by Andrew Crawshaw
Our match officials are :-
- Referee – Mike Dean – 48 years old from Mersyside
- First Assistant – Simon Long – from Suffolk
- Second Assistant – Ian Hussin – from Mersyside
- Fourth Official – Tim Robinson – from West Sussex
Well Mr Dean needs no introductions – disliked by the entirety of the Arsenal Support it should make for a united crowd on Saturday afternoon if nothing else.
Sean Long has been partnered with Mike Dean in each of his 8 games this year, Ian Hussin has done four. Ian was also on show in our game away at Watford when I have a flag against him for failing to flag Theo offside in Min 49.
Tim Robinson is one of the referees who normally looks after Championship matches, one suspects he has been invited to see ‘how it’s done’. He was on hand as fourth official last week in the Bournemouth v Hull game.
How has Mr Dean performed so far this season? Here are the figures up to Matchweek 7, they are sorted in decreasing order by the average number of wrong decisions per game :-
|Incorrect Decisions Season to Date||Total correct decisions||Correct – incorrect decisions|
So on one hand we can say that Mr Dean hasn’t had a very good season, averaging 2 wrong Important Decisions per game, on the other hand he is actually getting quite a lot of the same decisions right. I’m sure that Gord will confirm that statistically none of these figures are terribly significant (the scores for Jon Moss and Anthony Taylor are below the mean less 1* standard deviation and that for Mark Clattenberg is higher than the mean plus 1* Standard deviation) . I’ll have a closer look at them when I do the first quarter referee analysis following the analysis of all of this week’s games
Historically Mr Dean has done a plethora of Arsenal games – in order to keep this report reasonably brief I will only include those from the last two years. If you want any more just enter his name in the search pane on the site and you will find as many as you wish. If you have time I would suggest that you have a look at the full report of the Chelsea v Arsenal game to get a true flavour of Mr Dean’s machinations.
Last Season 2015-16 we only had him twice
Chelsea v Arsenal (2 – 0) 19 Sept 2015
|Ref Review : Chelsea – Arsenal. How Mike Dean & Co screwed an entire game|
In many ways this was a typical Mike Dean performance. 41% overall weighted score, bias against the team of 5/95 and nine wrong Important Decisions (Second Yellow or Red cards, penalties and goals). Taking them in time order
- Min 33 Costa should have had a second yellow card for dissent,
- Min 43 Costa should have a straight red for an assault on Kos,
- Min 43 – 23 seconds later he should have another red card for a second assault on Kos barging him to the ground in an off the ball incident,
- Min 45 Fabregas should have a second yellow card for dissent angrily urging Mr Dean to send off Gabriel,
- Min 45 Gabriel wrongly red carded for seeming to hit Costa (this one was rescinded by the FA so there can’t be ant doubt about it),
- Min 45+1 in the aftermath of the Gabriel incident Zouma should have a red card for hands around Gabriel’s throat,
- Min 52 Chelsea wrongly awarded a free kick from which they scored – goal shouldn’t have counted and
- Min 63 Oscar was given a yellow card for a foul on Kos but he should have had a first in Min 11 for an earlier foul on Kos.
As I said a typical selection of all of Mr Dean’s tricks. Allowing our opponents free range to assault our players, awarding ‘phantom’ fouls in dangerous areas, using his own bizarre interpretations of the rules and generally screwing Arsenal from the first whistle to the last. Had the rules been correctly interpreted Chelsea should have ended with 7 men and Arsenal would certainly have won the game.
Sunderland v Arsenal (0 – 0) 24 April 2016
66% weighted score this time but the bias was even worse than the Chelsea game at 0/100. There was only one wrong Important Decision when in Min 79 Kaboul should have been dismissed for denying Wellbeck a clear goal scoring opportunity. This incident came so late in the game that I felt it unlikely that it cost us any points.
In 2014-15 we had him for three games (but only two have reviews)
Arsenal v Man United (1 – 2) 22 November 2014
|Imagine a ref who only gets half his decisions right: Arsenal – MU ref review|
53% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 80/20 and four wrong Important Decisions.
- Min 15 Shaw first used his arms then tripped Wilshere in the penalty area,
- Min 50 McNair should have a straight red card for the tackle that put Wilshere out for months (it wasn’t even called a foul),
- Min 55 an offside Fellaini clearly interfering with play pushes Gibbs into Szcz allowing a United goal. All incidents except the goal ignored by Dean.
- Min 90+7 Di Maria collapses, is helped to his feet by Chambers who is elbowed in the face right in front of Dean should have been a straight red card. Another game where Arsenal were denied justice by a referee.
Man City v Arsenal (0 – 2) 18 January 2015
|Ref Review : Manchester City – Arsenal: A master class performance!|
63% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 27/73 and two wrong Important Decisions. Min 40 Kompany should have a second yellow card for a foul and dissent, Min 55 he should have had another yellow card for a two footed challenge on Alexis. This game is a rarity – a win with Mike Dean in Charge. He even awarded us a penalty which is virtually unheard of!
As I have said before, Mr Dean knows the rules – Forwards, Backwards and Sideways. The trouble is he is highly selective when he comes to interpreting them. He is generally known for the strictest possible interpretations of the rules for Arsenal players and the most lax interpretations for our opponents.
The penalty against Man City in January 2015 was remarkable as it was the first in something like 8 years, he normally finds a reason not to give them so don’t expect one on Saturday.
Of all of the referees in the current PGMO roster, Mr Dean is the one I least like to see appointed for an Arsenal game. I know he is going to screw us at some point in the game, it is just difficult to predict exactly how.
He is a master of the ‘phantom foul’ allowing opponents a cheap shot at goal.
He nearly always turns a blind eye to serious foul play against our players and his bias in decisions against Arsenal is legendary (93 and 100% in the two games last season).
I will be glad when the game is over and hope that we still have 11 players fully mobile.
If ever there is a case where we need to start brightly and score goals in the first 15 minutes of the game this is it. That is about the only way we can take Mr Dean out of the game.
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