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August 2021

Arsenal v Southampton: how will ref Clattenberg treat to the Arsenal?

Arsenal v Southampton – 23 November The Match Officials

by Andrew Crawshaw


  • Referee – Mark Clattenberg
  • Assistants – S Beck, A Holmes
  • Fourth Official – A D’Urso

A game between First and Third in the league, and also between the two teams least favoured by all of the referees.

Second time this year for Clattenberg, interestingly in all of his 6 previous Premier League games his assistants have been S Beck and S Child, so the usual crew have been split up slightly for this game with A Holmes coming in for S Child.  I have no idea what that means, just thought it worth commenting on.

It is also the second time this year for A D’Urso as fourth official (50% of his appointments).  He lives in Essex so, I suppose is local and normally referees in the Championship, or lower leagues.

Anyway, coming back to the main man Mark Clattenberg.  Not normally a referee to strike fear into Arsenal Supporters, two years ago he was Untold’s Referee of the Year but last year was disappointing, quite probably due to the after effects of the shenanigans in the Chelsea game where he was accused (falsely) of making racist comments to one on the Chelsea players.  That seemed to knock the wind out of him and he took some time to regain his former presence.

This year he was in charge of our away game at Swansea which we won 1-2 (A D’Urso was the 4th official on that day).  The game was memorable for Gnabry’s first premier league goal capping off a great performance and another goal for Ramsey.  Swansea scored a well worked late goal.  It was a good game of football, fairly open and Mr Clattenberg allowed the game to flow without getting in the way too much – a good performance overall.

Going back to last year, Mr Clattenberg’s bias table is reproduced here.  No great surprises that Arsenal are the least favoured team, but the numbers are nowhere near as extreme as with many other referees.  The surprise is that the bias against Southampton is nearly as big so nothing really between the teams.

M oliver bias again

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I covered the two games Mr Clattenberg did for us last year in my preview of the Swansea game Swansea v Arsenal 28 September 2013. The referee preview so I won’t repeat myself here.  In summary there was the 0-2 defeat at home to Swansea where most of the bias in the above table arose and the 2-1 defeat away to Spurs where the refereeing was much better.  In neither game did the refereeing have any impact on the score.

For Southampton he refereed two games

Match Review: Mark Clattenburg – Southampton Vs Fulham (2 – 2) [07/10/2012]

75% overall score, bias against 70/30 and one key wrong decision (second yellow, red card, penalty or goal).  The most notable incidents were :-

  • Minute 3 – Fonte scored a goal (0-1)
  • Minute 23 – Hooiveld wrongly gets a yellow card for handball. Not much he could have done to get out of the way, was a foul but not a card.
  • Minute 45+3 – Rodriguez kicks Baird high on the leg, foul given but it should also have been a yellow card.
  • Minute 47 – Schneiderlin correctly given yellow card
  • Minute 64 – Yoshida correctly given yellow card
  • Minute 68 – Hooiveld scores an own goal (1-1)
  • Minute 77 – Schneiderlin slides into a Fulham player nowhere near the ball, should have been a second yellow card for him.  The wrong decision was hardly likely to have cost Southampton points.
  • Minute 87 – Richardson scores goal (2-1)
  • Minute 89 – Richardson stamps on Davis’s foot, foul given but should be a yellow card.
  • Minute 89 – Fonte scores a goal (2-2) he is also correctly booked for an excessive goal celebration.

The key decision (Minute 77) favoured Southampton when they should have had a player sent off with the score at one each.  Had the player been sent off and they were forced to play with 10 men for the last quarter on an hour, the result might have been different but probably in Fulham’s favour – potentially a loss instead of a draw.

Match Review: Mark Clattenburg – Tottenham Hotspur Vs Southampton (1 – 0) [04/05/2013]

82% overall score, bias against 19/81 and no wrong key decisions.  The most notable incidents were :

  • Minute 18 – Luke Shaw penalised for foul but replay showed it was a clear dive from Walker who should have been booked.
  • Minute 25 – Lallana given offside but Assou Ekoto was playing him onside – a terrible miss by the assistant as Lallana would have been one on one with the keeper.
  • Minute 55 – Huddlestone holding for a long time, foul given but should also have been booked.
  • Minute 70 – Assou-Ekotto correctly booked for handball
  • Minute 72 – Stephen Davis correctly booked for foul
  • Minute 85 – Gareth Bale scores (1-0)

The incident in minute 25 cost Southampton a goal scoring opportunity which potentially cost them a draw.

So last year both teams were on the wrong side of Mr Clattenberg’s decision making, but it didn’t obviously cost either any points – no evidence of an “agenda” against either team.

Do your job on Saturday fairly please Mr Clattenberg and make sure your assistants are awake.

First versus Third in the table, both teams playing great football.  Should be a good game between two form teams.  The BFG had no particular problems with the “Southampton three” playing for England on Tuesday night – hope that continues on Saturday.

Let’s all get behind the Arsenal and make some noise.

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8 comments to Arsenal v Southampton: how will ref Clattenberg treat to the Arsenal?

  • soglorious

    All a football fan wants is for games to be played without the fear of bias from the referee. I hope he remains true to himself. I won’t want Mike Riley phoning A.Wenger to apologize for any mistake. Lol. I hope the boys puts the disappointment of the Man U loss behind and get on with it face on. The Saints are 3rd for a reason! A 2-0 win in favour of the gunners will be bring a satisfying weekend.
    To the fans who will be at The Emirates, please SUPPORT THE TEAM!

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Hope the ref has a good and easy game ! Just let the action flow and take the prescribed chill pill . 2-0 win too for me !
    Up the Gunners !

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  • para

    Should be a good game today, let’s hope we win although i have a feeling it will be a draw. Hope Theo lands firing, as he probably will want to score.
    Come on gunners.

  • Shakabula Gooner

    Brickfield, are you suggesting that Arsenal fans get sloshed before,during or after the games and everytime in-between?
    As for the game, I don’t do predictions and I prefer not to read them but I pray for a good game, zero negative refree influence to either side and a win for Arsenal.

  • Gord

    Some news. Bellerin is on loan to Watford. Hopefully he will learn from Zola and get some game time in.

    Martinez is in goal for Sheffield today. At the moment Sheffield are down 0-1 (apparently a hint of offside in that goal).

    Napoli is apparently only being fined 25,000 Euro and will not have to play Arsenal behind closed doors (that was from Football Italia I believe).


  • highamsparkgunner

    Hi I am at the game and I think this is the most disgraceful refereeing I have seen since the Villa home game. He is doing everything wrong and nothing right. Don’t be surprised if there is a bad injury.

  • Cad

    You have put Michael Oliver’s excel chart in, instead of Mark Clattenburg’s.