How often are Arsenal getting the same referee this season?

By Tony Attwood

Apologies if you were unable to get onto Untold for a while on 25 January.  There was a technical fault, but it’s all sorted now.

Our desire, so often expressed on this site, is that no referee should ever oversee more than two games per club in a season.  So we thought it would be worth asking the question is, is PGMO taking any note of our continuing campaign, or is it not?

The first thing to note is the wide range in the number of games each referee gets involving a Premier League club.

According to Sports Mole, who must be thanked for taking on the task of recording referees in Premier League games, match by match, here is the list of referees this season, with the number of games they have taken.   These include League, League Cup and FA Cup matches.

A referee working on every match day would so far have a maximum of between 20 and 24 league games (a variation because a referee might be selected for one of the many games which have been postponed this season), plus one FA Cup match and up to five league cup games.   Here is the total.

  1. Paul Tierney: 17 games
  2. Michael Oliver: 15 games
  3. Jon Moss: 15 games
  4. Anthony Taylor: 15 games
  5. Mike Dean: 15 games
  6. Craig Pawson: 14 games
  7. Martin Atkinson: 14 games
  8. David Coote: 13 games
  9. Stuart Attwell: 12 games
  10. Andre Marriner: 11 games
  11. Chris Kavanagh: 10 games
  12. Andy Madley: 9 games
  13. Darren England: 9 games
  14. Kevin Friend: 8 games
  15. Simon Hooper: 8 games
  16. Graham Scott: 7 games
  17. Peter Bankes: 7 games
  18. Robert Jones: 7 games
  19. Jarred Gillett: 4 games
  20. Michael Salisbury: 2 games
  21. John Brooks: 2 games
  22. Tony Harrington: 1 game

It is of course quite reasonable for some referees new to PL matches only to have had one or two games as they move up from the Championship to take on PL matches, continuing at first to have the majority of their games in the Championship.

But the key question is, are we still going to get some referees overseeing four Arsenal league and cup games a season – or even more – rather than the two we suggest?   Here we can see how close we are getting to this.

Paul Tierney

Aug 22, 2021: Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

Michael Oliver

Jan 13, 2022: Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal
Nov 20, 2021: Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal
Oct 30, 2021: Leicester 0-2 Arsenal
Sep 11, 2021:  Arsenal 1-0 Norwich
Aug 13, 2021: Brentford 2-0 Arsenal

Jon Moss

Oct 2, 2021: Brighton 0-0 Arsenal

Anthony Taylor

Dec 15, 2021: Arsenal 2-0 West Ham
Sep 18, 2021: Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

Mike Dean

Dec 6, 2021: Everton 2-1 Arsenal
Oct 18, 2021: Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace

Craig Pawson

Jan 9, 2022: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Arsenal

Martin Atkinson

Jan 20, 2022: Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool
Dec 2, 2021: Manchester Utd 3-2 Arsenal
Aug 28, 2021: Manchester City 5-0 Arsenal

David Coote

Jan 23, 2022:  Arsenal 0-0 Burnley

Stewart Atwell

Jan 1, 2022: Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City
Nov 27, 2021; Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle

Andre Marriner

Dec 18, 2021: Leeds 1-4 Arsenal
Oct 26, 2021: Arsenal 2-0 Leeds

Kevin Friend

Nov 7, 2021: Arsenal 1-0 Watford

Graham Scott

Dec 26, 2021: Norwich 0-5 Arsenal

Robert Jones

Dec 21, 2021: Arsenal 5-1 Sunderland

Jarrad Gillett

Dec 11, 2021: Arsenal 3-0 Southampton

And those without…

  • Chris Kavanagh 0 games
  • Andy Madley 0 games
  • Darren England 0 games
  • Simon Hooper 0 games
  • Peter Banks: 0 games

So we have five qualified Premier League referees who are getting games in the League, but not games involving Arsenal, while on the other hand we have one referee who has overseen Arsenal five times and another who has controlled three Arsenal games.

This seems very imbalanced – as does having Michael Oliver have Arsenal v Liverpool twice in one season.

And to be quite clear I am not saying Mr Oliver is biased or incompetent, but rather that given the history of referee corruption across Europe, and the fact that two years ago Uefa issued a warning saying that it could no longer control match-fixing on its own and needed help from outside agencies, it would just be sensible to limit the number of games each referee could oversee involving one club, to a maximum of two per season.

As we can see five Premier League referees have not been involved in a single Arsenal game so far while two referees have already gone past our suggested maximum of two Arsenal matches in a campaign.

And there is still a lot of the season left to run.

And one can only ask, “Why is it like this?   What is the benefit to anyone of arranging refereeing in this manner?”

And maybe, why does the media take no interest in this?

The proof that something is seriously wrong with football refereeing and reporting

5 Replies to “How often are Arsenal getting the same referee this season?”

  1. So if ou read this from the other perspective, every 3 (THREE) games Michael Oliver referees Arsenal. One third.

    Is this NORMAL ?

  2. Seeing this list reminds me that an opponent got away with a blatant red card assault on an Arsenal player in each of Dean’s two games

  3. It’s also interesting if you look to see at the 29 referees we’ve had in the history of the premier league. Quite a coincidence that the one who has presided over the lowest percentage of Arsenal victories (31.6%) and the highest percentage of Arsenal defeats (42.1%) is one Michael Oliver!!

    Arsenal’s average win percentage in the Premiership is 53.8% of games. The loss percentage is 24.4%. So, very roughly speaking, when Oliver we lose twice as often as usual and win half as often as normal.

    (All stats from

    In fact of the five referees presiding over the lowest percentage of Arsenal wins in the entire history of the premier league, 4 have been in charge of over half our 21 league games this season. Oddly, the fifth of those five referees (Kavanagh), hasn’t been given a game this season.

    Those referees given one or no games this season (excluding Kavanagh), have refereed exactly 100 of our premier league games between them. Those games saw an above average win percentage 62% (against an average of 53.8%). This might go some way to explaining why they have been given so few games…..they’re not sticking to the pre-determined agenda!!

  4. Dean is a master cheat that transcends corruption. His arrogance with the acting when confirming a VAR decision shows his media savvy. There is nothing to protect the player from a corrupt official, not even the police.

Comments are closed.