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REF REVIEW BOURNEMOUTH – ARSENAL:

By the referee team

  • BOURNEMOUTH vs. ARSENAL
  • COMPETITION: English Premier League
  • MATCH NO. 20
  • DATE: 3rd January 2017
  • VENUE: Vitality Stadium (Bournemouth, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Michael Oliver
1st LINESMAN: Stuart Burt
2nd LINESMAN: Simon Bennett
4th OFFICIAL: Graham Scott

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
00:08 Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Wilson charged from the front in to the jump of Koscienly.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
05:20 Nathan Ake (Bournemouth) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud was standing in his place waiting for the header when Ake jumped on his back from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
07:14 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Steve Cook (Bournemouth) Giroud pushed Cook out of his way to receive the ball.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (FOUL)
11:47 Petr Cech (Arsenal) Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) Cech slid down forward with his arms stretched to push the ball out of Wilson’s path. Cech managed to do so cleanly and then Wilson collided after the ball was played.

 

01. Cech Wilson Non-Penalty

01. Cech Wilson Non-Penalty002

 

CORRECT NON-PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

3 (NON-PENALTY)
18:16 Simon Francis (Bournemouth) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez was brought down with a two-footed sliding tackle from Francis. It wasn’t an excessively dangerous two-footed challenge but was reckless enough for a yellow card.

 

No yellow card was shown against Francis for a reckless foul.

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST FRANCIS.

1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

19:00 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Joshua King (Bournemouth) No clear angle shown live and no clear enough footage available. Assumed correct.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

 

19:08 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) Xhaka pushed Fraser with his forearm in the back and also slightly tripped him at the feet inside the penalty area. Nothing reckless or attack breaking but was clearly careless.

 

05. Xhaka Fraser Penalty

05. Xhaka Fraser Penalty002

05. Xhaka Fraser Penalty003

 

CORRECT PENALTY FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

3 (PENALTY)
24:44 Joshua King (Bournemouth)  Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) King tripped Coquelin from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
30:56 Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) Fraser was in control of the ball when Bellerin made a late sliding from the side missing the ball and bringing down Fraser in a reckless manner.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST BELLERIN.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

38:28 Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Gosling charged down Iwobi from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
42:21 Steve Cook (Bournemouth) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Cook came in late with a sliding tackle from behind on Sanchez. Clear reckless play.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST COOK.

1 (ADVANTAGE)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

45:31 Joshua King (Bournemouth) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) No correct angle of the foul was shown. Assumed correct.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
47:22 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) Wilson was running forward on a counter attack when Ramsey charged him down from behind inside the Arsenal’s half. Clear attack breaking foul.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST RAMSEY.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

   
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 6

Number of Correct Fouls for Bournemouth – 3

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 9 [9 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 0

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Advantages for Bournemouth – 1

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Bournemouth – 2

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 3 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards – 1 [2 points]

 

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Penalties for Bournemouth – 1

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 2 [6 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 0

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
06:20 Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) Wilson was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Stuart Burt made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
14:33 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Simon Francis (Bournemouth) This is where the wait and see offside rule hasn’t been performed to perfection. But as Ramsey was running albeit slowly in the direction of the ball the assistant thought he would be involved. But from an assistant-referee point of view it’s one of those decisions where you think: raised it too quickly. There is a strong case for both being given/not given. So the onfield decision can be considered correct.

 

02. Ramsey Offside

02. Ramsey Offside002

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (OFFSIDE)
32:54 Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Simon Francis (Bournemouth) Iwobi was in an offside position. Assistant Referee Simon Bennett made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (OFFSIDE)
47:09 Harry Arter (Bournemouth) Laurent Koscienly (Arsenal) No replay or correct angle was shown. Assumed correct. Assistant Referee Stuart Burt made the correct call.

CORRECT OFFSIDE FOR ARSENAL.

1 (OFFSIDE)
Number of Correct Offsides for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Offsides for Bournemouth – 2

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 2 [4 points]

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Bournemouth –  0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides –  0

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
15:56 Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

3 (GOAL)
20:00 Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

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

Number of Correct Goals for Bournemouth – 2

Total Number of Correct Goals – 2 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Goals against Bournemouth – 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+1+1+1+2 = 11

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 11 + 11 = 22

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 6+1+2+3+2 = 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Bournemouth – 3+1+4+3+2+6 = 19

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 14 + 19 = 33

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 1 + 0 = 1

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 2

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

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 2 + 0 = 2

 

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 22/(22+1) = 95.6%

 

 

First Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 33/(33+2) = 94.2%

 

Second Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points
45:36 Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Stanislas clearly made a short pull on Sanchez from behind. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

48:11 Simon Francis (Bournemouth) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez fell down in the penalty area after dribbling forward, under the pressure of Francis. No replays were shown and no conclusive angle was available. Ref’s onfield decisions stands.

 

12. Sanchez Penalty

CORRECT NON-PENALTY FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

3 (NON-PENALTY)

 

49:44 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) Wilson was tripped by Mustafi with mistimed standing tackle.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (FOUL)

 

51:41 Joshua King (Bournemouth) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Giroud with a slide pushed the ball away and then King moved his foot in the direction of the ankle of Giroud who was on the floor and kicked at his ankle when the ball already meters away, that looks like a deliberate kick and should have been punished with a yellow card, no excessive force used as it was a foot down to the grass but more a sideways kick

 

14. King foul Giroud Yellow

14. King foul Giroud Yellow002

14. King foul Giroud Yellow003

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST KING.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

54:58 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) Chamberlain pulled back on Fraser’s shoulders in the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (FOUL)
56:09 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) Mustafi jumped in the back of Wilson for the header, but Bournemouth maintained possession.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
57:13 Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Both players chased after the ball inside the Arsenal’s half, when Fraser used his forearm to push Bellerin in the back. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

 

It was a very similar forearm push to what Xhaka did on Fraser in the first half.

 

16. Fraser Foul Bellerin Goal

16. Fraser Foul Bellerin Goal002

16. Fraser Foul Bellerin Goal003

16. Fraser Foul Bellerin Goal004

 

NO FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

-1 (FOUL)

 

59:45 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) Mustafi made careless trip on Wilson from the side.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (FOUL)

 

65:51 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Arsenal) Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) Fraser was running forward in the penalty box when Chamberlain made a last ditch tackle from behind, cleanly kicking out the ball away from Fraser.

 

18. Fraser Ox Penalty

18. Fraser Ox Penalty002

 

CORRECT NON-PENALTY FOR ARSENAL.

3 (NON-PENALTY)
71:32 Simon Francis (Bournemouth) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Francis was using his arms to hold back Sanchez inside the center of the field.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
73:34 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Sanchez initially chested the ball but then guided it down using his arm.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (FOUL)
76:31 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) Mustafi committed his 4th foul of the match and by jumping in the back of Wilson. This should have been foul for Bournemouth but was not given.

 

Also this should have been a yellow card against Mustafi for persistent fouling but no card was shown.

NO FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

NO YELLOW CARD AGAINST MUSTAFI.

-1 (FOUL)

-2 (YELLOW CARD)

78:26 Harry Arter (Bournemouth) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Arter tripped Giroud from behind.

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

1 (FOUL)
79:07 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) Mustafi tripped down Wilson in the center of the field. This was Mustafi’s 5th foul and was rightly booked for persistent fouling.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST MUSTAFI.

1 (FOUL)

2 (YELLOW CARD)

81:18 Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) Adam Smith (Bournemouth) Gabriel brought down Smith with a late standing tackle but Bournemouth at the same time had a clear shot on goal.

CORRECT ADVANTAGE PLAYED FOR BOURNEMOTUH.

1 (ADVANTAGE)
81:51 Simon Francis (Bournemouth) Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Francis lunged in with one foot and later at the moment of contact brought the other foot from the side in a scissor’s like challenge on Ramsey.

 

There was a case for doubt as whether its serious foul play/use of excessive force or was just reckless play. That is explained below in summary.

23. Francis Red Card

23. Francis Red Card002

23. Francis Red Card003

 

CORRECT FOUL FOR ARSENAL.

CORRECT RED CARD AGAINST FRANCIS.

1 (FOUL)

3 (RED CARD)

85:38 Arthur Boruc (Bournemouth) After the ball had gone out of play Boruc started to complain by moving towards the referee instead of collecting the ball. Then he tried to switch the side of the goal kick taking position, further delaying the restart of play.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST BORUC.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
93:36 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Surnan’s clearance struck the outstretched arm of Giroud.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (FOUL)
94:44 Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Dan Gosling (Bournemouth)0 Xhaka committed an obstruction using his upper body.

CORRECT FOUL FOR BOURNEMOUTH.

1 (FOUL)

 

96:02 Harry Arter (Bournemouth) Just on the full time whistle Arter started to applaud the referee and the assistants sarcastically and showed dissent.

CORRECT YELLOW CARD AGAINST ARTER.

2 (YELLOW CARD)
 
Number of Correct Fouls for Arsenal – 3

Number of Correct Fouls for Bournemouth – 7

Total Number of Correct Fouls – 10 [10 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Arsenal – 3

Number of Incorrect Fouls against Bournemouth – 1

Total Number of Incorrect Fouls – 4 [4 points]

 

Number of Correct Advantages for Arsenal – 0

Number of Correct Advantages for Bournemouth – 2

Total Number of Correct Advantages – 2 [2 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Advantages against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Advantages – 0

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Arsenal – 2

Number of Correct Yellow Cards for Bournemouth – 1

Total Number of Correct Yellow Cards – 3 [6 points]

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Yellow Cards against Bournemouth – 1

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

 

Number of Correct Red Cards for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Red Cards for Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Correct Red Cards – 1 [3 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Red Cards against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Red Cards – 0

Number of Correct Penalties for Arsenal – 1

Number of Correct Penalties for Bournemouth – 1

Total Number of Correct Penalties – 2 [6 points]

 

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Arsenal – 0

Number of Incorrect Penalties against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Penalties – 0

Offsides

Time Player Offside Defending Player Description & Decision Points
46:26 Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Steve Cook (Bournemouth) Monreal was slightly behind and level with Cook. Assistant Referee Stuart Burt made the wrong call.

WRONG OFFSIDE AGAINST ARSENAL.

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

Number of Correct Offsides for Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Correct Offsides – 0

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Offsides against Bournemouth –  0

Total Number of Incorrect Offsides –  1 [1 points]

Goals

Time Goal Scorer Description & Decision Points
55:38 Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) Handball so no goal. The player is some 15 yards away from where the ball is being kicked so the player could have removed his arms away from the ball. But he turned his body with his arms in to the shot and guided the ball in the goal. There is no such thing as “chest protection” in football for man.  He should have made sure his raised arms got out of the way before the ball hit him. The shot of Harry Arter was also going wide of the goal.

 

15. Handball Goal

15. Handball Goal002

15. Handball Goal003

 

CORRECT NON-GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (NON-GOAL)
57:17 Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) REFER to Fouls at Minute 57:13 Fraser pushed Bellerin from behind, got control of the ball and went on to score. Clear foul involved in the buildup of the goal. The goal should not have stood.

 

16. Fraser Foul Bellerin Goal

16. Fraser Foul Bellerin Goal002

16. Fraser Foul Bellerin Goal003

16. Fraser Foul Bellerin Goal004

 

WRONG GOAL AGIANST ARSENAL.

-3 (GOAL)
69:35 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
74:31 Lucas Perez (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
91:07 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Clean goal.

CORRECT GOAL FOR ARSENAL.

3 (GOAL)
Number of Correct Goals for Arsenal – 4

Number of Correct Goals for Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Correct Goals – 4 [12 points]

Number of Incorrect Goals against Arsenal – 1

Number of Incorrect Goals against Bournemouth – 0

Total Number of Incorrect Goals – 1 [3 points]

Goal Kicks, Corners, and Throw-ins

Time Type Last Touch OFF Description & Decision

Other

Time Type Description & Decision Points

Second Half Referee Report

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 3+2+1+1+4 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Bournemouth – 7+2+1+1 = 11

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 11 + 11 = 22

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 3+4+6+6+12 = 31

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Bournemouth – 7+2+2+3 = 14

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 31 + 14 = 45

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 3+1+1+1 = 6

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Bournemouth – 1+1 =2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 6 + 2 = 8

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 3+2+1+3 = 9

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Bournemouth – 1+2 = 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 9 + 3 = 12

 

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 22/(22+8) = 73.3%

 

 

Second Half Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 45/(45+12) = 78.9%

 

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

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Arsenal – 11+11 = 22

Total Number of Correct Decisions for Bournemouth – 11+11 = 22

Total Number of Correct Decisions = 22 + 22 = 44

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Arsenal – 11+31 = 42

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) for Bournemouth – 19+14 = 33

Total Number of Correct Decisions (Weighted) = 42 + 33 = 75

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Arsenal – 1+6 = 7

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions against Bournemouth – 0+2 =2

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions = 7 + 2 = 9

 

AFTER POINTS HAVE BEEN WEIGHTED

 

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Arsenal – 2+9 = 11

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) against Bournemouth – 0+3 = 3

Total Number of Incorrect Decisions (Weighted) = 11 + 3 = 14

 

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 44/(44+9) = 83.0%

 

 

Full Match Correct Decision Percentage (WEIGHTED) = Total Correct Decisions / Total Decisions (Correct + Incorrect) = 75/(75+14) = 84.2%

 

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

Michael Oliver was the ref for this match. And to give away a lot he had an good match.

The first important decision he had to make was when Cech dived in to the feet of Wilson. Cech was first on the ball so a correct non-decision was made. The assistant then didn’t wait long enough to fully apply the wait and see rule when he gave Ramsey offside. But as Ramsey was running (not at full speed) in the direction of the ball I can completely understand that the assistant raised his flag.

Bournemouth scored a valid first goal a bit later. Then Simon Francis came in with a diving tackle that Alexis managed to escape but a yellow card should have been given for a reckless challenge. A bit later the ref awarded a penalty in favour of Bournemouth for a push in the back from Xhaka. No complaints, it was a foul and thus a penalty.

The first half score was:  95.6% and 94.2% (Weighted) Near Perfect. Top Class. Can a ref keep this up over 90 minutes?

Usually not. And at the start of the second half we had some difficult moments for the ref. Stanislas pulled the shirt of Alexis but nothing given. then Alexis went down in the Bournemouth penalty area but as the TV companies didn’t show any replays we have to agree with the decision on the field. King then kicked the ankle of Giroud who had made sliding tackle and then King kicked at his foot. A yellow card should have been given, certainly as the ball was already meters away.

Then Bournemouth scored a goal but the ref cancelled it for handball. As the distance between the player guiding the ball in the goal with his hands and the place where the shot was made was big he should have made sure that he didn’t touch the ball with his hands. He should have removed his hands away from the ball, he had enough time to do this given the distance.

Then came the major error in this match as Fraser clearly pushed Bellerin in the back but the ref let it go and Fraser could score as a result. That was a really poor moment for the ref.  Mustafi then could have had a yellow card for persistent fouling but the ref ignored the foul.

The sending off from Francis was a bit debatable. As I write this after the Burnley match one could say that the sending off was correct measured by that standard. But this was a borderline challenge. It certainly was reckless and it certainly should have been punished with a yellow card. And given that Francis already should have been booked for a sliding tackle in the first half he should have been off. Be it for a red card as the ref gave or for a second yellow card. So the final outcome (sending off) might have been correct looking at the whole match of Francis, the tackle itself can cause Bournemouth fans to question the decision. As we work with that in case of doubt we give the benefit to the ref on the field we will give him the points for this decision.

Second Half score was: 73.3% and 78.9% (Weighted) Slight dip in score, but still good enough.

Overall over the 90minutes the score was 83.0% and 84.2% (Weighted) Considering the match involved large number of decisions, this score is excellent.

There were 6 correct major decisions. 2 non-penalties for Arsenal. 1 non-penalty for Bournemouth. 1 penalty for Bournemouth. 1 red card against Bournemouth. 1 correctly disallowed goal of Bournemouth.

There was only 1 wrong major decision and that was the 3rd goal that Bournemouth scored after fouling Bellerin in the process.

In a space of 10 days where 4 fixtures were played for each team, and in a league with so few referees, the workload on the referees was going to be immense. Considering all that, the final percentage, the number of correct major decisions, Michael Oliver produced one of the best performances of the season. So well done to Michael Oliver.

On side note, if you take out the wrong goal that Bournemouth scored we probably would have won the game. From 3-3 to 2-3. No offense to Michael Oliver (he was excellent as shown above), but that wrong goal was one of the differences between us winning and drawing.

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18 comments to REF REVIEW BOURNEMOUTH – ARSENAL:

  • Norman14

    Michael Oliver does appear to be our best referee. I think this in spite of PGMO rather than because of their excellent training and development programme 😉

  • Norman14

    Just a bit off topic, but I notice that there are two PGMO domain names that relate to OUR PGMOL.

    They are: pgmol.co.uk and pgmo.co.uk

    The Registrant for both is listed as F.A. Premier League Limited.

    Wonder why they don’t use them?

    Maybe there is a place for PGMORONS. co.uk 😉

  • OlegYch

    i think the disallowed goal was not a handball, as the bournemouth player was moving away from the ball and thus had no intent of touching the ball
    though there were a couple of possible offsides in the build up so it still shouldn’t have stood, probably

  • MickHazel

    OlegYch
    He twisted his body to allow the ball to go past him and as he twisted his hands moved toward the ball and deflected it goalwards. He could have twisted the other way and deflected the ball the other way couldn’t he but he obviously knew that by doing that there was no chance of a goal. He could have just let the ball hit him on the chest. Definitely deliberate, no argument.

  • hollowayROOAD

    Mustafi should have been sent off rather than just yellow carded for persistent fouling after cynically stopping a breakaway counter attack in the first half that went unpunished and is not mentioned in this otherwise superbly thorough review. A “taking one for the team” type foul – we all know the kind.

    Also think Bellerin goes over too easily following the Fraser challenge. It’s a shame Cech is in the way at the optimum moment on the replay but he looks like he digs his boot into the turf and just trips himself over. Remember that Ryan Fraser is barely 2ft tall and struggles to hurt flies.

    Finally, the Oxlade-Chamberlain foul on Fraser caused him to leave the pitch injured. Although Ox got the ball the challenge was from behind and got a lot of the man before it got the ball.

  • OlegYch

    Mick, he doesn’t seem to move his hands towards the ball
    i imagine if he didn’t try to ‘make his frame smaller’ by moving arms close to chest, and just left them flailing, the ball would still have deflected in the same way from his chest
    from my experience playing football if you have your hands close to your chest there is no way to make a meaningful impact with them, certainly not when ball is moving at such a high speed

  • OlegYch

    holloway, re Mustafi, you mean the same way Xhaka was sent off against Swansea? yeah that would make sense if Moss was in charge
    re Bellerin the other angles clearly show that he was pushed in the back, if he trips after that is irrelevant
    re Ox, compare that to https://gfycat.com/WelloffAromaticIbisbill that’s what a reckless tackle is (and your hero Moss doesn’t even call it)

  • Dave Watkins

    A great report but a couple of glaring errors on your behalf:

    “Both players chased after the ball inside the Arsenal’s half, when Fraser used his forearm to push Bellerin in the back. This should have been a foul for Arsenal but was not given.

    It was a very similar forearm push to what Xhaka did on Fraser in the first half.”

    WRONG! The push on Fraser was most definitely from behind for the penalty, which you have correctly called. The incident above was definitely NOT from behind, he did NOT push him in the back. Fraser approached Bellerin from the side, it was a shoulder to shoulder challenge, which is still allowed.

    The Wilson disallowed ‘goal’ is a strange one. He certainly did not deliberately move his arms towards the ball, he had probably less than a second to get out of the way of the shot, it hit him, he didn’t move his arms towards the ball. The referee apparently said afterwards that the rules of the game mean he had to disallow it, as the shot was not on target, he had no choice.

    However, that goes against the goal Koscielny scored for you guys at Burnley earlier in the season, when the header from Oxlade was going wide, it hits Kos on the arms and goes in, nothing he could do of course but it affected the goal being scored. So that too, should have been disallowed, or both of these goals should have been given.

    Your report does also provide good evidence that Mustafi was a very lucky man to stay on the pitch, with several yellow card challenges being missed!

    Overall though, a very impressive report, just need to amend the glaring error regarding the Fraser shoulder challenge 😉

  • WalterBroeckx

    Dave,

    If you freeze the image about the Bellerin foul you can see that the arm of Fraser went out and made contact with the back of Bellerin. So using the arm means it wasn’t a shoulder to shoulder push as you say. If I could enter images in a comment I would do it but this seems impossible because of the software used.

  • Dave Watkins

    We may have to disagree on this then! I just watched it back several times on YouTube, the most you could suggest is that Fraser pushes the top of his right arm, slightly behind but from the side. It’s one handed as well. It is not an actual full on push from behind, as he is side by side to Bellerin. This is totally different from the earlier penalty push 🙂

  • Dave Watkins

    and now reading this: “On side note, if you take out the wrong goal that Bournemouth scored we probably would have won the game. From 3-3 to 2-3. No offense to Michael Oliver (he was excellent as shown above), but that wrong goal was one of the differences between us winning and drawing.”

    That really depends on your bias in this game! Most believe the ‘wrong goal’ was absolutely fine, this included various pundits after the game.

    As Arsenal really should have been down to ten men before AFCB received the red card and had the Wilson ‘goal’ been allowed to stand [ as your winning goal at Burnley was ], it could have been 4-0 and an extra man during the second half.

  • OlegYch

    Dave, Koscielny was much closer to the ball than the Burnley player so the cases can’t be directly compared, and besides Ox did not touch the ball, you might want to watch the episode again.

  • Dave Watkins

    I still say that *if* the referee stated it’s an automatic disallowed goal if hands deflect the ball into the net, then both should have been chalked off…or…both allowed as neither player could get out of the way of the ball 🙂

  • Menace

    ‘If’ the referees were honest then there would be 25 of them (with some geographical & ethnic difference) with a new batch of 3 or 4 each year. The PGMOL, the FA & probably the EPL collude to create a false image of honesty while in actual fact they are probably the most dishonest representation of football.

    Mustafi’s barge was possibly a foul as the Bournemouth player was looking for the dive with brass knobs on.
    However, the foul on Bellerin was exactly that as Bellerin did not dive but was pushed to the ground.

  • Dave Watkins

    Menace – now that is just being daft. Mustafi made four of five fouls during the game, to get just the one yellow was baffling at the time, most would agree.

    It’s been only Arsenal fans that felt the challenge on Bellerin was a foul. He was out muscled and out paced.

  • OlegYch

    Dave, players from other teams often have 6 or more fouls without even a yellow, and you think 5 fouls makes an automatic red? Now that’s what i call daft.

  • Menace

    Outmuscled is what a dim assed commentator calls a brutal assault. The Laws do not legislate for strength being the victor. Football allows the smallest to compete with the largest. English interpretation is big is best & therefore anyone bigger must be stronger. But the stronger in football varies according to the team playing. Any Arsenal strength is a foul whilst any strength against Arsenal is ‘outmuscled’ ‘robust’ or some such bollocks.

    So Mr Watkins take your daft with a drop of humility & ask yourself why is Arsenal so damned good at a game despite the most biased corrupt media, officials & commentators. Wenger is the only manager to have predicted his team would go undefeated & succeeded. It has pissed off several contenders for dickhead of the year & still does.

    The great news is that Spuds are losing to Wycombe – despite the officials….

  • Dave Watkins

    Oleg – let me more plain – Mustafi made at least three yellow card fouls. So that usually means two yellows at least by the law of averages. It was stated in various places after the game that he was lucky to avoid receiving two yellow cards during the game.

    Menace – ok, I see I am not going to get anywhere with you, I was being as balanced as possible but I think you have some major red and white blinkers. Arsenal got some decisions that night, others may have gone AFCB’s way, the major incident for me was the Wilson disallowed goal – fair enough if officials HAVE to disallow those but that doesn’t explain Koscielny versus Burnley.

    I also have to say, the Oxlade tackle on Fraser, which would have been game over for sure, was a fantastic tackle, despite many suggesting it could have been a penalty and a red card.