It did not matter too much today because Arsenal were too good for an Everton side that looked as though it was they who had played an away game in Europe less than three days before, but Mark Clattenburg was the latest in a long list of referees that have been hard on Arsenal this season.
The two major incidents were the penalty claim from Alexis Sanchez and he was clipped so whether he fell straight away or after trying to stay on his feet for a set does not make a blind bit of difference. And then the man with the whistle saw something that nobody else did when he ruled out a perfectly good goal from Giroud.
There were other contentious referee decisions as well and they all went against Arsenal, which backs up the theory that they just do not want us to win. Mistakes happen but when they are continually on one side you have to wonder whether there is not something more to it.
Okay we still won today but in a tighter game these sort of decisions would have been costly, just like in the Swansea game recently. And if Giroud’s goal had stood it might have given the striker a much needed and timely injection of confidence for the rest of the season. Instead Arsenal fans are wondering what we have done to keep getting the wrong side of the referee.