Arsenal V Everton


MH at 2018-02-03 20:30:02

This game was all over in the first half when Arsenal went in 4-0 up. That’s 10 goals that Arsenal have put past Everton this season and both big Sam and little Sam won’t be happy. As I said in my half time summary  regarding the referee he can be very pleased with his performance, his recognition of careless and reckless was excellent, with 2 cautions that were fully justified, his reading of the game and anticipation was excellent and his recognition of foul and non foul was very good. Although this was a one sided game Neil was never complacent and he remained fully focused throughout. I feel that Neil will enhance his performance by squeezing play when play is over by his assistant. He was assisted well by is team although AR1 failed to detect an offside which resulted in Arsenal’s 4th goal. In that incident I believe assistant Hatzidakis switched off as the offside wasn’t a difficult decision. Keep up the good work Neil. Good night and have a good weekend.

MH at 2018-02-03 20:20:56


MH at 2018-02-03 20:20:38

Full Time


MH at 2018-02-03 20:20:07

A minimum of 2 minutes added time .

MH at 2018-02-03 20:19:43

A coming together by A20 and E29, Neil in an excellent position, I have seen those given but I think Neil has got the decision correct no penalty.

MH at 2018-02-03 20:14:59

All of a sudden Neil looks to be moving rather gingerly I wonder if he has picked up a little muscle strain.

MH at 2018-02-03 20:12:53

Substitution made earlier for Arsenal, A18 OFF, A31 ON.

MH at 2018-02-03 20:11:10

A20 goes down no free kick given, correct decision.

MH at 2018-02-03 20:08:52

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MH at 2018-02-03 20:06:42

Not quite sure why Wayne Rooney and Sigurdsson have been left on the bench tonight??? I wonder if they are not fully fit.

MH at 2018-02-03 20:05:19

Substitution for Everton, E19 OFF, E14 ON.

MH at 2018-02-03 20:04:45

Neil’s awareness of what is going on around him is excellent. You always get that time just to look around to make sure nothing untoward is going on in other areas of the pitch.

MH at 2018-02-03 20:02:38

Substitution for Arsenal, A8 OFF, A10 ON.

MH at 2018-02-03 20:01:59

GOAL!A8 Ramsey makes it 5 and a hatrick for him and he will be going home with the match ball.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:59:49

Corner given to Everton.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:57:57

Cech goes straight down the tunnel for treatment.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:56:48

Substitution for Arsenal, A33 (goal keeper) OFF, A13 ON.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:55:45

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MH at 2018-02-03 19:52:40

Off side correctly given.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:52:07

We’ve seen some poor defending tonight.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:51:48

GOAL!E29. Good substitution by big Sam.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:48:03

Substitution for Everton, E29 ON, E11 OFF.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:47:20

After the collision with E19 which nearly resulted in a goal for Everton.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:46:50

We could see a substitution soon with the Arsenal keeper limping.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:45:42

FK to Arsenal no advantage there well done Neil.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:43:09

Neil is not the quickest about the field of play but his reading of the game and anticipation of play is excellent that gets him into that ultimate viewing angle to judge incidents.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:39:46

Good chance for Everton as E19 hits the post.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:38:56

It was also pleasing to see Neil waiting for A20 to get to his feet before showing the yellow card.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:37:54

Yellow CardA20. Pleasing to see Neil being consistent with reckless challenges. A20 can have no complaints with his caution.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:36:34

FK correctly given to Everton after a foul by A20 on E19.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:33:59

FK correctly given to Everton after a foul by A29.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:33:20

I am very surprised that Sam has only made one substitution at half time.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:32:38

Substitution for Everton, E26 ON, E4 OFF.

Arsenal to get the second half underway.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:20:13

Neil blows for half time. A very one sided first half with Arsenal going in 4-0 up. A very quiet first half for Neil which he will be happy with. He has missed nothing and picked up all the free kicks that he has needed to pick up with one caution for A6 fully justified. Although he has been let down by AR1 Hatzidakis as the fourth goal should have been ruled out for offside.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:17:28

Half Time

MH at 2018-02-03 19:17:09

A minimum of 2 minutes added time.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:16:50

Pleasing to see Neil giving safe free kicks and not taking any risks by playing advantage.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:14:57

FK correctly given to Arsenal.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:14:06

FK correctly given to Everton after a block by A24.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:12:37

That is poor from AR Hatzidakis, an assistant at that level should be picking those up. A14 is clearly 2 yards offside.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:09:53

Arsenal’s 4th goal should have been ruled out for offside.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:09:07

Arsenal’s new signing Aubameyang scoreson his debut.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:06:58


MH at 2018-02-03 19:06:39

FK correctly given to Arsenal after a foul by E19 on A6.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:05:24

I’m sure Sam will make some changes at half time.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:04:18

Good to see the Everton player put the ball out of play so that the Arsenal player can receive treatment. The two number 7s come together, correct in not awarding Arsenal a free kick.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:03:00

Arsenal new signing A14 had a great chance to make it 4 but a good save by the Everton keeper.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:01:44

FK correctly given to Everton.

MH at 2018-02-03 19:01:25

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MH at 2018-02-03 18:58:31

A great chance for E11 to score, great block by the Arsenal defender.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:57:37

When a game is one sided as this one is it’s so important that a referee stays mentally focused and doesn’t come complacent.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:55:58

It’s pleasing to see Neil stamp his authority on the game with the caution of A6 letting the players know that he will not accept challenges of that nature.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:53:59

Yellow CardA6. Reckless challenge by A6 on E19 correctly cautioned.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:51:40

Arsenal appeal for hand ball not given.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:50:16

I wonder if big Sam is reflecting on his team selection.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:49:46

Deflected off E13 leaving the Everton keeper with no chance.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:49:00



MH at 2018-02-03 18:48:40

Foul by A29 on E11. I would just like to have seen Neil have a word with A29 regarding that challenge.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:47:26

Great advantage played by Neil after a foul on A7.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:46:41

It looks like Arsenal could score with every attack.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:44:57

GOAL!A6. More poor defending as A6 makes it 2-0, Sam will be furious.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:43:26

It’s really pleasing Neil not being fussy but he is correctly picking up the small fouls which aids your match control and gains the trust from the players in your decision making.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:41:01

We should be in for an open game now with Arsenal taking an early lead.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:39:48

Good strike by A7 just going wide.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:39:08

FK given to Arsenal.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:38:41

Good to see Neil in close proximity when players jostling for the ball.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:37:33

I’m sure Sam won’t be happy with the defending there.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:37:08

GOAL!A8. Great ball in Good strike by A8.


MH at 2018-02-03 18:36:13

FK correctly given to Arsenal.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:35:46

Already you can see Neil keeping a central path of control. I would just like to see Neil squeeze play when play is over by the assistant, as if an incident occurs it will add to his credibility when making a decision.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:32:49

FK correctly given to Arsenal

MH at 2018-02-03 18:32:21

Heavy rain falling at The Emirates, could prove difficult for the referee in recognising challenges.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:31:06

Pleasing to see Neil engaging with the players and smiling with them before kick off.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:30:13

Everton to get the first half underway.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:26:28

The teams are on the way out.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:10:23

Today’s referee is Neil Swarbrick a solid referee who not only knows the laws of the game but also knows the game of football having played to a good standard. Neil has refereed 15 Premier games so far this season, showing 38 yellows and no red cards. Neil will be assisted by Constantine Hatzidakis (technical side), Daniel Cook and 4th official Craig Pawson. Good luck to all.

MH at 2018-02-03 18:06:50

Good evening and welcome to this evenings refcam game Arsenel V Everton. Arsenal trying to climb into a Champions League spot will be very disappointed with their midweek defeat a Swansea. I am sure Arsen will not be best pleased with his sides defending, that has been a common theme this season. While Everton under big Sam will want to continue their good form and will look to avenge their 5-2 thrashing at Goodson Park by Arsenal earlier in the season. Everton would certainly like to come away from The Emirates with all 3 points but I’m sure Sam would be happy with an away point.