Michael Oliver will referee Arsenal’s upcoming North London derby match against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

Referee Michael Oliver gestures during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP)
Referee Michael Oliver gestures during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP)

The Premier League have confirmed the officials for Sunday’s North London derby, with Michael Oliver refereeing along with assistants Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett. Kevin Friend is the fourth official, whilst Paul Tierney and Lee Betts are on VAR duty.

In all competitions, Arsenal have won marginally more games than they’ve lost with Oliver refereeing, with a record of 16 wins, 11 draws, and 14 defeats.

In all honesty, Arsenal deserved the only straight red Oliver has shown them, for Laurent Koscielny’s bizarre challenge against Everton. A red that ended up seeing him suspended for the FA Cup final the following week.

The other two reds were much more contentious, both for second yellows, one of which was for Francis Coquelin in the 2016 North London derby, the other for Ainsley Maitland-Niles in a 2019 defeat to Leicester City.

But three reds in 41 matches isn’t a terrible record when you’re an Arsenal fan. Oliver has most recently refereed Arsenal’s draw with Manchester United and the 3-1 win over Chelsea.

As for this particular fixture, he’s overseen one Arsenal win, two draws and two Spurs wins. Ideally, this one will level things up at 2-2-2.

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