Uh Oh, the latest news on the North London derby at Wembley between Tottenham and Arsenal is not going to cheer up Arsene Wenger as the referee has been named as Wenger’s old nemesis Anthony Taylor. We can all remember last year when Taylor was the fourth official at the Burnley game at the Emirates Stadium when Wenger was sent off after telling Taylor to “f*** off” twice before claiming he was “dishonest to his federation”. And Taylor wasn’t even refereeing he was just the Fourth official!
That incident ended up with Wenger being banned for four games for that and this season, last month in fact, after Wenger was already charged with abusing Mike Dean after he gave West Brom an extremely unlikely penalty in the dying minutes of our New Year’s eve meeting, and Taylor was in the middle when the Gunners took on Chelsea.
He awarded a penalty to Chelsea after a challenge on Eden Hazard, and although it wasn’t as blatant as Mike Dean’s West Brom error, Wenger was just as upset. The Boss was asked if that decision was as bad as Dean’s and he ranted: “Worse or not worse, we know what we get.
“Look since the start of the season, it is what we have to take. We have to take it and to fight, but we cannot influence that.
“You ask me if it’s a penalty, I say it’s a farcical decision. You could give 10 penalties like that per game.
“You decide what you want. Anyway, read the foreign papers what they write about that, and then look after at the English papers, you will see the difference.”
This incident was also investigated by the FA, but as Wenger was already set to be banned for the Dean incident, nothing came of it, but it is just another example of Wenger’s feelings towards Taylor (and referees in general lol)
It will be very interesting to see how things pan out at Wembley on Saturday, especially with the recent allegaations of Tottenham diving to win penalties…..