With all the talk of Stuart Attwell and Jarred Gillet’s performances in the Arsenal vs Manchester City game on New Year’s Day, I thought I’d take a look to see what officials have been given then most influential roles in Arsenal’s games this season.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Referee, Michael Oliver during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 02, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 02: Referee, Michael Oliver during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 02, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Rather than looking at all the officials, I limited this to just the referee and main VAR official as we all know those are the two that run the show.

In total, there are 24 Premier League refs in play this season and Arsenal have seen 12 of them take charge of their games, although Michael Oliver has been handed four matches, twice as many as the next refs on the list with two: Stuart Attwell, Mike Dean, Martin Atkinson, Anthony Taylor, and Craig Pawson.

Six have refereed one game: Jarred Gillett, Andre Marriner, Paul Tierney, Jon Moss, Kevin Friend, and Graham Scott.

In charge of VAR, Michael Oliver is second on Arsenal’s list, with three appearances, but Chris Kavanagh leads the way with four.

Jarred Gillett, the VAR official most Arsenal fans know and loathe, has been in charge of messing up watching the TV three times.

Stuart Attwell, Darren England, and Peter Bankes have done it twice.

Mike Dean, Andre Marriner, Lee Mason, and Dean Whitestone have been on VAR once.

John Brooks, David Coote, Tony Harrington, Simon Hooper, Robert Jones, Andy Madley, and Michael Salisbury have played no role as either referee or VAR for an Arsenal game in the Premier League so far this season.

Arsenal referees and VAR officials this season
Arsenal referees and VAR officials this season