Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal fans have been left furious and bemused by the decision of the FA to appoint our old nemesis Mike Dean to take change of the FA cup clash with Hull City on Saturday as it surely has greatly reduced our chances of getting past the Tigers and into the next round.
Anyone would think that the powers that be in English football have got something against the Gunners, as the biased or incompetent (you decide which, I know what I believe) referee has already been proven to have ruined one Arsenal game this season by somehow missing a sustained assault on Laurent Koscielny by the Chelsea striker Diego Costa and then managing to spot a red card offence by Gabriel that never happened.
The authorities had to overturn both of those decisions and you might have thought that would make them reluctant to put Mike Dean in charge of another Arsenal match. I seem to remember Alex Ferguson being able to stop certain officials from taking charge of Man United matches so how on earth have the FA lumbered us with this doughnut again.
With Arsenal currently on course for a record of three FA cup trophy wins in a row, are the FA just trying to throw a spanner in the works or might they be giving the referee an opportunity to prove that he is not biased against us?