A sunny afternoon at Stamford Bridge had seen no real chances as half-time approached on Saturday.

Had it stayed as 11 versus 11 then you would be fair to expect the match to remain 0-0; neither side looked likely to open the scoring and neither would have been too unhappy with a clean sheet to risk it for more.

However, Mike Dean turned the game in Chelsea’s favour. A refusal to send Diego Costa off, despite a number of offences, was followed by a ridiculous red card handed to Arsenal centre-half Gabriel.

Arsenal went behind but were finally starting to move the ball around well when Santi Cazorla also saw red for a second bookable offence.

In a rather comical turn of events, viewers on French TV handed Dean the man of the match award, after the referee had clearly given Chelsea a huge helping hand.

There was no man on the pitch who influenced the result as much as Dean did on Saturday afternoon so, I guess, you can see the logic behind it.

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