Referee: Mark Clattenburg
A somewhat confusing match from Clattenburg to be honest.
Looking at the numbers his first half was rather poor. A score of only 70% and a weighted score of only 63% are very low for his standards. His score on the important decisions with a result of only 37,50% is amazingly low.
In the second half he had a better score with a total score of 82% and a weighted score of almost 78%. And the important decisions score goes up to 66,67%. Much more familiar territory for Clattenburg.
The final score goes is 76.60% and with a weighted score of 71% he still is rather low. The important decisions with a score of just under 53% is also still rather low.
So where did he go wrong? The yellow cards were a complete disaster. The way Milner treated Debuchy in this match or should I write mistreated Debuchy was amazing. And the most amazing part was that Milner got away with no yellow card. I can’t help but wonder if all the kicking (including a few dangerous fouls aimed at the ankles of Debuchy) have helped in him finally injuring himself later in the match. I had the feeling that Debuchy was not completely fit in the second half even before his injury. He looked not as mobile and quick as I have learned to know him in the last weeks.
A few yellow cards he also missed and then a few when he gave in to what looked to be trying to compensate things. I never like seeing such things.
The penalty appeal for City. I think Arsenal was very lucky that Wilshere was running with his back to Clattenburg so he couldn’t see the incident from the front. I think he would have pointed to the spot if he had seen it from the other angle. Wilshere made a move with the arm and so he knew what he was doing. Another thing that might have saved him was that his arms were close to his body but they weren’t completely fixed to his body.
I have seen better matches from Clattenburg who seemingly was very busy with trying to not blow his whistle if he possible could avoid it. I think he could have give at least 20 fouls more than he gave at the end. But he was very even I thought in allowing a lot of force in the duels and using the arms and body towards opponents. That is an option you can take as a ref but it can backfire when teams don’t want to play according to the rules and thus it is a dangerous thing to do.
The bias numbers are that he gave a few yellow cards decisions in favour of City and one penalty decision in favour of Arsenal. If he would have done these things differently the final result might have changed. Now some City players could keep on doing the dirty work and Arsenal escaped from a penalty decision.
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