Arsenal fans are not happy with Mike Dean’s appointment for Friday’s Premier League opener against Leicester City.

Everyone’s favourite referee Mike Dean will be in charge of Arsenal’s opening Premier League fixture against Leicester on Friday night. The news hasn’t been received well, as Arsenal and Mike Dean is usually a recipe for disaster.

We had gone two years without a win in a game Mike Dean was referee until our 4-1 victory at Stoke towards the end of last season.

It’s probably no coincidence that Dean has a habit of sending off Arsenal players, averaging one red card every five Arsenal games he’s been in charge of since 2009. He also tends to be referee whenever Arsenal play big games.

Dean being in charge of an Arsenal game is usually a bad omen, and won’t do anything to help the Gunners overcome a pretty desperate opening day record in the last seven years.

We’ve won just one opening day fixture in that time, a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. The last two seasons have started with opening day defeats at the Emirates Stadium.

There’s a lot more that goes into record than just the referee, but at least we have a convenient excuse now.