It has been announced that Anthony Taylor will be the referee for Arsenal’s away game at Watford on Sunday,
Taylor is on a bit of a red card rampage at the moment having sent off Willy Boly of Wolves against Everton and Red Star’s Tomane in a Champions League qualification match between Red Star and Young Boys in his last two games.
Taylor has already officiated in one Arsenal game already this season, the 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield where he had a decent game.
Last season he oversaw no less than seven Premier League games involving Arsenal. From those seven games, Arsenal recorded five wins and two draws and one of those games was when Watford visited the Emirates which resulted in a 2-0 home win for the Gunners.
The 40-year-old also refereed the 2016/17 FA Cup final that saw Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 and the 2015/16 Community Shield which also resulted in a win for Arsenal.
The one big complaint Arsenal fans have about Taylor is when Aston Villa beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates on the opening day of the 2013-14 season. He sent off Laurent Koscielny for two bookable offences and awarded Villa two penalties.
That aside I am satisfied with Taylor being named as the official in charge, he is a decent referee by Premier League standards and I am comfortable that he will be fair and balanced.
Hopefully, there will be no controversial moments and with VAR now playing a prominent part in the game that should minimise even further the role for the ref to be the deciding factor.