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February 2021

Arsenal v Burnley Sunday 22 January 2017 – The Match Officials, and news of a promotion

by Andrew Crawshaw

Firstly some news

Mike Dean has demoted himself this week after being heavily criticised in the press following so-called errors in his decision making over the last few weeks, most notably his sending off of Feghouli which was overturned on appeal and failing to send off Barclay for a foul on Henderson in the Mersyside derby.  He will be in charge of the Barnsley v Leeds game in the Championship.

The Premier League welcomes back Sian Massey-Ellis this week to her role as Assistant Referee.  She is with Craig Pawson and Sean Long at West Brom for their game against Sunderland.

As long term readers will be aware she is an Assistant Referee for whom I have the highest regard and have always looked forward to her officiating in Arsenal games as I am then confident that her side of the pitch will be patrolled as it should.  I have also just become aware that she received an MBE for services to football in the New Year Honours.  Her boss Mike Riley said 

“Sian is one of the most talented assistant referees in English football and thoroughly deserves this award.  I speak on behalf of everyone at PGMOL in congratulating her”

For once this is something on which I can agree with Mr Riley.  Well done Sian and I hope to see you at the Emirates in the near future.

Now on to Sunday and our Officials are:-

  • Referee – Jonathan Moss  45 years old from West Yorkshire
  • Assistant Referee 1 – Marc Perry from the West Midlands
  • Assistant Referee 2 – Andy Halliday from North Yorkshire
  • Fourth Official – Anthony Taylor – 37 years old from Cheshire and FIFA accredited

This will be the second time this year we will have had Mr Moss in charge of one of our games.  His previous game was:-

Arsenal (3) v Swansea (2) 15 October

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Ref review: Arsenal – Swansea, lots of decisions to make

73.5% Overall weighting but a dreadful bias against the two teams of 94/6 and one wrong Important Decision when in Min 42 Amat should have been dismissed when as last man he poked Walcott in the eye (two separate red card offences in one – serious foul play and a last man foul).  The decision didn’t affect the outcome of the game which Arsenal won.

I have two flags against Marc Perry from that match both in the second half when in Min 73 Walcott and then in Min 82 Sanchez were flagged offside – neither were.

Looking back over the last two seasons…

2015/16 Season

Arsenal v Stoke 12 September (2 – 0)

Ref Review Arsenal – Stoke

71% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 100/0 and two wrong Important Decisions both arising from an incident in Min 90+2 when Pieters should have conceded a penalty and been sent off for denying Giroud a goalscoring opportunity.

Norwich v Arsenal 29 November (1 – 1)

Ref Review : Norwich – Arsenal – these acts of thuggery must be stopped

Not so good this time 57% overall, bias against the two teams 8/92 and three wrong Important Decisions.

  • Min 40 Bennett should have had a red card for a deliberate push on an airborne Sanchez which caused him to land in a dangerous sunken camera pit,
  • Min 57 O’Neill was given a yellow card but it should have been his second.  He should have been sent off again for a further foul on Giroud in Min 90+1.

Southampton v Arsenal 26 December (4 – 0)

Ref Review : Southampton – Arsenal

49% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 22/78 and 5 wrong Important Decisions.

  • Min 19 Southampton’s first goal should have been ruled out for offside,
  • Min 45 Southampton’s second goal should have been ruled out for a foul by Long on Kos,
  • Min 69 Southampton’s third goal shouldn’t have happened as it was scored directly from a wrongly awarded corner (should have been a goal kick).
  • Min 73 Wanyama should have a straight red card for a foul on Ramsey.  He should also have been sent off in min 75 for persistent fouling.

Arsenal v West Brom 21 April (2 – 0)

Ref Review Arsenal – WBA

65% overall, bias against the two teams 82/18 and one wrong Important Decision when in Min 84 Yacob should have had a second yellow card.

2014/15 Season

Arsenal v Crystal Palace 16 August (2 – 1)

The Untold Referee review: Arsenal – Crystal Palace

A good performance 81% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 100/0.  Three wrong Important Decisions;

  • Min 8 Ramsey was pushed over in the penalty area nothing awarded,
  • Min 64 Mr Moss had a final word with Chamakh over persistent fouling (he should have had his first yellow card in the 8th minute and was at it all game) when he really should have issued a second yellow card and
  • Min 72 Arsenal should have had a second penalty with Hangerland pulling Giroud down by the neck.

Arsenal v Stoke 11 January (3 – 0)

REF REVIEW Arsenal – Stoke

72% overall score and bias figures 90/10 and two wrong Important Decisions.

  • Min 10 Arnautovic should have had a red card for pushing Debuchy into the advertising hoardings which caused a three month injury (and probably effectively ended his Arsenal career) and
  • Min 42 Crouch should have had a second yellow card for a studs up challenge on Mertesacker.


  1. Mr Moss is really not a terribly good referee either in Arsenal games or elsewhere.  In his last 7 Arsenal games over the last three seasons he has made 17 wrong Important Decisions – two and a half per game.  In his eleven games this year in the PL he has made 22 wrong Important Decisions two a game.  These figures simply aren’t good enough.
  2. In Arsenal games his bias figures are as bad as it gets; two games with every wrong call against Arsenal and a ‘best’ bias of 78/22 against Arsenal.
  3. Despite these numbers we do generally manage to cope with him in charge and are far more likely to win than lose.
  4. Mr Moss is partivularly bad in dismissing players for disciplinary offences, he seems almost scared in Arsenal matches to show cards for even terrible fouls on our players and in other matches this season 13 of his 22 wrong calls are for cards.
  5. He isn’t great on penalties either with three in Arsenal games over the past two years and 6 wrong out of 13 in other matches this year (this is an accuracy rate of 54% which is lower than the league average of 65%).
  6. I do hope that he doesn’t suffer a repeat of his goal blindness he had in the game against Southampton last year when three of their four goals shouldn’t have counted.  Worryingly we have him down for 3 wrong goals in his league games this year as well.



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13 comments to Arsenal v Burnley Sunday 22 January 2017 – The Match Officials, and news of a promotion

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Well, whatever any anti-Arsenal referring and anti-Arsenal flagging referee Jonathan Moss and his 2 assistants may wish to referee and flag tomorrow against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium will all fail. It will not work out for them as they’ve planned. Even any whistling to the ears of Jonathan Moss by the fourth match official to shockingly fixed the result of this match in favour of Burnley will not also succeed but utterly failed. For, the Gunners during their playing the game will block any anti-Arsenal doings against them. Thereby negating any negative doings in the game against them by any match officials..

    Arsenal are fully set to beat Burnley comprehensively tomorrow at the Ems irrespective of any ploy that maybe employed against the Gunners from any quarters during the game, Arsenal will still win the match by 4 goals to nil.

  • Off topic I know, but I am the publisher so I am allowed to…

    If Liverpool don’t score 2 goals in the next 8 minutes I think they will demand a refund from PGMO.

  • Andrew Crawshaw


    I don’t think they paid enough this year – they are at the same end of the table as us in terms of wrong decisions against. The PGMO favourites are United and the Tinies.

  • MickHazel

    Liverpool go down 2-3 to Swansea!!!!!

  • para

    Hope this is not one of those crazy weekends.

    If Chel$ lose then that’ll be crazy, but hey pool just did.

    City to win spuds and Arsenal to win Burnley would put us in 2nd. 🙂

    That will be the weekend i’m looking for.

  • Andrew Crawshaw


    Agreed but would be sweeter still if Stoke beat Manure this afternoon.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Well, what result next are we waiting for after the shocking result we’ve just seen at Anfield? Man City vs Tottenham Hotspur to end in a stalemate or a home win for City will be most appropriate for Arsenal to go 2nd in the table after they must have walloped Burnley excessively tomorrow at the Emirates Stadium.

  • Leon

    The match stats are amazing; from just 24% possession & 3 shots on target, Swansea score three.

  • Andy Mack

    Stoke lead Utd 1-0. Have the Utd players forgotten that offside doesn’t apply to them if they score…

  • Leon

    Fergie time equaliser from Rooney

  • Mandy Dodd

    Thanks for that, welcome back Sian.
    Let’s hope our boys do so well tomorrow, the ref is redundant

  • Jon Doe

    Off topic.

    I hope Mike Dean never ever find his way back to refereeing in the EPL after his dreadful penalty call in the Leeds vs Barnsley championship game.

  • Richard

    Well at least he is consistently bad. In fact Sunday’s performance was poor as well. Yes he got the penalty call for Burnley right, but he also should have booked the Burnley player for diving he went down way after coquelin kicked him. On top of that no cards for time wasting and refusal to punish bad tackles with cards then suddenly decides to and it’s a red. Then to top it off getting two other penalty decisions wrong we should have been awarded one earlier in game and we shouldn’t have had one in the last minute as koscielny was offside but it gave us a chance to win the match. Something neither united or Liverpool managed. I will look forward to moss’s rating this match week I suspect it was very low. I was actually dreading game because of moss and Taylor being the two main officials. Give Burnley credit they did the job they set out to do and when they had numerical advantage they did the pressing and got a goal back. I’d also like to say what is it with this team how many times have we been in a position where most of our opponents have given us a chance to leapfrog or go top and we have just not taken those opportunities. Games like these should be put to bed so referees decisions good or bad don’t make a difference.