him an excuse to do so.
- The points he took off us last season balanced those he gave us the season before. We don’t want that kind of yo-yo refereeing, two wrongs don’t make a right. Please prove to us that you are a competent referee with a balanced performance on Saturday and that the crap you showed us last year was an abberation.
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