Craig Pawson will take charge of Arsenal’s game against Bournemouth on Saturday and he will be ‘assisted’ by Paul Tierney on VAR.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Referee Craig Pawson checks the pitchside monitor during a VAR review before awarding a penalty to Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Referee Craig Pawson checks the pitchside monitor during a VAR review before awarding a penalty to Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Craig Pawson took charge of five Arsenal matches last season with the Gunners winning four, including games against Tottenham and Manchester United.

Compared to most of the other officials in the Premier League, Pawson is certainly one of the better ones when it comes to Arsenal, but he has had his issues.

This season, Pawson has taken charge of Liverpool’s 3-1 win over City in the Community Shield and Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Everton.

Paul Tierney on VAR is more problematic.

He is the official who gave Spurs a penalty for Son flinging himself to the ground.

Tottenham Hotspur's South Korean striker Son Heung-Min (C) is fouled for a penalty during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on May 12, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-Min (C) is fouled for a penalty during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on May 12, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

After the game, Mark Clattenburg said he would not have awarded what was a ‘defining’ spot kick.

Tierney was the ref who declined to give a penalty AGAINST Spurs for this foul:

AFC Bournemouth vs Arsenal officials

  • Referee: Craig Pawson.
  • Assistants: Marc Perry, Scott Ledger.
  • Fourth official: Graham Scott.
  • VAR: Paul Tierney.
  • Assistant VAR: Dan Robathan.

Previous officials for Arsenal this season

Arsenal vs Leicester

  • Referee: Darren England.
  • Assistants: James Mainwaring, Wade Smith.
  • Fourth official: Robert Jones.
  • VAR: Mike Dean.
  • Assistant VAR: Derek Eaton.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal

  • Referee: Anthony Taylor.
  • Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn.
  • Fourth official: Peter Bankes.
  • VAR: Darren England.
  • Assistant VAR: James Mainwaring.

Notable referee mention

Now that he is no longer on our screens, Mike Dean needs to find another way to make himself the centre of attention and that’s what he’s done this week by writing an article in the Daily Mail explaining how he was wrong not to advise Anthony Taylor to send Romero off when he hauled Cucurella by the hair.

i got it wrong mike dean
Daily Mail 19/8/22
I got it wrong over hair-pull MIKE DEAN EXCLUSIVE ON CONTROVERSY AT THE BRIDGE: Daily Mail19 Aug 2022MIKE DEAN the official line SKY SPORTS Big decisions: Romero yanks Cucurella’s hair (above) but the defender escapes punishment, while Hojbjerg’s goal (left) is allowed despite Richarlison standing in an offside position No referee wants to be driving home from a game knowing they should have made a different call. Whether you’re a VAR on the lookout for clear and obvious errors — as I am now — a referee, an assistant or a fourth official, you always want to do your best. Sometimes in hindsight, you realise you could have acted differently. I’ve now had time to reflect on Sunday’s clash at Stamford Bridge. I was VAR at Stockley Park and in the days after that 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Tottenham, we had meetings as part of our regular camps to discuss what happened in that and other matches. Like how players analyse their performances, we speak about the incidents we were involved in. I’ll start with the first equaliser for Spurs by Pierre-emile Hojbjerg. This one was relatively straightforward. I can’t go back 44 seconds to look at rodrigo Bentancur’s potential foul on Kai Havertz. It is outside the attacking phase of play — the Tottenham player got a toe to the ball anyway — so that wasn’t a factor in whether Hojbjerg’s goal should stand. The question was whether richarlison was interfering from an offside position. When Hojbjerg’s shot was struck, Chelsea goalkeeper edouard Mendy had a view of the ball for me. His line of vision wasn’t clearly blocked, so it was onside and 1-1. As for the second goal by Harry Kane, I asked referee Anthony Taylor to wait while I looked at the incident involving Tottenham’s Cristian romero and Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella. I could not award a free-kick as VAR, but I could recommend to Taylor that he visit the referee review area to consider a possible red card. In the few seconds I had to study romero pulling Cucurella’s hair, I didn’t deem it a violent act. I’ve since studied the footage, spoken to other referees and, upon reflection, I should have asked Taylor to visit his pitch-side monitor to take a look for himself. The on-field referee always has the final say. It goes to show that no matter how experienced you are, and I’ve spent more than two decades as a Premier League official, you are always learning. It’s disappointing for me as this was one incident in an otherwise very good weekend from our officials. Decisions are debated — that’s the life of a referee. There were perfectly officiated games elsewhere, like Liverpool against Crystal Palace on Monday night which capped a great weekend of Premier League football.
Daily Mail 19/8/22

Dean, who was appointed as a full-time VAR official after retiring from refereeing at the end of last season, has not been selected for any games this weekend.

In addition to the Chelsea match, Dean was VAR for Manchester City’s opener at West Ham.

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