Life after Mike Dean – Who will referee the Arsenal v Chelsea game?

Arsenal fans have never thought highly of yesterday’s referee Mike Dean, and the Manchester-based official only added to his reputation with the highly controversial penalty he awarded to West Brom right at the end of normal time, which cost the Gunners yet another two crucial points.

On Wednesday, when the Gunners face Chelsea at the Emirates we will have another ref from Manchester in Anthony Taylor, who is thought to be a much more even-handed and careful whistle-blower, and we can happily say that Taylor has only been in charge of one Arsenal game this season in which we easily beat Bournemouth 3-0 and we got through the whole 90 minutes without sustaining even one yellow card.

On the minus side Taylor was the fourth Official that Wenger was abusing in the match at Burnley last season which resulted in the boss getting a four-game ban, but he was redeemed when he was given charge of the FA Cup Final, which we happily won against Wednesday’s opponents.

Taylor is no stranger to big games involving Chelsea though, and was officiating when the Blues turned over Tottenham at White Hart Lane earlier this season. He was given a much harder task when Jose Mourinho’s Man United visited Stamford Bridge in November. Chelsea won the game 1-0 and Taylor only gave out 4 yellows and 3 of them were against Man United.

Chelsea’s record with him in charge took a turn for the worst though in December when he oversaw their extremely surprising 1-0 defeat against West Ham at the London Stadium just three weeks ago.

Looking at his long term record involving Arsenal, over 18 games we have had a 61% success rate with him in charge and only lost 11%, while Chelsea have a 67% win rate but a 13% loss ratio. This season Taylor has already reffed 18 matches and is yet to give out a red card, but has shown 72 yellows, at an average of 4 per game…..

I am expecting a much less controversial match on Wednesday after yesterday’s debacle!

Referee – Anthony Taylor

Assistant Referee – Adam Nunn

Assistant Referee – Lee Betts

Fourth Official – Craig Pawson


  1. arie82 says:

    Can we stop blaming on referee.
    We also helped a lot by referee in the past match (it true)
    The players playing bad or even worse
    Just accept that

    1. Shortboygooner says:

      Referees make mistakes. But to be honest we shoukd have been peppering west brom and beat them bu 3 goals. Then rhe penalty would have been laughed off. Thats the fact of the matter. We were not good enough

      1. pires says:

        west brom draw at Anfield; they arenot that easy to beat

    2. Break-on-through says:

      I still like football, I still watch the games, still rooting. not gonna say fock what matters title is gone chuck it all in. Come on you Arsenal, Come on you Gunners!!!! F**k all you others.

  2. Break-on-through says:

    That’s all a power trip for some of these guys. People go nuts with a smudge of authority, it’s a known fact. Some can handle it because they are fair in life and try to treat others the same way. That Dean fellow, if I ever met a midlife crisis driving convertible compensating for something. But he has football to get his kicks, it really annoys me seeing someone just waiting to slap us in the face with his kielbasa. And get away with it, If I were Jack I would have clocked him one, right on the kielbasa.

  3. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    **** Mike Dean.

  4. jon fox says:

    Yes, we all know Dean is a useless imbecile but to blame him for the season we have had and the ineptness of our play , virtually all season, is to do like Wenger and what he does to deflect from the awful truth and put all the blame on officials. In his lunacy he even blames the fourth officialls who have nothing to do with decisions. Why be like Wenger and shun reality? Lets just accept most refs are appalling and Dean is the worst and then concentrate on the REAL PROBLEM WE NEED TO OVERCOME. WENGER AND HIS SACKING!

  5. Vlad says:

    Anyone but Mike Dean is fine with me. Other than that, I hope our guys turn up and play to the best to your ability. We might need a lucky break or two to go our way because with all the injuries and everything else that’s been going on, I’m not very optimistic about this game.

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