Manchester United v Arsenal 17 May 2015 – The Match Officials
By Andrew Crawshaw
First the ‘Table of Shame’ and as Walter hasn’t published any more Referee Reviews it remains the same as last week
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||0||19|
|Possible Cost in Points||7||23|
How we could do with some of those points the PGMO have cost us – still that is ‘water under the bridge’ and there’s ‘no point in crying over spilt milk’ to use just two time honoured sayings.
The Officials for Sunday are :-
- Referee – Mike Dean
- Assistant Referees – L Betts and S Long
- Fourth Official – M Oliver
Now Mr Dean needs no introduction to Arsenal Supporters and a couple of seasons ago I would be treating his appointment as a certain sign that United were going to be given free license to cheat us out of the game as well as trying to leave as many Arsenal players as possible needing hospital treatment. I’m not at all sure that this picture of Mr Dean is any longer valid though.
I noted in my preview of the Stoke game Arsenal v Stoke, 22 September 2013. The Officials. Dean is capable of being honest. Let’s hope… in September 2013 that in the 2012/13 Season he was actually one of the better referees we had had (and I washed out my mouth afterwards!) his overall competence scores being amongst the highest of all referees.
More recently Walter noted a change in Mr Dean since he reached the age of 50 and was no longer eligible to keep his FIFA badge and how this has perhaps loosened the degree of control over him by his PGMO masters.
He has even given us a penalty this year ending a 30 plus sequence without one, his previous penalty to us was on 13 Sept 2008.
Whatever the reason Mr Dean is certainly not the man to fear that he once was. Make no mistake though he is no particular friend of Arsenal and will still take an opportunity to hurt us if one genuinely presents itself, burt I no longer fear him actively engineering such a happening.
What of this year? So far we have had him for three games
Arsenal v Man United 22 November 2014 (1 – 2)
|Imagine a ref who only gets half his decisions right: Arsenal – MU ref review|
Not his finest game by any means – 53% overall, Bias against the two teams 80/20 and four wrong Important Decisions (Second Yellow and Red Cards, Penalties and Goals). In minute 15 Shaw first used his arms then tripped Wilshere in the penalty area, neither offence given; two United players should have been sent off McNair in Minute 50 for the studs up and out of control tackle that put Wilshere out for months (not even called a foul) and in Minute 90+7 Di Maria should have been ejected for elbowing Chambers right in front of Dean; the United goal in Minute 55 should not have counted – Fellaini was clearly offside and interfering with play, pushing Gibbs into Szcz and enabling the goal.
Poor officiating cost us at least one and quite possible all three points (I have included three in the table of shame).
Man City v Arsenal 18 January 2015 (0 – 2)
|Ref Review : Manchester City – Arsenal: A master class performance!|
Walter’s headline says it really 84%, overall Bias 27/73 still one wrong Important Decision though, Kompany should have had a yellow card in Min 22 for a foul on Monreal. He was given one in Minute 40 for foul and dissent which should have been his second. He could also have had a second in minute 55 for a two footed challenge.
Burnley v Arsenal 11 April 2015 (0 – 1)
Walter’s review is as yet unavailable.
So three games, one really bad and one really good refereeing performance, probable three points robbed from us (worryingly in the game v United). Two wins from the other games.
Four games, two wins against Spurs (1-0) and Stoke (3-1) and two draws against Chelsea (0-0) and City (1-1) so no real grounds for anger there.
2012-13 Four games, one win, one draw and two losses only one of which was probably influenced by decisions made by Mr Dean (United Again).
Man City v Arsenal 23 Sept 2012 (1 – 1) 83% overall, bias against both teams (71/29) – yes that’s right a bias in favour of Arsenal!, No wrong Important Decisions
|Match Review: Mike Dean – Manchester City Vs Arsenal (1 – 1) [23/09/2012]|
Man United v Arsenal 3 November 2012 (2 – 1)
80% overall, bias against 15/85 and three wrong Important Decisions – Minute 44 United penalty ball movement was ball to hand, no hand movement so wrong penalty; Min 58 Cleverly should have had a second yellow card for a reckless challenge and in Minute 90 Arteta should have had a second yellow card (the one awarded was correct but he should have had a first in Minute 30).
|Match Review: Mike Dean – Manchester United Vs Arsenal (2 – 1) [03/11/2012]|
Arsenal v Man City 13 Jan 2013 (0 – 2) 67% overall, bias against the two teams (84/16) and one wrong Important Decision when Dzeko should have been sent off for a second bookable offence.
|Match Review: Mike Dean – Arsenal Vs Manchester City (0 – 2) [13/01/2013]|
Arsenal v Wigan 14 May 2013 (4 – 1) 90% overall, bias against Arsenal 100% (but very few wrong decisions) and no wrong Important Decisions. An excellent example of refereeing in the last game of the season which (if memory serves me correctly) Wigan needed to win to avoid relegation.
|Match Review: Mike Dean – Arsenal Vs Wigan Athletic ( – ) [14/05/2013]|
I have made no notes regarding the two Assistant Referees having dropped any ‘howlers’ this year so assume that they will both be wide awake for this game.
- Historically, Mike Dean being appointed for this game would have been a virtual guarantee of a United win by foul or fair means.
- More recently though Mr Dean has been far more level with his decision making in Arsenal games and even awarded us a penalty in the City game on 19 January.
- These improvements don’t seem to be in games against United though which is something of a worry.
- Notwithstanding his possible improvements in Arsenal games, all Arsenal players will have to be careful not to do anything which could be interpreted as warranting a card, or foul in a dangerous area of the pitch.
- An Arsenal penalty is unlikely, a United one far more probable.
- United are still likely to get far more freedom to attack Arsenal players than vice-versa – you only need to have a look at the unpunished assault on Wilshere in the November game for an example.
- United will fall over the wind or blades of grass or sometimes even trip themselves up to try and win an advantage and any referee has to be on top form to prevent this from happening (thank you Mr Oliver for being that man in the FA Cup quarter final)
- The question is can Mr Dean be that man on Sunday? He does know the rules better than anybody else and has shown that he is capable of interpreting them honestly in Arsenal games, but not yet in a n Arsenal v United game. Please show that level of resolve this time Mr Dean, you know you can do it!
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