Arsenal should’ve been prepared for a difficult day of officiating on Sunday, considering how rarely they win away from home with Martin Atkinson in charge.
Since the start of 2010, Arsenal have now played 18 away games under the referee. They’ve drawn five, lost 11, and won just two, both against Sunderland. Here’s the full list of results:
- Stoke City 3-1 Arsenal [FA Cup]
- Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Arsenal [PL]
- Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal [PL]
- Ipswich Town 1-0 Arsenal [League Cup]
- Tottenham Hotspur 3-3 Arsenal [PL]
- Fulham 2-2 Arsenal [PL]
- Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal [PL]
- Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal [PL]
- Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal [PL]
- Everton 3-0 Arsenal [PL]
- Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal [PL]
- Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Arsenal [PL]
- Sunderland 1-4 Arsenal [PL]
- Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal [PL]
- Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal [PL]
- Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal [League Cup]
- Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal [PL]
- Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal [PL]
There were a number of debatable decisions during Sunday’s clash and, in fairness, they weren’t all in Crystal Palace’s favour. The handball by Alexandre Lacazette was the main call that went for Arsenal. However, there was shirt-pulling on the striker that could have led to a penalty anyway.
The Gunners got very few of the remainder of the big decisions. Rob Holding’s shirt was torn by a Palace player grabbing it in the build-up to their first goal, but nothing was given. Zaha appeared to dive to win a late penalty, and Jordan Ayew certainly dived when already on a yellow card earlier on.
Nonetheless, when you hear that the likes of Mike Dean or Martin Atkinson are in charge of your match, you need to make sure the game doesn’t go down to a refereeing decision. Arsenal should’ve killed the game off after going 2-1 up, but they didn’t.
Hopefully, the Gunners can get back to winning ways against Blackpool on Wednesday.