by Andrew Crawshaw
As I am writing this at lunchtime the London Weather forecast for the Emirates is for light snow to continue until about 18:00. After that it should be overcast but dry. Temperatures between -1C and Zero and easterly winds of about 17mph. So if you are going wrap up well. Also check with Arsenal.com before you set off in case the match is cancelled. I’m sure the pitch will be perfectly OK, it will be the roads leading up to the ground and the supporter areas that may just cause a problem. Also trains may well be disrupted, so do check that you can get home after the match.
Anyway on to the officials and it isn’y very good news I’m afraid.
Referee – Andre Marriner Age 46 from the West Midlands
Assistant Referee 1 – Scott Ledger from South Yorkshire
Assistant Referee 2 – Ian Hussin from Mersyside
Fourth Official – Mike Dean Age 49 from Mersyside
So on a day when travel may well be problematic we have an Northern referee team – entirely logical. With a bit of luck they won’t be able to get to London!
It will be the third time this year we have had Mr Marriner in charge and we are yet to get a single point.
- 19 August Stoke 1 – Arsenal 0 Three not given penalties to Arsenal and a Lacazette goal wrongly ruled offside. This game rather set the scene for the ongoing assault on Arsenal by the PGMO.
- 2 December Arsenal 1 v Man United 3 Another three not given penalties to Arsenal and three players should have been sent off,Matic for two yellow cards, Rojo for having his hand on Lacazette’s neck as he pushed him away from the goal (one of the not given penalties) and Koscielny for a last man foul (he was wrongly only given a yellow card). The other penalty incidents were a Rojo foul on Wellbeck and a Smalling foul on Lacazette.
Scott Ledger has accompanied Mr Marriner in both of the Arsenal Games this year
Mike Dean needs no introduction and rarely brings any cheer to Arsenal players, officials or supporters. I expect him to be his usual ‘harbinger of doom’.
Historically I used to regard Mr Marriner as a reasonably decent referee but he was one of the referees for the Emirates Cup a couple of years ago and gave some very strange decisions against us, since then he has been very variable, good on some occasions and terrible on others.
Last season we had him on five occasions
- Man United v Arsenal 19 November (1 – 1) 67% overall, bias 16/84 and three wrong Important Decisions. Min25 Darmian swas given a yellow card but it should have been his second (the first hould have come in Min 15 for a foul on Theo), Darmian should have had a straight red card for a studs up challenge on Jenkinson in Min 33 and Rooney should have had a second yellow card foe dissent right at the end of the game.
- Arsenal v Crystal Palace 1 January (2 – 0). This was a good refereeing performance getting a rating of 82%, Bias wasn’t too bad either at 71/29 and there were no wrong Important Decisions showing that he is capable of refereeing properly.
- Arsenal v Watford 31 January (1 – 2) Again a high scoring performance with 83%, bias however was a different story with every wrong decision being against Arsenal. None were Important Decisions however, three not given yellow cards being the worst. A loss we couldn’t blame on the referee!
- Arsenal v Man City 2 April (2 – 2) Again a high scoring performance with 84%, There was also no bias, wrong decisions being 55/45 against the two teams. However on of his few wrong decisions was probably pivotal in determining the outcome when in Min 8 Navas was only given a yellow card for a studs up challenge on Monreal when it really should have been a red – it was a nasty nasty challenge.
- Arsenal v Man United 7 May (2 – 0) – We have no minute by minute analysis for this match.
In 2015-2016 we had him twice
- Newcastle v Arsenal 29 August (0 – 1) 76% overall rating and bias against the two teams of 33/67, there were 2 wrong Important Decisions, Min 12we should have had a penalty for a Thauvin foul on Bellerin (for which he should also have got a yellow card) and Min 26 Thauvin rightly got a yellow card for a foul but it should have been his second following the 12th minute not given penalty incident.
- Arsenal v Man City 21 December (2 – 1) 58% overall, bias against the two teams of 897/13 and two wrong Important Decisions when Mr Marriner twice failed to give Fernandinho second yellow cards in Min 59 for a foul on Bellerin and Min 61 for one on Campbell.
- Mr Marriner is capable of delivering good refereeing, unfortunately he frequently doesn’t. Whether this is down to luck or influence I’ll leave you all to make up your own minds.
- Mr Dean is always a bad omen for Arsenal whether he is carrying the whistle or the sign board. The sooner this man retires the better as far as the overwhelming majority of Arsenal fans are concerned.
- Don’t expect Arsenal to be given a penalty for anything short of a decapitation – and even then expect the foul to be against the headless Arsenal player.
- City players will undoubtedly be allowed to continue their policy of fouling Arsenal every play whilst Arsenal players will be penalised for the most minor contacts with City.
- Obameyang will be offside even if he is level or slightly behind the City defender whilst City players will have to be at least 2 metres offside before the flag will be raised.
- With a level playing field tonight’s game will be difficult, I fear that with these officials in charge it will be beyond even the best endeavours of our players.
- If you are going tonight then wrap up extra warm, with 17mph easterly winds forecast the effective temperature will feel like -7C.
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