By Walter Broeckx
So there we have it… just as I predicted. I know it is getting a bit boring. But it is a fact that I predicted it would happen. And it happened again. Another player injured because of the PGMO referees not doing their job.
And as the media always tells that it is THE way to stop Arsenal and it is being hailed as some great tactic they can join in taking the blame.
Now let us draw a list of referees who were on the field when Arsenal players got seriously injured. A list of shame of course.
I think 2006 is a good year to start.
Diaby got a broken and dislocated ankle from a terrible tackle against Sunderland. Ref on the day has now retired and the player only got a yellow card. He completely ruined the career of Diaby who never has been the same since that day.
Wilshere got his first ankle injury in the Emirates cup in August. Ref of the day was Kevin Friend. What people tend to have forgotten was that there was a blatant foul on Wilshere in the penalty area early in the match. A defender stamped on his foot and it should have been a penalty for Arsenal. But PL refs don’t give penalties for Arsenal as we all know not even in pre season friendlies. Minutes later Wilshere came off and needed surgery and was out for a very very long time.
Eduardo got a broken leg when he was assaulted by a Birmingham player. He never really recovered. The date was 24/02/2008. I day I will never forget. It still makes me sick thinking of it. Oh, ref on the day… Mike Dean. To be fair he gave a red card for the offender but well after seeing that what else could any ref do.
On 27 February 2010 we saw the same sickening images when Aaron Ramsey got his leg broken by Shawcross from Stoke. Ref on the day was Peter Walton to whom I was shouting at my TV to do something about the kicking that was taken place before the Ramsey incident happened. He didn’t hear me and I think he wasn’t interested till it happened. I could see it coming, how come a seasoned PL ref couldn’t see it coming?
27 March 2010. Just one month after the broken leg of Ramsey Arsenal go to …. Birmingham. Final result? Another broken leg. This time Cesc Fabregas was the victim. I could see it in the match but referee Howard Webb who was the ref completely ignored the dangerous tackle that resulted in Cesc getting a hair line fracture. He was rubbish in the match after that but with a few days rest he then played against Barcelona and then his leg snapped completely. I know people say it was broken against Barcelona but even the injury league website tells as the date the match against Birmingham. The hair line fracture wasn’t spotted on the x-rays and that can happen from time to time. And if you don’t believe me check it yourself.
Let’s move on to 03 October 2011. We play at Tottenham and Sagna is being assaulted outside the lines of the field by a Tottenham player. Referee of the day… Mike Dean. He didn’t see anything wrong with it. Sagna leaves on a stretcher with a broken leg. Take note the second time that Mike Dean is there when an Arsenal player is getting seriously injured.
Having recovered from that broken leg we get Norwich at the Emirates on May 5th 2012. A Norwich player stamps on the leg of Sagna who was lying on the floor. The result…another broken leg. Ref on the day was Anthony Taylor who didn’t see anything wrong with that stamp.
That was only the list of broken legs or foots of course. Because we had other injuries from bad fouls on Arsenal players in between. Many of them.
A few weeks ago when we saw the unpunished assaults on Alexis I once again asked the PGMO to take action and to stop the kicking. Alas as usual the PGMO neglected my demands and let the kicking continue. The injury from Debuchy came after getting several kicks in the match against Man City. Ref Clattenburg letting it go without a yellow card each time.
Özil being assaulted unpunished against Tottenham just a few days before his knee injury came in the spotlight. Ref in that match was Michael Oliver. Again the red card remained in the pocket.
Alexis against Chelsea where Cahil attacked him and didn’t get a red card. Ref on the day was Martin Atkinson, Chelsea’s famous 12th man.
The warning signs were flashing at my part of the line. I told we would get seriously injuries to one or more of our players. Özil being out for 3-4 months. Debuchy also.
And now we can add another one to the list. Jack Wilshere. And who was the ref this time? Yes a familiar name by now in this article… Mike Dean.
So AGAIN Mike Dean doing the refereeing when an Arsenal player gets kicked out of the game for a long, long time. And again…. Mike Dean didn’t see anything wrong with the tackle. No foul, no yellow. Nothing.
This is so shocking. After writing and warning in several articles that these things were going to happen I have been proven right. Again. And believe me that I would have wanted to be proven wrong. I would have loved it if no Arsenal player was kicked out of the game and out of the season.
But this is the sad way things go for Arsenal players. The media tell other teams to kick us to pieces and some of their managers and players go for it. And then we get results like this. Like we have seen oh so many times in the last seasons. And then people ask questions about our injury records.
As I have shown so many times in some articles we are far above the rest when it comes to injuries from being kicked unpunished all over the place. And the only ones who can stop this are the referees. But do we really think that Mike Riley will do something about this? He never did anything about it and let his referees get on with letting us being kicked and getting seriously injured. So why will they change now?
It is a very sad state of affairs in the PGMO world. And from this list we can be sure of one thing. When Dean is around the chance of an Arsenal player being out for months is 3 times bigger than with any other ref. Arsenal should refuse to play another game with Dean in charge.
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