by Andrew Crawshaw
If you thought that the PGMO would relax a bit now that we are 12 points behind Chelsea then think again. Our Officials for Saturday are :-
Referee – Mark Clattenburg 41 years old from Durham FIFA Accredited
Assistant Referee 1 – Jake Collin FIFA Accredited
Assistant Referee 2 – Adrian Holmes from West Yorkshire
Fourth Official – Roger East 51 years old from Wiltshire
The only surprise (to me and indicates that I haven’t always checked the Assistant Referees as thoroughly as I should have) is Adrian Holmes who isn’t on the list of 27 Assistant Referees announced pre-season. He has been a regular this season though, particularly with Mike Jones. In fact this will be his third appearance in an Arsenal game, we had him for our 3 – 1 home win against Bournemouth and our 1 – 0 away win at Burnley. So far he is ‘flag free’.
Jake Collin is also ‘flag’ free – he has partnered Mr Clattenburg in both of the Spurs and Leicester games this season.
This will be the fourth time this year that we will have had the pleasure of Mr Clattenburg’s company. We still haven’t seen Anthony Taylor, Stuart Attwell, Paul Tierney or Graham Scott – I guess they aren’t trusted by the PGMO to deliver a decent refereeing performance.
Other teams with four or more visits from referees are :-
Chelsea – Martin Atkinson (4)
Hull – Lee Mason (4)
Liverpool – Anthony Taylor (4) and Michael Oliver (5) – over a third of their games by these two referees!
Man City – Andre Marriner (4)
Man United – Anthony Taylor (4)
Swansea – Jonathan Moss (4)
Watford – Michael Oliver (4)
Southampton have had visits from 16 of the 17 Select Group referees – only Andre Marriner hasn’t done one of their games. All other teams have not been visited by two or more officials this year.
Chelsea have yet to see six of the Select Group this season – Craig Pawson, Lee Mason, Roger East, Stuart Attwell, Paul Tierney and Graham Scott
There are a number of clubs who are yet to see 5 of the 17 Select Group Referees
Liverpool – Mike Jones, Roger East, Stuart Attwell, Paul Tierney and Graham Scott
Man City – Mike Jones, Roger East, Stuart Attwell, Paul Tierney and Graham Scott
Man United – Mike Jones, Roger East, Stuart Attwell, Paul Tierney and Graham Scott
Spurs – Neil Swarbrick, Mike Jones, Roger East, Stuart Attwell, and Paul Tierney
Swansea – Anthony Taylor, Robert Madley, Mark Clattenburg, Lee Mason and Graham Scott
Our previous matches this season under Mr Clattenburg haven’t ended well. As I have already done three referee reviews for Mr Clattenburg this year, I’m not going to repeat myself. Here in tabular form are the principal points and links to both my referee previews and Walter’s minute by minute referee reviews.
Mr Clattenburg is held by some to be the best referee in the world – these numbers should put paid to that notion. In any other walk of life an employee getting less than 60% of decisions correct wouldn’t be in his job for very long without retraining.
|Game||Result||Link to referee review||Weighted Performance %||Bias against both teams||Link to referee preview||Number of wrong Important Decisions|
|For Arsenal||Against Arsenal|
|Leicester v Arsenal||0 – 0||Ref Review : Leicester – Arsenal||58.9||3/97||Leicester v Arsenal Sat 20 August – The Match Officials and what we know of them.||0||3|
|Arsenal v Spurs||1 – 1||Ref Review: Arsenal – Tottenham: 25 fouls and one yellow card||59.5||82/18||Arsenal v Spurs Sunday 6 November 2016 – The Match Officials||0||2|
|Everton v Arsenal||2 – 1||Ref review Everton – Arsenal : the Clattenburg-Dean combination, a lethal one||55.9||16/84||Everton v Arsenal Tuesday 13 December 2016. The Match Officials||0||5|
By my reckoning we have been denied wins in all three games so Mr Clattenburg is single handedly responsible for 7 of our 12 point deficit to Chelsea.
Mr Clattenburg’s recent history in our matches is covered in depth in all of the previous referee previews. He was decent in 2014-15 but has been getting steadily worse since then – this has coincided by his rising prominence both in this country and internationally – strange but true.
- Mr Clattenburg is a piss poor referee in Arsenal matches
- We will be screwed yet again this weekend
- The Press will have a field-day at our expense with quotes about lack of mental strength, Wenger being past it etc.
- Should any of our players be prepared to stand up to the kicking etc we are likely to receive then they will, of course, be carded at the first opportunity.
- Hull players will have carte blanche for any kind of assault and will only be carded if they bring weapons onto the pitch (even then I’m not entirely sure).
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