by Andrew Crawshaw
Last game for the first team this year and the last referee preview. Usama and Walter haven’t published any more referee reviews for Arsenal games so I have an unaltered
Table of Shame
|Wrong Important Decisions||Favouring Arsenal||Favouring Opponents|
|2nd Yellow Cards||1||44|
|Possible Cost in Points||0||29|
Remember these figures are only up to Matchweek 34 (and we didn’t have a game in week 33 ) so are for 33 games only.
We did have an unexpected Referee Review for Mr Clattenburg’s handling of the Chelsea v Spurs game and – you guessed it – it earns an unparalleled third entry for Mr Clattenburg on our Wall of Shame.
I counted 19 wrong Important Decisions, 7 Spurs and 2 Chelsea players should have been given second yellow cards; 6 Spurs and 2 Chelsea players straight red cards, Chelsea were denied a penalty and one Tottenham goal should have been ruled out for a foul in the build up. The referee lost control of the game in the first ten minutes and never got it back.
That no-one was seriously injured was little short of miraculous and nothing whatsoever to do with Mr Clattenberg who seemed to totally ignore his duty of care to the players.
Remember he is the referee who is :-
- Going to officiate in the FA Cup Final
- Going to officiate in the Champions League Final
- Going to officiate in the European Championships
And he has done three games where our analysis shows him with less than 50% weighted performance. What a reward for complete incompetence.
Here is the updated Wall of Shame
|Ref||Game||Weighted Score||Bias against (h/a)||Link to Ref Review|
|Craig Pawson||Stoke||v||Arsenal||34||5/95||Stoke v Arsenal|
|Lee Mason||Arsenal||v||Southampton||34||80/20||Arsenal v Southampton|
|Mark Clattenburg||Chelsea||v||Spurs||38||70/30||Chelsea v Spurs|
|Robert Madley||Arsenal||v||Swansea||38||93/7||Arsenal – Swansea|
|Mike Dean||Chelsea||v||Arsenal||41||5/95||Chelsea – Arsenal|
|Martin Atkinson||Arsenal||v||Spurs||41||82/18||Arsenal – Tottenham|
|Craig Pawson||West Ham||v||Arsenal||42||23/77||West Ham v Arsenal|
|Mark Clattenburg||West Brom||v||Arsenal||42||9/91||West Brom v Arsenal|
|Mark Clattenburg||Everton||Arsenal||43||6/94||Everton v Arsenal|
|Anthony Taylor||Arsenal||v||Newcastle||48||9/91||Arsenal – Newcastle|
|Jonathan Moss||Southampton||v||Arsenal||49||22/78||Southampton v Arsenal|
On to Sunday and the officials are
- Referee – Mark Clattenburg
- Assistants – J Brooks and A Halliday
- Fourth Official – R East
Ah well so much for my hope to get a new referee to write about – I’ll try and find something fresh to say about the useless pillock we have got.
Starting with the Assistants
- Mr Halliday has a flag from week 24 (our nil all draw home against Southampton) for not flagging Özil offside in Minute 2. His other game at Arsenal this year was clear.
- Mr Brooks has been clear of flags in all three of his previous appearances.
- Nothing to be concerned about with either of these two then.
- Mr Clattenburg – oh dear! This will be his fourth Arsenal game this year (it could be worse Chelsea have had him six times). There are links to two of the games via the Hall of Shame above. The third game was
|Referee Review: Arsenal – Chelsea|
76% overall (weighted) score, bias against the two teams 35/65 and only 1 wrong Important Decisions (remember these are second yellow or red cards, penalties and goals).
In Minute 56 Kos fouled Fabregas in our penalty area and a penalty should have been given. The red card to Mertesacker was quite correct and as we lost the game the wrong decision didn’t affect the result. It was a hurtful game but not because Me Clattenburg was wrong. In his other two games this season he has been atrocious.
During Last Season 2014-15 we had him twice
|Ref Review : Arsenal – Man City|
71% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 73/27 and two wrong Important Decisions In Min 45 Milner should have had a second yellow card and in Min 76 Wilshere should have conceded a penalty in favour of City for handball in our area.
|Ref Review: Crystal Palace – Arsenal|
80% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 18/82 and one wrong Important Decisions when in min 3 Coquelin should have been dismissed for a high foot on Campbell. I counted this as three points given to Arsenal, a game we should probably have lost.
Again Mr Clattenberg for two games but no reviews for this year. We beat Swansea away 2 – 1 in September and Southampton at home 2 – 0 in November. Here are links to Walter’s post game pieces for context
And for completeness here is the one match from 2012-13
|Match Review: Mark Clattenburg – Arsenal Vs Swansea City (0 – 2) [01/12/2012]|
72% overall weighted score, bias against both teams 93/7 but no wrong Important Decisions.
Last Week’s Fair Play League has Arsenal firmly as the good guys at the foot of the table with 230 points. Aston Villa were at the other end at the top of the table on 356 points two above Watford. So top v bottom. This could be important with a referee quite capable of completely losing grip of a game. The last thing you want is a weak referee with a team with a poor record regarding discipline.
Mr Clattenburg is a referee trusted to be in charge of the most important cup games in both this country and in Europe yet gets three entries in our Hall of Shame for scoring below 50%. He must have some friends in high places!
I would like to think he would put in a performance on Sunday to show why he has been awarded the honour of these prestigious games, but I’m not betting on it.
I expect him to follow his usual pattern, allowing reckless challenges without effective sanction, exhibiting a completely different application of the rules to the two teams with Villa being the beneficiary in almost all cases
The last time we were awarded a penalty at home was February 2015 against Villa and Walter and his wife were in the ground. Anthony Taylor was the referee. Even with the two of them visiting again on Sunday, I wouldn’t count on us getting one this game.
Look out for the old ‘phantom foul’ routine to give Villa a helping hand when needed or an opportunity to punt a long ball into the box.
On the other hand I could be completely wrong and Mr Clattenburg could put in an honest performance, or we could start at a great tempo and be three goals up inside 20 minutes which would completely take him out of the equation.
- The bid for power in football is becoming confused, complicated and uncertain.
- Arsenal to change whole squad: 44 in, 8 out, 4 promoted from youth
- Wemberlee, Wemberlee, We’re the Famous Arsenal and We’re Going to Wemberlee Ladies FA Cup Final preview Arsenal v Chelsea Sat 14 May 2016
Untold Arsenal has published five books on Arsenal – all are available as paperback and three are now available on Kindle. The books are
- The Arsenal Yankee by Danny Karbassiyoon with a foreword by Arsene Wenger.
- Arsenal: the long sleep 1953 – 1970; a view from the terrace. By John Sowman with an introduction by Bob Wilson.
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football. By Tony Attwood, Andy Kelly and Mark Andrews.
- Making the Arsenal: a novel by Tony Attwood.
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal by Mark Andrews.
You can find details of all five on our new Arsenal Books page
- Premier League 2022/23 – Matchweek 2 Refereeing matters
- Are we all really sure that no other club behaves like Barcelona?
- Arsenal’s new tactics explored in detail and what it means for the season ahead
- How the Premier League referees are biased: an analysis
- Barcelona’s attempt to fool the financial regulator unravels