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  1. Florian

    I found it quite surprizing to have Clattenburg delegated for this game. What was Mike Riley smoking? 🙂 Joke aside, Clattenburg had an up-and-down season this year, seemed more unstable and prone to mistake, and consequently has lower competency scores than last season. Wishing him all the best non-bias though, as he demonstrated he’s capable of that. And yes, a few yellows for diving would come in handy.

  2. Spursforever

    Good analyses. Hope that the referee will not impact the result on Sunday. I have not forgiven Mark Clattenburg for the two Spurs matches you mentioned above. In my opinion the worst is our “89 min goal” against ManU, remember that the score was 0-0…. All referees should have seen that themselves despite of having a blind linesman as an assistant referee. I share thsi with you Arsenal fans to enjoy now but hopefully we will smile on Sunday 6 PM despite of having Mr. Clattenburg as referee.

  3. Adam

    It’s not Clattenburg I’m concern about, It’s Simon Beck running the line. He likes doing Tottenham the odd favor in a big game. Whereas Darren Cann (the other lino) was running the line when we last won 5-2 but also has history with Wenger and Adebayor when he was at Arsenal.

    So all marginal off-sides for Spurs to be let go and all marginals to be called on us.

    Watch out for Beck.

  4. Naz

    This will be irrelevant if Arsenal simply turn up and play.

  5. WalterBroeckx


    I haven’t checked his score from game to game to be honest. But I do seem to remember (without checking the numbers) and have the feeling that after the Chelsea-MU incidents he was not his usual himself in the first games after that.

    I know that a ref when faced with a trauma (and I think you can call it a trauma when you are accused of something like that-racism) it can rock your foundations a bit. I know in Belgium the FA has a sports psychologist who also is/was (not sure) a ref who helps refs when they have faced a major problem in order to get them back to their level.

    As said I seem to remember that now he is back to his old solid level of performances as he was before. I hope he will keep it up next Sunday.

  6. WalterBroeckx

    as a ref and assistant ref myself I know that this is almost impossible to see for a ref just standing 10 meters past the halfway line.

    The assistant should have followed the ball but I can imagine him in the 90th minute and with what looked a totally harmless hoof that the keeper wouldn’t make such a mess of it. But he should have ran faster and then he should have seen it.

    Now to give a ball over the goal you should be certain for more than 100% of your call. We usually say before the game when we look at how we will work as a team and use the term “200% sure to give a goal when the ball has passed the line or not”. Maybe he (ref or assistant) wasn’t 100% sure and then you can decide to not give it. Which was the wrong decision of course.

    Worst case scenario is that he did see it but feared the anger of SAF and thus let it go…???

    Anyway, I think most of us at Untold Arsenal and myself in particular have been advocating for the use of video images to help the referees to make the correct decisions.

    I hate it when football fans have to go home from the stadium in the knowledge that the final result was not what it should have been. In general I can cope with any loss when it was fair when looked at it from the laws of the game.

  7. John Smith

    The letter of the law proved Crappenburg wrong

    Not only did he make no signal whatsoever as to whether it was advantage, a free kick or play on but he told the Spurs captain and some of his teammates to go away while he talked to the linesman yet allowed Rio Ferdinand to stand there and run his mouth

  8. WalterBroeckx

    I think you refer to the Gomes-Nani goal incident. I wrote about it from memory. If you got a link to it I will be happy to have a look at it.

  9. Mandy Dodd

    Just hope the ref is watching out for bale, officially the worst diver in the premier league. And ade who stamps on players faces. Looking around, think the whole country and a significant proportion of those who at least claim to be our fans want us to lose this one. Just hope this ref is not one of them . Hope wenger develops a siege mentality. Does not look like bac will play against a team who got away with breaking his leg, but Jenks, if he keeps calm has the pace , ability and certainly desire to do well here. He just has to be careful, very careful. The likes of shawcross and Huth spend all season dragging players in the area, largely getting away with it. Kos does it once…….you have been warned Jenks.

  10. Tasos

    So long as the name “Mike Dean” didn’t appear on the team sheet of this game I was happy enough.

    BTW Walter you forgot this Mark Clattenburg controversy which went once again in the favour of Man Utd. A familiar pattern for EPL refs.


  11. jayjay

    The ref will make a huge difference in a game like this.

    Basically the only way to stop Dembele and Bale is to foul them they are too big strong and powerful and Arteta wont be able to stop them on his own.

    If Bale is on his game then we have not got a chance just get Jack to man mark him as that is our only chance.

    Adebayor is a donkey but on his day can be unreal and if he ups his game against us then he could be a problem

  12. Mandy Dodd

    very relieved it was not Mike Dean Tasos, amazed in a happy way it is not.
    But as posted before, we just have to turn up and play our game

  13. Limpar’s Wand

    Thanks as always for the work you do on refs!

    Just something I noticed the other day when I saw a list of where PL referees are from… It really shocked me that not one is from London, or anywhere in the south at all. The majority come from the north-west, with a few from the north-east (like clattenburg). It really is almost as if every referee is northern on purpose. Considering the number of current premier league clubs from london and the south, I really find this most remarkable. I’m not claiming any conspiracy theory and I don’t imagine it makes a huge amount of difference. I just thought it was odd.

    English refs are renowned on the continent for letting hard tackles go and allowing a rougher game. Now I know why… our refs obviously think it’s rugby league.

  14. Tasos


    “just get Jack to man mark him as that is our only chance”

    LOL. That’s a joke right?

  15. bob

    “Basically the only way to stop Dembele and Bale is to foul them they are too big strong and powerful and Arteta wont be able to stop them on his own.”
    Imo, sounds like yet another reason to rue the departure of (or failure to have replaced) one Alex Song.

  16. AL

    Tasos, I think what jayjay is actually trying to say is that its spurs’ only chance to win the game if bale is given some space:) Well, that’d also be assuming jay is a spud…..

    Thanks for the article Walter, let’s hope Clatternburg is firm with play acting, or is it simulation. From what I’ve seen of him he always seems fair in this dept(anyone remember Torres second yellow?).

  17. Rufusstan

    Thanks for the article. Like others I rend to be relatively happy so long as it isn’t Dean we face. In all honesty its the first time in a while I have gone onto a bit game not worried about what the ref will do (and you just know I have tempted fate now).

    On the rest: Limpar — The fact that the 30 million+ people in the South East cannot find one PL ref is regularly pointed out here. Why? Politics? Them not looking in the right places? Londoners being genuinely crap at refereeing? Who knows.

  18. santino guya

    iam happy to see new signing from the feild
    we should be strong in foolball

  19. santino guya

    we look week but strong in foolball i wise icould be there.
    i am one of the funs in south sudan yei may god bulese the boss and all the guys and funs
    guya santino

  20. Florian


    I sure hope that too – that he’ll have a solid game. And, as stated, his linesmen are doing their job properly. I remember from looking at refereedecisions that he had a few games where he made more than his usual share of mistakes. But as you say, it might very well be that it was only the specific time span after the Chelsea allegations. I remember he didn’t officiate at all for some 3 weeks.

  21. John Smith
  22. Mandy Dodd

    The other who will have to watch out is jack. Many predicting a red card in this game

  23. Gord

    OT: The BBC general coverage has some catering news which might be of interest:

    > 1451: IPIE IN THE SKY

    > Big news from the SPL, where Hearts have stolen a march on their rivals by launching a phone app which allows fans to order their half-time pie from the comfort of their seats.

    > A statement on the Scottish Premier League club’s website said: “Supporters seated in the upper sections of the Wheatfield Stand will have the unique opportunity to use their Android or iOS smartphones to skip the queues and have their food delivered direct to their seats, ensuring that they don’t miss a minute of the action on the pitch.”

    > Genius. Sheer genius.

    What is it the Tony keeps saying is unavailable at the Emirates? Cappuccino?

    • Tony

      Cappu, chips and burgers

  24. Gord

    Maybe the catering people at the Emirates could look into some kind of mobile application, where they could take orders for food and drink, and then either deliver like Hearts apparently does, or just tell the customer their order is ready?

    So far, I don’t see that any results from today favour us much. But, maybe Wigan can get a win yet today?

  25. Gord

    Having read some of Walter’s articles of late, it is interesting to see this outside comment in the BBC commentary:

    > 1749: GET INVOLVED

    > Clayton from London: “Why are fans of other clubs so obsessed with Chelsea? It’s almost as if they’ve been whipped into a frenzy by the media…”

  26. toto

    So the NLD has come and gone, and did we learn anything new about our team? True to form, we had that 10-minute spell when our defence was non-existent and the spuds took full advantage. Two mistakes, two goals, nothing unusual there, all Arsenal-like. The ref had a good game, so no complaints there really except he could have shown a 2nd yellow to Adebayor which would have changed the course and outcome of the game for us.

    So what went wrong? Arsene and trains tnese players everyday so he must see something in ramsey good enough to keep Podolski out of the team. I think Podolski is better than Carzola on the wing and Carzola is better than Ramsey in midfield. I was surprised to see Jenkinson taken off for Rosicky; and then play Ramsey out of position at right back? How is Ramsey better than Jenkinson at fullback? Wouldn’t it have been better to keep Jenkinson on and take Ramsey off for Rosicky? Anyway, I accept that the manager might know something that we don’t know about these players but it seemed odd that Arsene preferred Ramsey to Jenkinson who by the way was one of our beter payer

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