Kevin Friend has been appointed referee for Arsenal’s Carabao Cup quarter-final clash against West Ham, and it’s good news for the Gunners considering past performances.
Friend will be taking charge of his 18th Arsenal fixture on Tuesday night when West Ham visit the Emirates Stadium.
His linesmen will be Stuart Burt and Mark Scholes, while Christopher Kavanagh will act as fourth official.
Friend last took charge of an Arsenal fixture in October, when he oversaw our 2-0 win Brighton in the Premier League.
Before then, he was referee during Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Southampton in the FA Cup.
Friend was also in charge of Arsenal’s League Cup quarter-final game against Southampton in 2016, which Arsenal lost 2-0.
As far as controversy goes, the match official hasn’t been involved in many major incidents during Arsenal games. He hasn’t handed out a single red card in any Arsenal game he’s refereed, and has awarded just three penalties, all in the Gunners’ favour.
Overall, Arsenal won 12 times when he’s been in charge, losing just twice to Southampton in the aforementioned League Cup quarter-final, and Swansea in 2015.
Friend has overseen three West Ham games in 2017, where he’s handed zero red cards and given no penalties.