By Andrew Crawshaw
Firstly the ‘Table of Shame’ following Walter’s Review of the QPR game – a 2-1 win so there couldn’t be much to complain about from the referee – WRONG.
Mr Atkinson again showed his complete inability to referee an Arsenal game in an honest fashion. His overall score (weighted for importance of decisions) was 60% nowhere near the PGMO wish-a-tistics of 98%. He had four penalty decisions to make and got all of them wrong. Min23 Onuoha for dragging Giroud to the ground, Min75 Fer on Mertesacker, Min77 he wrongly awarded QPR a penalty after Debuchy cleared the ball and Hoilett went down. and Min 90 Gibbs on Zamora. The “goal” that QPR scored from their wrongly awarded penalty shouldn’t have counted either and Ferdinand should have been sent off (second yellow) for grabbing Giroud’s neck.
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||11|
|Possible Cost in Points||2||23|
The Wrong Important decisions count is now 7 to 1 against Arsenal so certainly no signs of it evening out yet (in fact the gap is getting larger).
Now on to Sunday.
- Referee – Mike Dean
- Assistants – J Collin and J Brooks
- Fourth Official – R East
You really don’t need me to go over the History of Mr Dean and Arsenal again. There are dozens of historic articles within the Untold database that you can easily reference (just enter Mike Dean in the search here box at the right hand side of the site header). Sufficient to say that he consistently, year on year, referees our matches in a less than balanced manner – and I am being extremely polite with my choice of words here.
Mr Collin showed that he was willing to stand up to Mr Taylor in the diabolically refereed game v Stoke, I just hope he shows the same spine on Sunday. I have not noted anything particular regarding Mr Brooks. Mr Collin has been with Mr Dean three times this year including the United game, Mr Brooks seven times including both of the draws referenced below.
We had him for our home game against United which we lost 2-1. In brief Dean decided the game in favour of United. Four wrong Important Decisions all favouring United, a wrongly given goal, a not given penalty to Arsenal and two United players not sent off. His overall score was 53% and four out of every five wrong decisions were in favour of United. It was the second worst refereeing performance involving Arsenal in the first half of the season.
|Imagine a ref who only gets half his decisions right: Arsenal – MU ref review|
For Manchester City he has done two games so far this year:-
- Man City v Chelsea – 21 Sept, score 1 – 1
- QPR v City- 8 Nov, score 2 – 2.
After two draws so far I’m sure that the City supporters will be hoping for three points this game and (in my heart) I’m sure that is what they will get. If Arsenal come away with any points it will be little short of a miracle.
I said in a comment earlier in the week that with Mr Dean in charge we all know that we will be screwed and that the art was in trying to predict how he will do it. Here are my top seven predictions – I’m sure that you will be able to add others yourself.
- Look out for how he deals with the first few minutes – I expect there to be overly excessive tackles from City players not called as fouls, and Arsenal players penalised for coming close to their opponents.
- We are currently short of experienced defenders after Debuchy was fouled out of the game against Stoke last week. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Koscielny (or Mertesacker) targeted this week or for Mr Dean to send him off following a dive from a City player.
- Our other key player is Alexis and our old friend (and convicted thug) Barton gave an expose of how to kick him out of a game on Match of the Day last week. Expect that tactic to be adopted on Sunday with no protection from Mr Dean and his team Should Alexis retaliate in any way or wave an imaginary card he will immediately be carded.
- Offside decisions – expect there to be a different rule for City and United, probably differing by 2 to 3 meters.
- Phantom fouls being called to enable City to regroup in any threatening position.
- Advantage not being awarded properly following a foul, if there is a genuine Arsenal advantage, the foul will be called. If there isn’t one then advantage will be indicated. Needless to say a correct advantage to City will always be allowed.
- Penalties – there is absolutely no way I can envisage an Arsenal penalty in this game – the last one he awarded to Arsenal was on 13/09/08 when RVP scored in Minute81 of a 4-0 win against Blackburn. The City players all know this and therefore have free licence to manhandle our attackers with impunity. At the other end our defenders have to be far more careful.Needless to say an honest and balanced referee would do none of these things and would be horrified at even being thought capable of acting in such a way.
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