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Ref Review: Watford – Arsenal

WATFORD vs. ARSENAL

  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 3
  • DATE: 27th August 2016
  • VENUE: Vicarage Road Stadium (Watford, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Kevin Friend
1st LINESMAN: Ian Hussin
2nd LINESMAN: Mick McDonough
4th OFFICIAL: Simon Hooper

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
00:48 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Odion Ighalo (Watford) Slight pull and trip from Xhaka on Ighalo, but Watford kept possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR WATFORD.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
01:53 Younes Kaboul (Watford) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Kaboul charged down Sanchez off the ball carelessly.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
07:09 Nordin Amrabat (Watford) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez jumped slightly to control the cross, when Amrabat came jumping in and hit Sanchez in the head with his right forearm.

CORRECT PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

3 (PENALTY)

 

16:01 Sebastian Prodl (Watford) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Walcott intercepted the ball inside the Watford’s half when Prodl  brought down Walcott carelessly in an attack breaking manner.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST PRODL.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

17:36 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Nordin Amrabat (Watford) Chamberlain tried to pull Amrabat shoulder’s from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)
24:15 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Valon Behrami (Watford) Slight trip  on Behrami by Sanchez. Watford kept possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR WATFORD.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
25:44 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Nordin Amrabat (Watford) Chamberlain pushed Amrabat in the back.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)
27:34 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Nordin Amrabat (Watford) Slight trip by Chamberlain on Amrabat, but Amrabat kept moving forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR WATFORD.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
28:17 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Nordin Amrabat (Watford) Monreal pushed Amrabat forward.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)
29:59 Jose Holebas (Watford) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Walcott reached to the ball first and pushed forward when Holebas charged into Walcott and brought him down. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)
30:39 Valon Behrami (Watford) Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Behrami tripped Xhaka from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
31:52 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Younes Kaboul (Watford) Sanchez tugged Kaboul’s shirt slightly from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)
34:24 Nordin Amrabat (Watford) Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Amrabat kept tugging back on Chamberlain

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
36:34 Nordin Amrabat (Watford) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Amrabat had the ball on the right wing. He was shielding the ball from Koscienly. While shielding, Amrabat clearly had a hold Koscienly’s shirt. Amrabat kept pulling his shirt while turning to attack for about 3-4 seconds.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
40:44 Jose Holebas (Watford) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Holebas clipped Bellerin’s heel from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
42:15 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Odion Ighalo (Watford) Xhaka went sliding in to Ighalo who evaded the challenge and kept going forward.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR WATFORD.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
45:00 Odion Ighalo (Watford) No replay or live footage shown. Assumed correct.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST IGHALO.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 6

Number of Correct Fouls for Watford – 4

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 10 [10 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 1 [1 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Advantages for Watford – 4

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 4 [4 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Watford – 0

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 0

 

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Penalties for Watford – 0

Total Number of Correct Penalties –1 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 0

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
05:14 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Younes Kaboul (Watford) Ozil was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Mick McDonough made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR WATFORD.

1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Offsides for Watford – 1

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 1 [1 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Watford –  0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides – 0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
08:57 Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
39:24 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) The referee used the Goal Line Technology to confirm the validity of the goal. The ball had crossed the line. Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
45:38 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Watford – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 3 [9 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0

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 – 6+2+1+3 = 12

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 12 + 9 = 21

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 6+4+3+9 = 22

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Watford – 4+4+1 = 9

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 22 + 9 = 31

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Watford –  0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 1 + 0 = 1

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 1

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 1 + 0 = 1

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 21/(21+1) = 95.4%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 31/(31+1) = 96.8%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
45:30 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) The ball bounced high up when Sanchez tried to control the ball, and hit his arm.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)
47:59 Etienne Capoue (Watford) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Capoue brought down Walcott with a mistimed tackle.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
50:31 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Nordin Amrabat (Watford) Amrabat was trying to run forward when Chamberlain kept holding his arm. The referee correctly called a foul.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Chamberlain for committing his 4th foul of the match. This was an act of persistent fouling but no card was given.

 

Conduct in the technical area PAGE 85

A player is cautioned if guilty of:

• delaying the restart of play

• dissent by word or action

• entering, re-entering or deliberately leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission

• failing to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, free kick or throw-in

• persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game (no specific number or pattern of infringements constitutes “persistent”)

• unsporting behaviour

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST CHAMBERLAIN.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

53:41 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Roberto Pereyra (Watford) Monreal fell down from behind on Pereyra, tripping him in the process.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)
58:27 Nordin Amrabat (Watford) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Monreal intercepted the ball from Amrabat when Amrabat pushed him down from the side. The ref played an advantage.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Amrabat for committing his 4th foul of the match. This was an act of persistent fouling but no card was given.

 

Conduct in the technical area PAGE 85

A player is cautioned if guilty of:

• delaying the restart of play

• dissent by word or action

• entering, re-entering or deliberately leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission

• failing to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, free kick or throw-in

• persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game (no specific number or pattern of infringements constitutes “persistent”)

• unsporting behaviour

 

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST AMRABAT FOR PERSISTENT FOULING.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

59:00 Troy Deeney (Watford) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Deeney came in with a high foot recklessly on to Monreal who trying to clear the ball out. This was a clear act of reckless play from Deeney.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST DEENEY.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

59:59 Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Etienne Capoue (Watford) Cazorla tried to pull back on Capoue, but Watford kept possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR WATFORD.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
63:07 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) The ball hit Sanchez’s stretched after deflecting of Ozil. Unintentional but obstructed Watford’s play.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)
63:28 Jose Holebas (Watford) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Holebas tripped Walcott from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
65:08 Etienne Capoue (Watford) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Capoue tripped Bellerin from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
65:30 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sebastian Prodl (Watford) Prodl had the hold of Sanchez with both of his arm around his upper body. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but instead the referee gave a foul against Arsenal when Prodl tripped over Sanchez.

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

-1 (FOUL)

66:01 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Nordin Amrabat (Watford) No clear angle of the foul available. Assumed correct.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)
68:45 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Etienne Capoue (Watford) Capoue had a continuous hold of Chamberlain’s shirt before and after controlling the ball. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but instead the referee gave a foul against Chamberlain who did not make any foul contact (kick, trip, pull, push).

WRONG FOUL AGAINST ARSENAL.

NO FOUL FOR ARSEANL.

-1 (FOUL)

-1 (FOUL)

70:47 Nordin Amrabat (Watford) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Monreal intercepted the ball from Amrabat when Amrabat pulled down Monreal from behind. The referee correctly played an advantage.

 

But this also should have been a yellow card against Amrabat for committing his 5th foul of the match. This was an act of persistent fouling but no card was given.

 

Conduct in the technical area PAGE 85

A player is cautioned if guilty of:

• delaying the restart of play

• dissent by word or action

• entering, re-entering or deliberately leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission

• failing to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, free kick or throw-in

• persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game (no specific number or pattern of infringements constitutes “persistent”)

• unsporting behaviour

 

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST AMRABAT.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

 

74:36 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Nordin Amrabat (Watford) Sanchez tripped Amrabat from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)
75:30 Nordin Amrabat (Watford) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Wilshere was on the counter attack when Amrabat charged in and brought him down. A clear attack breaking foul. The referee correctly gave a foul and a yellow card.

 

But this should have been Amrabat’s second yellow card, which means that by now he should have been sent off. But no red card was given.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST AMRABAT.

NO RED CARD AGAINST AMRABAT.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

76:29 Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Etienne Capoue (Watford) Cazorla tripped Capoue from behind, but Watford tried to keep possession. Referee played advantage and then correctly called back for a foul.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR WATFORD.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

1 (FOUL)

82:22 Valon Behrami (Watford) Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Behrami came in lunging from the front with his studs clearly making strong contact on Walcott’s shin. The referee correctly gave a foul.

 

But this was a clear act of serious foul play from Behrami. The referee decided to give a lesser punishment in the form of a yellow card when it should have been a red card against Behrami. But no red card was given.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

WRONG YELLOW CARD AGAINST BEHRAMI.

NO RED CARD AGAINST BEHRAMI.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

-3 (RED CARD)

83:51 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Etienne Capoue (Watford) Bellerin tried to tug Capoue in possession from the side.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)
84:51 Roberto Pereyra (Watford) Mohamed El Nenny (Arsenal) Pereyra tripped El Nenny from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
87:32 Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) Jose Holebas (Watford) Wilshere charged into Holebas and brought him down.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

1 (FOUL)
88:37 Etienne Capoue (Watford) Mohamed El Nenny (Arsenal) Capoue charged into El Nenny and brought him down.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
88:47 Jose Holebas (Watford) Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) Holebas deliberately charged with his elbow in to Wilshere from behind. Clear act of recklessness.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST HOLEBAS.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

90:22 Sebastian Prodl (Watford) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Prodl tried kick to Sanchez from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
90:46 Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) Jose Holebas (Watford) Wilshere charged into Holebas but he kept on running.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR WATFORD.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
91:05 Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) Etienne Capoue (Watford) Wilshere tried to push Capoue off the ball. Wilshere then showed clear signs of dissent towards the referee.

CORRECT FOUL FOR WATFORD.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST WILSHERE.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

93:00 Valon Behrami (Watford) Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) Trip on Wilshere by Behrami.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 11

Number of Correct Fouls for Watford – 10

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 21 [21 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 4

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 4 [4 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Advantages for Watford – 3

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 5 [5 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Watford – 1

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

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Watford – 2

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

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Red Cards for Watford – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 0

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 2

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 2 [6 points]

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
48:45 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Christian Kabasele (Watford) Walcott was in an offside position. Assistant referee Ian Hussin failed to make the correct call.

NO OFFSIDE FOR WATFORD.

-1 (OFFSIDE)
51:10 Roberto Pereyra (Watford) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Pereyra was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Mick McDonough made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
52:00 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Younes Kaboul (Watford) Walcott was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Ian Hussin made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR WATFORD.

1 (OFFSIDE)
64:12 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Younes Kaboul (Watford) Walcott was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Ian Hussin made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR WATFORD.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Watford – 2

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 3 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Watford –  1

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides –  1 [1 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
56:29 Roberto Pereyra (Watford) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR WATFORD.

3 (GOAL)
Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Goals for Watford – 1

Total Number of Correct Goals – 1 [3 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Watford – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 0


Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 11+2+3+1 = 17

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Watford – 10+3+1+2+1 = 17

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 17 + 17 = 34

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 11+2+6+1 = 20

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Watford – 10+3+2+2+3 = 20

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 20 + 20 = 40

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 4+2+2 = 8

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Watford – 2+1 =3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 8 + 3 = 11

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 4+4+6 = 14

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Watford – 4+1 = 5

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 14 + 5 = 19

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 34/(34+11) = 75.5%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 40/(40+19) = 67.7%

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 12+17 = 29

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Watford – 9+17 = 26

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 29 + 26 = 55

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 22+20 = 42

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Watford – 9+20 = 29

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 42 + 29 = 71

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1+8 = 9

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 9 + 3 = 12

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 1+14 = 15

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Watford – 0+5 = 5

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 15 + 5 = 20

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 55/(55+12) = 82.1%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 71/(71+20) = 78.0%

 

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.

NOTE: All the Laws Of The Game used are referenced directly from the following link. “LAWS OF THE GAME 2016-2017”

http://static-3eb8.kxcdn.com/documents/60/Laws%20of%20the%20Game_16-17_Digital_Eng.pdf

 

The ref for this match was Kevin Friend.

And he had to be alert from the start. After having his first two calls correct he was faced with a penalty decision early in the match. Alexis headed a ball in the Watford penalty area and I don’t know what got into Amrabat but he jumped in the back of Alexis leading with his arm and clashed against the back and the head of Alexis. As clear as a foul can be and as it happened to be in the penalty area the only punishment is a penalty.

Amrabat and a few other Watford players surrounding the ref who could and probably should have booked the first but he let them off the hook. Also a slight moment of hesitation before he blew the whistle but that might have been down to the surprise of such a blatant foul. But giving an early penalty in favour of Arsenal is what has happened to Friend before. Mind you in both cases (I think Aston Villa away last season) the decision was spot on.

Friend built on this big decision and was almost without error in the first half. We only found one missed foul on Walcott from Holebas around the half hour mark. But for the rest his decisions were great.

His first half score was:  95.4% and 96.8% (Weighted) A near perfect score.

In the second half his decisions were still very good but he didn’t go deep enough when the cards should have been given.

We feel that he should have given Oxlade-Chamberlain a yellow card for persistent fouling. Around the 50th minute he committed his 4th foul and as it was a blatant pull he should have been booked.

This continued with Amrabat who also was fouling rather frequently and should have been booked at least around the 60th minute. Deeney was correctly booked when he fouled Monreal but the cards for persistent fouling stayed in the pocket.

After Watford had scored their goal the ref was a bit lenient for Watford and gave a few wrong fouls against Arsenal. Maybe the ref was a bit under the influence of the crowd?

Anyway the biggest error we found was in minute 82. Behrami lunged in for a frontal tackle on Walcott and planted his studs on the shin of Walcott who luckily was off the floor. Studs showing, frontal tackle, foot off the ground… this should have been a red card and not a yellow.  This type of tackle is the one we should see banned from football as it can cause very serious injury. Ask Aaron, ask Eduardo.

That for me was a bit of a downer on an otherwise good referee performance.

The score in the second half dropped a bit to : 75.5% and 67.7% (Weighted). What we could call a good score.

The overall over the 90 minutes was : 82.1% and 78.0% (Weighted). A very good final score!

There were 2 major wrong decisions.

1. At Minute 75:30 Amrabat should have been sent off for a second yellow card.

2. At Minute 82:22 Behrami should have been sent off for a straight red card.

There was also 1 major correct deicsion, when Arsenal given the penalty at 07:09

The bias was mostly against Arsenal but this happened in a period when Watford tried to get back in the match and Friend lost a little bit of his excellent decision making he displayed before.

All in all I would love to see more reviews like this. Just getting rid of the persistent fouling by giving yellow cards for it might be one thing we would like to see improved.

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The anniversaries of the day – the start of Highbury and the Eternal Run

  • 30 August 1913: the first ever match played at the Gillespie Road ground, later renamed Highbury.  It was the third training match of the pre-season, with the previous two being played at Fulham and Millwall as the pitch was not ready.  This game was played behind closed doors, and was probably between the first team and the reserves although no exact details are available.
  • 30 August 1919: Arsenal started the longest run in the top division in the history of English football by coincidence playing the same team that they played in their first league game.  The match was lost 0-1 to Newcastle.  It was also the first match as manager for Leslie Knighton plus the first appearance ofAlfred Baker, Henry White and Ernie Williamson.

The full index of 5000 Arsenal anniversaries is on Arsenal on this Day while the full list day by day appears on the Home Page of Untold Arsenal

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12 comments to Ref Review: Watford – Arsenal

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Three Ames in to the season and in all of them the refereeing has been significantly better than last season by the same referees. A promising start

  • ithi

    Great review. I’d missed the Ox (deserved) card, and somehow the Behrami incident too. Went back and watched that and couldn’t agree more. The way he lunges in there is out of control and extremely reckless.

  • Dan

    Most biased review ever. Friend should of worn an arsenal shirt. How can a Luton fan referee a Watford game?

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Is an exodus of Gunners going on at Arsenal this season?
    1.Wojciech Szczesny loan – Roma.
    2.Issac Hayden sold – Newcastle.
    3.Calum Chambers loan – Middlesbrough.
    4.Jack Wilshere loan – Undisclosed.
    5.Serge Gnabry sold – Bayern Munich. (Not confirmed)
    Who will be the next to be moved out before this deadline day passes away.

    We hope to see an upgrade in the deliveries of match officiatings by the Pgmol match officials in the Premier League games this season. And for us in particular in Arsenal games in all domestic matches. So far so good for us in the 3 EPL games we’ve played already. There is no any serious complaints against the Pgmol officials that they were against us in these 3 games we played. And I hope the case will remain in force up to the end of the season. Fairness and Justice by the Pgmol officials are all that we have been asking for and are still asking for them be applied by the Pgmol officials in all Arsenal games. So the Pgmol officials, please and please treat us fairly and let justice be seen done in all our games throughout this season.

  • Dan

    But to temper my rant at ref. Arsenal were very good first half and I hope they win the league!

  • Leon

    Amazing that BBC 5Live were slating the referee for most of the match for “bad decisions” which favoured Arsenal. I didn’t see the game so am not in a position to dispute one way or another.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    In my earlier comment, I forgot to include the name of Joel Campbell among the list of our Gunners who had existed Arsenal or is about to exist Arsenal either on loan or on permanent basis this summer. Campbell is therefore the sixth Gunner on my list. I know we all know this. But I feel to exercise my brain a little.

  • Mandy Dodd

    Thanks for the review….seems Friend deserves some praise for a decent performance

  • Menace

    SAA use a dictionary. Exist & exit two words with different meanings.

    The reviews are showing good officiating but reality is very different. We have yet to see the EPL overview. That tells us a more rounded story. My own view is that PGMOL still need to be disbanded & replaced with a diverse mix of officials with random selection.

  • Florian

    A great piece of refereeing indeed. Funny how that hears when the subject is a PGMOB employee. I can’t help fearing that the standard will drop when we get back close to the top of the standings. Until then, enjoy the ride.

  • WalterBroeckx

    It would be much appreciated that in case people don’t agree with the review they would come up with their own review and show us where we went wrong. It’s easy to dismis something with one sentence but if you want to be teaken serious you have to offer more. A bit evidence might help…

  • thierryhenry22

    Brilliant review. The refs seem to have been off our backs a lot more recently which I like- I just hope they haven’t got any tricks up their sleeves as the season goes on. If they carry on with this form though, we will be right up there at the end of the season!