By Bulldog Drummond
The referee for the game on Wednesday night is Anthony Taylor.
Taylor was the referee for Arsenal’s matches against Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hots, Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United. If you are a long-term reader of Untold Arsenal you will know that our suggestion has always been that no referee should oversee a match involving each team more than twice in a season.
So we will after tomorrow have had Taylor as the referee in five out of 22 games – which suggests that by the end of the season far from having Taylor twice we will have had him nine times.
The question then arises – does it matter? And the answer is it most certainly does – as one can see from the comparative records of three referees working in the League this year….
If you want to know more about this, there are two articles in our series “The real facts about football that the media will never touch” that will be of interest
- What the media won’t tell you about football, part 3 – referee home bias
- What the media won’t tell you about football, part 4 – referee variations
Taylor is not the worst referee for away bias, but he is up there with the worst of them. Arsenal haven’t exactly lost before kick off because of Taylor, but the club is suffering from a major disadvantage by having him as the referee.
But there is another point here. As far as I can see none of the mainstream media in England is mentioning this history of Taylaor in terms of overseeing away wins. The figures are out there – they are not created by Untold and absolutely no one challenges them.
Yet just as the media won’t ever consider the point that each referee should only oversee matches involving each Premier League club twice in a season, so they won’t wonder why certain referees oversee so many away wins.
And to be clear, we don’t expect each referee to have the same level of home wins – because there will always be some variation, but we have shown repeatedly that while some referees are influenced by the home crowd, others seek to prove themselves by deliberately working against this and favouring the away team.
Simon Hooper, for example, as the figures above show, is a totally lopsided home-team supporting referee.
But moving on from the referee’s position, Arsenal’s run against Manchester City in recent years has been poor. Arsenal have in fact lost all of the last ten league matches against Manchester City, and have failed to win any of the last 13 – it is a truly shocking record.
Indeed Arsenal have only scored one goal in the last six league matches between the two.
|8 May 2016||Manchester City v Arsenal||D||2-2|
|18 Dec 2016||Manchester City v Arsenal||L||2-1|
|2 Apr 2017||Arsenal v Manchester City||D||2-2|
|5 Nov 2017||Manchester City v Arsenal||L||3-1|
|1 Mar 2018||Arsenal v Manchester City||L||0-3|
|12 Aug 2018||Arsenal v Manchester City||L||0-2|
|3 Feb 2019||Manchester City v Arsenal||L||3-1|
|15 Dec 2019||Arsenal v Manchester City||L||0-3|
|17 Jun 2020||Manchester City v Arsenal||L||3-0|
|17 Oct 2020||Manchester City v Arsenal||L||1-0|
|21 Feb 2021||Arsenal v Manchester City||L||0-1|
|28 Aug 2021||Manchester City v Arsenal||L||5-0|
|1 Jan 2022||Arsenal v Manchester City||L||1-2|
Our one victory of note came in the FA Cup semi-final on 18 July 2020, when Arsenal won 2-0 (both goals from Aubameyang). Gabriel Jesus played for Manchester City in that game, and the Arsenal team was
Bellerin, Mustafi, David Luiz, Tierney
Xhaka Ceballos Maitland-Niles
Pepe Aubameyang Lacazette
It will be a somewhat different team tomorrow.
More on this game shortly…
- Clubs are showing signs of fighting back at journalists
- Are Arsenal really making progress, or are we starting to slip back?
- Luton 3 Arsenal 4: maybe it is time to say positive things
- Luton v Arsenal – the referee, the team, Saka and Cliff Bastin
- Luton Town – how do they play the game. The tackles, fouls and cards.