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July 2021

Arsenal v Leicester Wed 26 April 2017 – The Match Officials. 80% of wrong decisions will be against Arsenal.

by Andrew Crawshaw

Our Officials are :-

  • Referee Mike Jones  Age 48 from Cheshire
  • Assistant Referee 1 – Andy Garratt  from the West Midlands
  • Assistant Referee 2 Mark Scholes  from Buckinghamshire
  • Fourth OfficialRobert Madley age 30 from West Yorkshire and FIFA accredited

This will be the third time this year that we have had Mr Jones, both of his previous games being Arsenal victories so let’s hope that continues.

Arsenal v Bournemouth 27 November (3 – 1)

Ref Review : Arsenal – Bournemouth

70% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 70/30 and four wrong Important decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties and goals).

  • Min 27 Ake should have had a second yellow card for an attack breaking foul on Alexis (his first yellow card should have been given in Min 14 for an earlier foul on Alexis),
  • Min 42 Arsenal should have had a penalty following a handball by Smith,
  • Min 62 Alexis should have had a red card for a studs up challenge on Arter and
  • Min 73 Bournemouth should have had a penalty for handball.

Overall a poor performance although the wrong Important Decisions kind of balanced out and didn’t affect the overall result.

Swansea v Arsenal 14 Jan (0 – 4)


80% overall weighted score,bias against the two teams 0/100 (six wrong decisions in the first half) and one wrong Important Decision when in Min 35 Dyer should have had a second yellow card for a late sliging tackle from behind on Monreal (his first card should have come in Min 6 an earlier foul on Monreal.  Mr Jones had a much better game and went the whole of the second half without making a wrong call

Last Season 2015-16 we had Mr Jones on three occasions, two wins and a draw.

17 October Watford v Arsenal (0 – 3)

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Ref Review : Watford – Arsenal

68% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 10/90 and two wrong Important Decisions (second yellow cards, red cards, penalties and goals).

  • In Min 3 Prodl should have conceded a penalty as he was holding Mertesacker’s shirt and
  • Min 36 Capoue should have had a straight red card for a slap against Alexis’ face.  Arsenal won the game so the decisions didn’t cost Arsenal any points

13 January Liverpool v Arsenal (3 – 3)

Ref Review : Liverpool – Arsenal and the push in the back

59% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 6/94 and again two wrong Important decisions

  • Min 33 a not given penalty to Arsenal with Moreno pulling Campbell from behind and
  • Min 70 Cline should have had a second yellow card for a kick to Campbell’s knee (the foul was given but not the second yellow card).  Here I counted this as two points taken from Arsenal.

30 April Arsenal v Norwich (1 – 0)

REF REVIEW ARSENAL – NORWICH: interesting observations or just coincidence

65% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 71/29 and no wrong decisions.  Not the best refereeing in the world but far from the worst and not costing us any points.

Going back another season to 2014-15 and another three games

20 September Aston Villa v Arsenal (0 – 3)

Ref Review Aston Villa – Arsenal

82% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 20/80 and one wrong Important Decision when in Min 83 Clark should have had a straight red card for a challenge on Podolski.  Apart from that a good performance.

10 Feb Arsenal v Leicester (2 – 1)

Ref Review : Arsenal – Leicester

54% overall score, bias against the two teams of 90/10 and two wrong Important Decisions.

  • Min 28 Upson should have been dismissed for a two footed challenge on Alexis and
  • Min 88 Simpson should have had a second yellow card for blocking Özil.

21 March Newcastle v Arsenal (1 – 2)

Ref Review : Newcastle – Arsenal: an overwhelming bias

58% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 5/95 and three wrong Important Decisions.

  • Min 62 Cabella should have been dismissed for a second yellow card after an elbow to Coquelin’s head,
  • Min 81 Cabella should have had another yellow card for diving to try and win a penalty,
  • Min 60 Newcastle should have had a penalty for handball by Chambers.  I noted this game as one where the referee gave us two points.


  1. In our review of the first 160 league games of the season Mr Jones was the pick of the bunch, something that our experiences of him from the previous seasons would not lead us to expect.
  2. This year we have had one poor game (although his four wrong Important Decisions were evenly split between both teams) and one good game and we won both of them.  In his good game he was faultless in the second half.
  3. His bias numbers against Arsenal are still poor and we should expect 4 out of every 5 wrong decisions to be against us.
  4. As with all PGMO referees he is poorer with issuing cards than he is with making correct penalty decisions.  We shouldn’t be surprised if he fails to award us a penalty and fails to send off a Leicester player for one or more poor challenges.
  5. This season he is one of the better referees and I’m not unduly worried about him being in charge of this game.  I just hope that doesn’t jinx things and he has a shocker.


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21 comments to Arsenal v Leicester Wed 26 April 2017 – The Match Officials. 80% of wrong decisions will be against Arsenal.

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    Except if Mike Jones has been instructed by his employers, the Pgmol not to allow Arsenal to win this match or get a point from the match, referee Mike Jones recent trend in referring Arsenal PL games is pointing to a comfortable home win for Arsenal over Leicester on Wednesday night. And besides, to be forewarned is to be forearmed. The Gunners have been forwarned ahead of this match by this article posting. So, they MUST mentally and physically prepared themselves to deal with any oddities in the game which could come from the match officials.

    But haven said this, the Gunners should not indulge themselves further in the game by being decisive in blocking the rampaging Foxes whose game mostly relied on pacy using Vardy as their hit man. On no any account should the Gunners become complacent in the game by failing to cut out the resurgent Graig Shakespeare’s Foxes pacey attacking prowess despite that they may be low in Confidence for been recently knocked out by Ateletico Madrid from the UCl quaterfinal match at the King Power Stadium. This their lose should not lead the Gunners to take beating the Foxes for granted. For Leicester is still a though team to beat and I believe they’ll make the likely Le Prof’s changed starting XI Gunners team and bench to work very hard before they can beat them.

    Beating Leicester on Wednesday night is the only option on the table for Arsenal to take because the stake for a 4th place top finish this season is very high and Arsenal are still with a likely chance to make that 4th place top finish this season at the expense of one of the two big Manchester clubs or Liverpool for a record 21 run qualifications if Arsenal wins it’s remaining 7 PL games including their big away and home games against Tottenham Hotspur at the Lane on Sunday and against Man Utd at the Ems. And the potential game wins away to the bogey Stoke City and Southampton teams is on the cards for the Gunners to claim the 6 valuable points at stake in those games unfailingly.

    My changed Starting XI and bench:

    Paulista Koscielny Gibbs
    Bellerin Coquelin Xhaka Oxchambo
    Sanchez Ozil

    Bench: Martinez Debuchy Holding Monreal Elneny Ramsey Iwobi.

    Due to game fatigue, I’ve made 4 changes in Gibbs, Bellerin, Coquelin & Walcott to the Starting XI that was started by Le Prof for the Ems FA Cup match against Man City at Wembley last Sunday. I’ve brought in Bellerin to RW as a wingback there and be the cover for Paulista. And I’ve moved Ox to the LW as the wingback there and to cover Gibbs, while Le Coq and Xhaka will provide protection for Koscielny. And Walcott will lead the line. Not much of a change I’ve done, enh?

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    Pls ignore the word ‘not’ as if it’s not there in the 2nd line of my 2nd paragraph.

  • Menace

    Walter please watch ‘Onside with Neville & Carragher’ if you can. It is an eye opener when it comes to management by whistle.

  • Ibro

    What’s the point of these ref previews? We already know what you’re gonna say I.e this ref Xyz would totally annihilate arsenal. We get it, just post a link to the last review, and save everyone the stress

  • I see from your other post Ibro that I managed to make you laugh, so that surely balances out the stress caused to you, and indeed given you a good all round psychological experience.

  • Menace

    Just a taste of what is said –

    ‘Riley: It’s not so much the ex-referees. You get disappointed when the criticism levelled at you is unfair or is not based on fact. If you do know the rules and choose not to use that in your explanation …whereas if you’re a football player you’re not expected to know the laws of the game and are forgiven for criticising in that respect. When we make mistakes that’s justifiable criticism but what football has evolved to, particularly with the work you’ve done on Monday night football, is explaining why things have happened rather than just criticising the person.’

  • Menace

    A £50,000.00 a week individual playing a game & not knowing the Laws that govern his job!! What is going on? Does the FA not follow these idiots in TV programmes? It is truly an indictment of the corrupt & indefensible position the PGMOL & FA are in.

  • Menace

    Ibro – you obviously think others are wrong but your time spent reading is precious. Go & read some other blog & fill your boots. We will miss you BIG time.

  • Ibro

    Yea, u do have a point there Tony

  • Ibro

    Dont cry for me Argentina

  • omgarsenal

    Ibro…..did you ever read any referee reviews? Here are a few reasons Walter,Usama and others spend so much time trying to figure out what is going on, unlike you who just whine and moan about something you know nothing about:

    1)We are establishing a very fruitful database of officiating performances and thus establishing a benchmark for what proper officiating should be, at a minimum.

    2)We are showing statistically and scientifically what is easily observed in the EPL each week; that officiating is NOT at the minimum level required to provide fair football to all.

    3)We are establishing the nefarious character of the PIGMOB and its leader Riley and casting serious doubt on their management of officials and their fairness.

    4)Finally and most importantly, we are accurately predicting what to expect from each official and what to watch for in each game…..and this accuracy is likely very high, at least in most cases.

    When you can replace any of this with a valid and predictably sound method of looking at officiating in the EPL and elsewhere, then we’ll take you seriously.

  • Ibro

    Yea I read lots of reviews, I think its wrong to say I’m the one whining, I actually feel untold whines too much, about refs, media, other clubs spending their own money, players not wanting to come etc, d ref reviews seem to be an exercise in whining. However, my statement wasn’t even about the reviews, they were about the previews.
    I would also take your number 4point with a pinch of salt, for e.g I never saw your previews predicting our opponents will have legit goal disallowed or arsenal handball goals will stand. My opinion is that the previews just give a bleak picture of the anticipated refereeing, so as to reduce expectations of a good result for arsenal. And when that good result comes nonetheless, it seems sweeter

  • Ibro – the previews are based on the review analyses that have been done of previous matches – many of which this season have been presented with the video evidence to back up the data. You may of course question the data, and you too can go and look at all the video evidence and see how often referees are right or wrong, and then come up with your statistical report as we do. Indeed if would like to go through some of the first 160 games of this premier league season, wherein all the video evidence is presented on this site, and do your own analysis based on that evidence, I would be happy to publish it and we can all compare the conclusions our team came up with, and your figures.

  • Jammy J

    Ibro – If you find these previews pointless, then here’s a pretty far-out there idea; how about you don’t click on them? Surprisingly, this blog was not set-up just to tailor towards your needs.

    Also, are you gonna be the “new” idiot (not a new person, just a new username), that goes on practically every article, only to switch between complaining about said article and telling us how rubbish Wenger and the players are?

  • Menace

    ibro – you are truly the brains of football. If the preview could predict handball goals & goals not given because the ball was deemed by an official to be out of play we would all be club owners with the winnings!!

  • markyb

    Just seen Anthony Taylor is to be Cup Final Ref, Riley taking no chances

  • Gord

    How can they name a referee for a FA Cup Final game, where that referee has previously been caught making a false statement about that team in official proceedings?

  • Menace changed his tune; enough to wish me a happy birthday!? Sad state of affairs they are in, indeed. And so they open the door, and any foul play at the Ton, will spill into Sports Direct and Rangers, thus giving probable cause.

  • Mike is alright, he’s a pshover, either way, but he wont rock the boat. 3-1

  • Also the referee reviews are welcome, they would be a theme for a magazine every week, injury table, team spends, FFP conformity, transfer radar, words from the fans……………… Enough, this is why I (we) got this. Maybe 2-0 or 2-1

  • You cught this part right

    HMRC officers also visited offices belonging to Chelsea FC “in connection with its wider investigation”, a club spokesman confirmed.