by Andrew Crawshaw
What did we learn from Matchweek 1?
1: Granit Xhaka is still being dealt with in a different manner from every other player in the Premier League. If his yellow card for simulation was warranted then at least three Crystal Palace players should also have gone into the book for the same offence (for example Ayew in Minute 81; Eze in Minute 82).
2: Far more was allowed in the way of challenges not being called fouls than last season. Supposedly this is an instruction to allow the game to flow more, which I wasn’t aware of when I gave my pre-season update last week. This puts a further onus on the referees to act in an even-handed manner, not normally known in Arsenal matches (Jesus was fouled continually by Palace players and got absolutely no protection. Anderson wiping him out from behind in Minute 69 was an example that would have been worth a booking last season).
3: We saw Anthony Taylor reverting to the old “Phantom Foul’ routine to give Palace a free kick in minute 78 last weekend.
4: The match commentators and pundits last weekend continually referred to Mr Taylor as one of the best referees in the PL – all I can say is that if that is true ie is a woefully low standard.
Who is on duty this coming weekend?
|Assistant VAR Referee
So as I said last week it hasn’t taken long for Mike Dean to appear on the officials list for an Arsenal game, I guess we should all be ready for a Xhaka red card following a VAR intervention for something completely innocuous.
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