Arsenal v Liverpool will see Michael Oliver take charge of his first Arsenal match of the season.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal is shown a red card by referee Michael Oliver during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at Molineux on February 10, 2022 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal is shown a red card by referee Michael Oliver during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at Molineux on February 10, 2022 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Michael Oliver will referee Arsenal v Liverpool on Sunday at the Emirates.

The 37-year-old was on VAR for Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Fulham but apart from that, has not been involved in any Arsenal games this season.

The same cannot be said of Liverpool, however. Oliver was in charge of their 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in August.

Last season, Oliver sent Gabriel Martinelli off for two quick yellows without telling him he had received the first one.

Arsenal's Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli (R) walks off having been shown two yellow cards in quick succession by English referee Michael Oliver during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on February 10, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli (R) walks off having been shown two yellow cards in quick succession by English referee Michael Oliver during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on February 10, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The same weekend, he punished the exact same double-offence with just one yellow.

Only Paul Tierney has issued more yellow yards this season than Michael Oliver.

Tierney has given out 26 across six games whereas Oliver has issued 23 over seven matches.

On VAR will be Darren England, who was also on VAR for Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

You might remember Bukayo Saka being flung to the ground in the box in that game while Gabriel Jesus was grabbed around the neck not once but twice, yet nothing was given.

That was also the game Aaron Ramsdale was clearly fouled before Villa’s goal.

Aaron Ramsdale is fouled as Douglas Luiz's corner goes straight in. The goal was allowed to stand (image via Daily Star/Reuters)
Aaron Ramsdale is fouled as Douglas Luiz’s corner goes straight in. The goal was allowed to stand (image via Daily Star/Reuters)

Arsenal v Liverpool officials

  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • Assistants: Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett
  • Fourth official: Andy Madley
  • VAR: Darren England
  • Assistant VAR: Eddie Smart
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