Michael Olivier will be in charge for Arsenal’s visit to Manchester City on Sunday.
Oliver will be overseeing his second Arsenal game of the season, having previously been in charge of the 0-0 draw against Chelsea in September.
He will be assisted by Simon Bennett and Stuart Burt, while Andre Marriner has been appointed fourth official.
Oliver has been in charge of 10 Premier League matches this season and has handed out 36 yellow cards and one red card. He’s also rewarded two penalties.
Arsenal’s recent record with Oliver doesn’t make for great reading.
Last season, he oversaw six Arsenal games. We only won two of them: the 3-0 win over Chelsea at the Emirates, and a 3-1 win over Everton on the final day of the season.
The other games include the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool at the start of the season, a 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, a 3-3 draw at Bournemouth and a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham.
Across those games, he handed out 25 yellow cards, two red cards and four penalties. Only one of those penalties was in Arsenal’s favour.
It’s far from Arsenal’s worst record with a certain referee in charge, but it seems Oliver tends to get the big Premier League games, which Arsenal are in the habit of losing.
So, if you were looking for good omens for Sunday, you won’t find one here.