The ref preview for 14 January 2018 Bournemouth v Arsenal
by Andrew Crawshaw
I was asked for a table showing the effects VAR would have made on wrong decisions.
I have now had time to go through Usama’s twitter thread where he has highlighted what he considers are potentially wrong Important Decisions I can see nothing obviously wrong with his assertions but please look at them yourselves and make up your own minds.
Assuming that the VAR agreed with Usama and I (probably unlikely in all cases I know) Arsenal would have been 15 points better off than we are. Here is a summary table :-
|Favouring Arsenal||Against Arsenal|
I must point out that this table isn’t based on comprehensive minute by minute analysis of this year’s games but you can check out the video clips yourselves by following the link above and I’m sure you will let us have your thoughts in the comments.
In order to arrive at the points adjustments these are the games where I thought the referee errors sufficient to influence the outcome of the game rather than merely adjust the scoreline.
- Stoke and Watford wins instead of losses
- Southampton, West Ham, West Brom and Chelsea (H) wins instead of draws
- Man United a draw instead of a loss (Andre Marriner really earning his salary in that game)
On to this weekend.
- Our officials for this match are :-
- Referee – Kevin Friend 46 from Leicestershire
- Assistant Referee 1 – Harry Lennard from East Sussex
- Assistant Referee 2 – Matthew Wilkes from the West Midlands
- Fourth Official – Lee Probert 45 from Wiltshire
Second time this year under Mr Friend – he was in charge of our 2 – 0 home win against Brighton on 1 October. Usama picked up nothing untoward and Walter didn’t even mention Mr Friend in his report so I think we can say he merely did his job without interfering with the game – if only it were always thus!
Last season 2016/17 we had Mr Friend on one occasion – our 1-3 away win at Watford. He got a 78% overall rating, bias was 25/75 and he made two wrong Important Decisions.
- Min 76 Amrabat was rightly given a yellow card for a foul on Alexis but this should have been his second as he should have got one in
- Min59 for persistent fouling or
- Min71 for a further foul;
- Min 83 Behrami was given a yellow instead of a straight red card for a studs-up challenge on Wallcott.
|Ref Review: Watford – Arsenal|
In 2015-16 we had Mr Friend three times – all away wins
- Swansea v Arsenal (0 – 3) 31 October 74% overall, bias against the two teams 40/60 and one wrong Important decision when in Min31 a Mertesacker handball should have resulted in a Swansea penalty. Swansea v Arsenal
- Aston Villa v Arsenal (0 – 2) 13 December 72% overall, bias against the two teams of 30/70 and one wrong Important Decision when in Min45+1 Walcott was wrongly flagged offside as he scored what should have been a beautiful curling goal Aston Villa v Arsenal
- Bournemouth v Arsenal (0 – 2) 7 February 72% overall, bias against the two teams of 18/82 and no wrong Important Decisions Bournemouth v Arsenal
Going back one more year to 2014-15 and we had Mr Friend on four occasions :-
- Everton v Arsenal (2 – 2)23 August 60% overall, bias against the two teams of 11/89 and two wrong Important Decisions Min 44 Naysmith was offside when he ‘scored’ for Everton, Min 53 Wilshere was wrongly given a yellow when he should have had a straight red card. Everton v Arsenal
- Sunderland v Arsenal (0 – 2) 25 October 65% overall, bias against the two teams of 25/75 and one wrong Important Decision when in Min19 Rodwell should have had a straight red card foe a foul on Chambers Sunderland v Arsenal
- QPR v Arsenal (1 – 2) 4 Mar 69% overall, bias against the two teams of20/80 and two wrong Important Decisions arising from the same incident in Min46 when Henry committed a last man offence in the QPR penalty area which should have resulted in both a penalty and a red card for the QPR player, neither were awarded QPR v Arsenal
- Arsenal v Swansea (0 – 1) 11 May Unfortunately we don’t have a full minute by minute review of this game.
- Of all of the referees employed by the PGMO Mr Friend is the one who causes me the fewest jitters when I see his name against an Arsenal match. He’s not necessarily the best referee just seems not to be conspicuously pursuing the PGMO agenda as thoroughly as most do.
- His bias figures are (comparatively reasonable) rarely exceeding 4 to 1 (80%) against Arsenal.
- He doesn’t make too many mistakes when it comes to Important Decisions averaging one a game. Those he does make tend to be for disciplinary offences rather than goals or penalties.
- I’m hopeful that this will be one of those rare games when we will be able to talk about the football afterwards rather than the match officials – but then this post will probably have put a jinx on things and he may well have a shocker.
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