By Andrew Crawshaw
Our Match Officials this Saturday are :-
- Referee – Andre Marriner age 45 from the West Midlands and FIFA Accredited
- Assistant 1 – Simon Beck – from Bedfordshire and FIFA Accredited
- Assistant 2 – Andy Garratt – from the West Midlands
- Fourth Official – Michael Oliver – 31 years old from Northumberland and FIFA accredited
An experienced group of officials, Andy Garratt the only one without FIFA accreditation (although we know that FIFA accreditation is absolutely no guarantee that an official is in any way competent on a given day in an Arsenal game).
This will be the first game this season with Andre Marriner in charge of an Arsenal game, although his second for United – he was in charge of their 3 – 1 away win at Bournemouth in Matchweek 1 where he had an excellent match being named as joint Referee of the Week having made no wrong Important Decisions. We can but hope for a similarly good performance this week.
Here is the table of wrong decisions from our review referees performances from Matchweek 10
|This Week||Season to Date|
|Referee||2nd Yellow||Red Cards||Pens||Goals||Total||Games||2nd Yellow||Red Cards||Pens||Goals||Total||Avg|
Mr Marriner is solidly in mid table with 12 (an average of 1.7 wrong decisions in each of his 7 matches to date) he has also made 12 correct decisions.
|This Week||Season to Date|
|Referee||2nd Yellow||Red Cards||Penalties||Total||Games||2nd Yellow||Red Cards||Penalties||Total||Avg|
In 2015-16 we had Mr Marriner twice, once at home and once away (exactly how it should be) and we won both games
Newcastle v Arsenal 29 August 2015 (0 – 1)
76% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 33/67 and two wrong Important Decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties and goals). In Min 12 Thauvin fouled Bellerin in the penalty area for which he should have been booked and a penalty given (neither decisions were made); in Min 26 Thauvin was rightly given a yellow card but it should have been his second following the incident with Bellerin in the 12th minute.
Arsenal v Man City 21 December 2015 (2 – 1)
58% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 87/13 and two wrong Important Decisions. Min 59 Fernandinho should have had a second yellow card for a foul on Bellerin and in Min 61 Fernandinho should have had a third yellow card for a foul on Campbell his first card should have come in Min 31 for a foul on Campbell (the referee noted the foul and played an advantage but failed to issue the booking at the next halt in play).
In 2014-15 we again had Mr Marriner on two occasions, this time both at the Emirates; again we won both games.
Arsenal v Southampton 3 December 2014 (1 – 0)
59% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 77/23 and two wrong Important Decisions Min 87 a Southampton player punched the ball away from Giroud in the penalty area (luckily Ramsey scored from the rebound so this error was of no consequence but Marriner made no indication that he was willing to give a penalty) and Min 90+2 Alexis was fouled in the penalty area without the penalty being awarded.
Arsenal v Everton 1 Mar 2015 (2 – 0)
69% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 75/25 and one wrong Important Decision when in Min 53 Jagielka used his arms to block a Giroud shot in the penalty area, no penalty was awarded. In the first half only one not given foul by Coquelin on Jagielka, in the second half he made a flurry of mistakes at the start resulting in a much lower overall score than one would expect following his excellent first half.
- Andre Marriner is not normally a name that causes Arsenal supporters to quake in their boots and his numbers over the last two seasons bear that out. Four games and four wins.
- His actual numbers aren’t that great though, with only one game where he recorded more than the 70% minimum acceptable level and twice he was below the 60% mark.
- His bias numbers again aren’t terribly good although nowhere as bad as with the majority of the PGMO. In only one game was he approaching the 90% against Arsenal mark and he nearly got within the 60/40 acceptable level in one game.
- He hasn’t made too many mistakes in terms of Important Decisions in his last four Arsenal matches with 7, this is in line with his 1.7 per game average this year. Of the decisions he has got wrong they are evenly split between not given penalties (4) and players not getting second yellow cards (3).
- In his league games this year he has made 12 wrong decisions, 4 second yellow cards, three straight red cards, 4 penalties and one wrongly awarded goal.
- It is quite likely that on Saturday we will see
- 80% of the wrong decisions being in favour of Manchester United
- Manchester United players remaining on the pitch when they should have second yellow or red cards
- A not given penalty to Arsenal
- A penalty given to United
- A ‘soft’ sending off of an Arsenal player.
On the other hand, I could well be wrong and Mr Marriner will be as good in this game as he was on week 1 when United were away to Bournemouth and Untold gave him the referee of the Week award – let’s all hope that is the case.
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