Good news Arsenal fans! Premier League referee Mike Dean will be nowhere near the Emirates Stadium pitch when Arsenal take on Chelsea in the crucial match on Sunday. So we can reasonably expect to see the Brazilian born Spanish international striker Diego Costa head for an early bath if he decides to try another assault on an Arsenal player.
I would dearly love Costa to lose his rag and get sent off, just as he should have done when the two sides met at Stamford Bridge, but all we can really expect is for Mark Clattenburg and his assistants to give us a level playing field and call things as they see them.
That should be enough, to be honest, to ensure that the Gunners take all three points and stay at the top of the EPL table, but really it would be enough to make us even. There is that well worn theory that any club’s good or bad luck should even out over the course of a season and if that is to be the case then Arsenal are due a massive slice of good fortune tomorrow.
I am struggling to remember us getting the benefit of any dubious decisions this season while that travesty at Chelsea was clear for all to see and is still a fresh and painful memory. We also had three goals against us that should have been disallowed in one game, the Boxing Day defeat in Southampton, so is it time for Arsenal to get a dodgy decision or two go our way?