Arsenal v Spurs Sunday 6 November 2016
by Andrew Crawshaw
Before I look ahead to our game, Bournemouth will be enjoying the pleasures of Mike Dean for a third time this season in their game against Sunderland on Saturday.
What’s more Liverpool have Michael Oliver for a third time in their game against Watford.
This is only matchweek 11 for heaven’s sake and to have the same referee every four weeks is just plain wrong.
OK rant over.
Our Match Officials for the Derby on Sunday are :-
- Referee – Mark Clattenburg – 41 years old from Durham and FIFA accredited
- Assistant 1 – Jake Collin – from Mersyside and FIFA accredited
- Assistant 2 – Simon Bennett – from Staffordshire and FIFA accredited
- Fourth Official – Andre Marriner – from the West Midlands and FIFA accredited
If the appointments have a familiar ring about them it’s because we had exactly the same crew for our second match of the season away to Leicester which resulted in a 0 – 0 draw.
In that game the officials didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory almost certainly costing us two points.
How has Mr Clattenburg done in his matches so far this season? Taking the data from our Matchweek 8 roundup we have the following league table :-
|Matchweek 8||Season to date|
|Referee||2nd Yell||Red||Pen||Goal||Tot||Games||2nd Yell||Red||Pen||Goal||Tot||Avg|
In the first 8 weeks of the season, Mr Clattenburg held the whistle on four occasions and averaged two wrong Important Decisions per game. Against that we have also credited him with getting 12 penalty decisions right so his positive decisions outnumber his wrong ones.
The next question to ask is has his performances in Arsenal games this season matched those against other clubs? To answer that I will look in far more detail in his only previous Arsenal game this season.
|Ref Review : Leicester – Arsenal|
58.9% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 3/97 and 3 wrong Important Decisions (Second Yellow Cards, Red Cards, Penalties and Goals).
- Min 21 Vardy should have had a second yellow card for a scissor kick on Monreal (he should have had a first in Min 18 for a high foot on Monreal);
- Min 31 Arsenal should have had a penalty for Morgan holding Koscielny and
- Min 42 Arsenal should have had a second penalty for Huth holding Holding. So thw points denied to Arsenal and I can only conclude that with a weighted score of below 60% and a bias against Arsenal of nearly 100% he was definitely worse for us than other teams.
In addition to the poor decisions from the referee Mr Bennett got in on the act by failing to flag Walcott offside in Min 22 – this was the only incorrect decision in the entire game that went in Arsenal’s favour.
Last season 2015-16 we had the pleasure of Mr Clattenberg on four occasions
21 November WBA v Arsenal (2-1)
42% overall weighted performance, bias against the two teams 9/91 and 5 wrong Important Decisions.
- 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 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 Campbell. I called this one as three points gained by Arsenal from the incorrect refereeing decisions.
Mr Clattenburg hasn’t yet featured in a Spurs game this season.
- For a FIFA Accredited referee Mr Clattenburg is usually as much use as a chocolate fireguard when it comes to Arsenal games.
- His overall weighted performance scores in his last seven Arsenal games have been 58.9, 42, 76, 43, 64, 71 and 80. Four games well below the minimum acceptable level of 70 and only two significantly better. 18 wrong Important Decisions in those seven games so roughly two and a half per game confirming that he is worse in Arsenal games than his league average for this year.
- Of those 18 decisions, 6 should have resulted in players being sent off, nine should have resulted in penalties (or penalty retakes) and 3 were wrongly awarded goals.
- His bias numbers are usually well up to the PGMO normal levels 97, 91, 94, 73 and 82% against Arsenal in the last 7 games, one game was within th e60/40 acceptable level and the final one was actually 65/35 in our favour which, no doubt, earned him a severe dressing down from his masters (I don’t think we can expect that kind of score on Saturday).
- He is far too lenient when it comes to poor challenges and despite him having a better than average eye for a penalty this year still misses far too many.
- He is also another referee partial to the old “phantom foul’ con trick. Blowing for a non-existent foul within striking distance of the Arsenal goal and giving our opposition a chance to score.
- We can expect to see at least three wrong Important Decisions, probably 2 penalties and a non sending off. The majority of the wrong decisions will favour Spurs.
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