BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Hector Bellerin of Arsenal appeals to referee Martin Atkinson during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal FC at American Express Community Stadium on June 20, 2020 in Brighton, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Horror referee gets 1st Arsenal game of the season for Aston Villa

We've had to wait until November, but Martin Atkinson has finally been selected to referee an Arsenal match this season and that's not good news
Referee Andre Marriner reacts during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on October 30, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

VAR for Arsenal vs Sheffield United same as for Liverpool defeat

Andre Marriner will be the VAR against Sheffield United at the Emirates on Sunday, his second Arsenal match in a row
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Match Referee Craig Pawson is seen adjusting his hearing device ahead of the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Southampton FC at Vitality Stadium on July 19, 2020 in Bournemouth, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Officials announced for Liverpool vs Arsenal

Craig Pawson will take charge of Arsenal's trip to Liverpool this weekend in for their Premier League fixture.
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)

Arsenal get a rare referee for game vs West Ham, thankfully!

Michael Oliver will take charge of Arsenal's game against West Ham on Saturday, a referee we thankfully rarely see can we rarely win.
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Referee Martin Atkinson is seen prior to the Premier League match between Sunderland and Arsenal at the Stadium of Light on October 29, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Arsenal get battered by referees, Liverpool and Leicester don’t: The stats

You can argue all you like, but Arsenal got screwed all season by referees and here are the stats to back that up.
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Referee Mike Dean reacts during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Watford FC at Vitality Stadium on January 12, 2020 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Mike Dean’s Arsenal penalty face is season highlight for fans (with goals)

Mike Dean's face might well go down as one of the highlights of this awful Arsenal season, but having to wait until the end of July for it was almost worth everything else we had to go through.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on July 07, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta asks why Leicester City star didn't see red: It has to be...

Arsenal picked up just a point against Leicester as they struggled to hold onto their 1-0 lead after Eddie Nketiah was sent off, but why did Jamie Vardy get away with kicking Mustafi in the head?
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Podcast: Arsenal's bizarre referee stats and dodgy mentality

Matthew is joined by Anita to pick over the bones of disasters away at Man City and Brighton, the impact of injuries and recent Covid-19 news, and ask who has the right mentality for a massive club.
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Referee Martin Atkinson awards a freekick to Arsenal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal FC at American Express Community Stadium on June 20, 2020 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

21 Premier League referees, why do Arsenal always get Martin Atkinson?

Martin Atkinson's performance during Arsenal's match at Brighton on Saturday was one of the worst we've seen and while we can say blaming the referee for a defeat is refusing to accept how poor Arsenal are, Arsenal and the referee can both be sh*t at the same time.
Match Referee Jonathan Moss gestures during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 19, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Arsenal PGMOL referee selection machine breaks down for Manchester City game

Against Manchester City on Wednesday, Arsenal will get a set of match officials that does not involve Martin Atkinson, Mike Dean, nor Chris Kavanagh in what almost feels like a minor miracle.
Referee Martin Atkinson during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on November 03, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

How is this fair? 3 referees get 50% of Arsenal games, 1 involved in...

Martin Atkinson took charge of his sixth Arsenal game this season as the Premier League and FA continue to give this man more Arsenal matches than any other but even he couldn't stop Arsenal beating West Ham.
Match Referee Stuart Attwell shows a yellow card to Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Everton FC at Emirates Stadium on February 23, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.

Arsenal replaced by Bournemouth as side with most yellow cards

After sitting on top of the table all season, Arsenal have finally dropped down a place as referees move Bournemouth to the top of the yellow card table.
Match Referee Stuart Attwell shows a yellow card to Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Everton FC at Emirates Stadium on February 23, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.

Premier League referees will finally use pitchside monitors properly from next season

Premier League referees will finally use pitchside monitors properly from next season to rule on offside calls as well as red cards.
The Big screen shows the VAR check for a possible offside during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Sheffield United at Etihad Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Daily Mail claim clubs NOT PGMOL at fault for VAR farce

The Daily Mail today reported that PGMOL are not responsible for the fact that referees do not use pitchside monitors because that was the decision of Premier League clubs in at least four meetings.
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Referee Mike Dean reacts during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Watford FC at Vitality Stadium on January 12, 2020 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

No VAR for Arsenal plus they get Mike Dean for Portsmouth game

For the seventh time this season, Mike Dean will be involved with an Arsenal match, this time taking charge of our FA Cup tie at Portsmouth on Monday night.

VAR to be used during Arsenal v Olympiacos

VAR will be used in the Europa League knock-out stages which start this week with Arsenal welcoming Olympiacos to the Emirates.

Incorrect offside decision against Arsenal proved officials still aren't using VAR properly

Arsenal won 4-0 against Newcastle United on Sunday, but that shouldn't stop us drawing attention to a terrible offside decision against Mesut Özil in the second half.
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Arsenal get their best referee for Newcastle United match

Lee Mason will take charge of Arsenal's game against Newcastle this weekend and, despite being viewed as a widely incompetent ref, he's actually one we do really well under.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Referee Robert Madley gestures during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on March 4, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Sacked referee to return despite being sacked for mocking disabled person

Bobby Madley is set for a return to refereeing in England, despite being sacked by PGMOL for mocking a disabled person.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Referee Mike Dean gestures as he referees his 500th Premier League match during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on January 18, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Arsenal treated harshest by officials, Liverpool and Leicester hardly bothered

After slipping to second place for a week, Arsenal are back on top of the yellow card table.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal reacts to a decision by referee Martin Atkinson during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Arsenal get same horror refereeing team for Bournemouth FA Cup match

Arsenal will travel to Bournemouth on Monday night for a match refereed, again, by Martin Atkinson, while Mike Dean will run the VAR. One week...
Referee Stuart Atwell (L) shows a red card to Arsenal's Brazilian defender David Luiz (R) to send him off for fouling Chelsea's English striker Tammy Abraham during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on January 21, 2020. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Stuart Atwell Arsenal’s worst referee in Premier League

Stuart Attwell took charge of Arsenal's game against Chelsea and maintained his record of being Arsenal's worst referee in the Premier League.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Referee Mike Dean in action on his 500th Premier League match during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on January 18, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Mike Dean robbed Arsenal in October against Sheffield United too

When Arsenal played Sheffield United back in October, 76% of fans believed Mike Dean robbed us of a penalty, something he did again when the sides met this weekend.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Referee Mike Dean gestures as he referees his 500th Premier League match during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on January 18, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Horror refereeing team combine to rob Arsenal of win against Sheffield United

Even though Arsenal weren't at their best against Sheffield United on Saturday, had they been given a stonewall penalty when they were 1-0 up then the result would have been a different matter altogether.

Horror refereeing team for Arsenal vs Sheffield United

Arsenal will face Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon with Mike Dean in charge, Lee Mason as the fourth official and Martin Atkinson running the VAR.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Referee, Paul Tierney during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Same old Arsenal, always cheated

Look, let's be clear from the start. I don't think there is an anti-Arsenal refereeing bias or conspiracy.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Arsenal reacts to having his team's third goal disallowed following a VAR check during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 27, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Premier League told to soften VAR offside use but won’t

The Premier League has no intention of changing how it uses VAR to adjudicate marginal offsides despite a reminder from the International Football Association Board that VAR is supposed to be used for 'clear and obvious errors'.
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Jorginho of Chelsea celebrates with Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on December 29, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Frank Lampard admits what we all know about Chelsea against Arsenal

After their win over Arsenal, Frank Lampard admitted Chelsea rode their luck and that Jorginho probably should have seen red for a second yellow.
Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette (2R) is shown a yellow card by referee Craig Pawson during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 29, 2019. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)

Referee robs Mikel Arteta's Arsenal against Chelsea

Mikel Arteta was robbed of his first win as Arsenal head coach by a series of awful mistakes, led by the referee Craig Pawson.

Just 3 referees in charge of 60% of Arsenal Premier League games this season

Mike Dean will take charge of our trip to West Ham on Monday night as we move back into our rotation of regular refs with just three taking charge of 60% of Arsenal's games this season.

Manchester United close on Arsenal but Leicester’s yellow card count grabs attention

It's been a few weeks since I updated the yellow card table so let's see if Arsenal are still picking up more yellows per game than any other side as has been the case all season.

5th best referee in charge of Leicester vs Arsenal

Arsenal get another new ref for their trip to Leicester, not that it will make any difference when Brendan Rodger's men take on Unai Emery's.
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Match Referee Mike Dean shows the Yellow card during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on October 21, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Tottenham close on Arsenal at top of Premier League Yellow Card table

Arsenal retain their place at the top of the Premier League Yellow card table as Tottenham closed the gap this weekend.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea argues with referee Michael Oliver during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s worst ref in charge against Wolves

Arsenal finally get a new referee this season in Michael Oliver but it's not really good news at all.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Arsenal reacts to having his team's third goal disallowed following a VAR check during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 27, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Are Arsenal really being screwed by VAR this season?

With both VAR decisions going against Arsenal this weekend, it seems as if the new tech has it in for the Gunners, but are the refs really screwing Arsenal or are we just imagining it?
The scoreboard displays the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) decision disallowing Arsenal's third goal by Arsenal's Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium in London on October 27, 2019. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Mark Clattenburg: Both VAR calls wrong during Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

Former Premier League Mark Clattenburg has said that both VAR decisions at the Emirates were wrong.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Arsenal speaks to referee Martin Atkinson during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Martin Atkinson’s already awful accuracy takes massive hit during Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

Martin Atkinson went into Arsenal's game against Crystal Palace with a key decision accuracy rate of 40% for the season and ended up reducing that to 36% by the end of the match.
English referee Kevin Friend shows a yellow card to Arsenal's English defender Calum Chambers (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on September 30, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Arsenal remain top of yellow card table with Liverpool bottom

Arsenal are still firmly on top of the yellow card table picking up more cards than any other side while needing to fewest fouls to get booked.
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Referee Martin Atkinson is seen prior to the Premier League match between Sunderland and Arsenal at the Stadium of Light on October 29, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Arsenal get their own personal Premier League referee for Crystal Palace game

Martin Atkinson will take charge of his fourth Arsenal game of the season this weekend when he turns up at the Emirates on Sunday for the match against Crystal Palace.
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Match Referee Mike Dean shows the Yellow card during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on October 21, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

76% of fans believe Mike Dean robbed Arsenal against Sheffield United

Mike Dean didn't even bother to check with VAR to see if Sokratis had been fouled to earn Arsenal a penalty so it's no surprise he got such a bad match-rating.