Andre Marriner has been announced as the referee for Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Manchester United at the Emirates on Saturday.
Marriner is the bloke we all know mixed up Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Stamford Bridge in March 2014.
The Ox put his hand out to clear a ball and Gibbo was red-carded instead.
Therefore, you can imagine our joy when we heard that the 46-year-old had been appointed referee for our match against United at the weekend.
Andre Marriner will officiate Arsenal v Man Utd.
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) November 27, 2017
Marriner has been in charge of 32 games which have involved Arsenal during his time in English football. We’ve won 20 of those, drawn four and lost eight, and he’s given out 41 yellow cards, two reds and two penalties in our favour. However, he’s not given us a spot-kick since 2011, which doesn’t look fantastic.
So far this season, Marriner has been in charge of 14 games, including Ajax v Nice in the Champions League, and while he’s dished out a considerable 45 yellows, he’s only handed out two reds.
However, he’s only officiated one Arsenal game so far this season: the Gunners’ 1-0 loss away to Stoke. Which is just fantastic as that was the very game Alexandre Lacazette had a goal wrongfully ruled offside and Stoke were allowed to kick us off the pitch.
Loads to look forward to on Saturday then…