Arsenal v Leicester
Commentary By: Mark Halsey
FINAL SCORE: 4 - 3
MH at 2017-08-11 21:57:22
What a pulsating start to the Season for the Premier League in this 7 goal thriller. The players must take great credit for their attitude and behaviour only 1 yellow card in stoppage time for L5. Also great credit must go to Mike Dean and his team for allowing us to have a pulsating game to watch with the way he refereed this football match. He allowed the game to breath and flow, he wasn't fussy, he played some excellent advantages, he managed the players very well, very proactive, he was very well supported by his 2 assistants I thought they were both outstanding. A referee is like a goal keeper you can be outstanding for 89 minutes you can be perceived to make one error in that final minute and the talk is all about that one error which came very late in the game with Arsenals 4th goal that should have been ruled out for hand ball. What a great shame because i though Mike was outstanding that's why it is so important to keep your focus and concentration throughout the game because if you switch off as I said in my blog this is what happens.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:43:12
MH at 2017-08-11 21:42:32
Just seen a replay of the handball by A11 in the build up to Arsenals 4th goal and you have to say it was deliberately brought down by A11's arm and a free kick to Leicester should have been given but no one picked it up in real time. Had VAR been in operation that goal would have been disallowed.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:38:47
L5 . First caution of the night.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:35:40
A good decision by assistant DC, A14 offside.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:34:20
A minimum of 5 minutes added time.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:33:27
Replays show a hint of hand ball in the lead up to Arsenals goal very difficult for the officials to see and was it deliberate? It's important that Mike stays fully focused and doesn't lose concentration as this game is nowhere near over yet.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:30:19
Arsenal 12. Another one of Arsen's substitutes puts them in front.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:28:35
Excellent save by Leicester keeper again
MH at 2017-08-11 21:26:45
MH at 2017-08-11 21:25:23
Substitution for Leicester. L8 ON, L22OFF.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:18:41
Substitution for Arsenal. A23 OFF, A14 ON.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:17:42
Mikes positing is more central not as wide as he was in the first half, that is understandable due to the pace of the game.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:15:13
Asubstitution for Leicester. L18 ON, L 20 OFF
MH at 2017-08-11 21:13:45
I still think there's more goals in this game as it is so open.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:12:49
Great chance for A8 but puts it wide
MH at 2017-08-11 21:10:42
Substitution for Arsenal. A8 ON, A35 OFF. A16 Off, A12 ON.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:07:17
Excellent save by the Leicester keeper after a Shot by A24.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:06:21
62 minutes no cautions as yet, that's down to Mike Deans excellent recognition of careless and reckless challenges.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:03:29
Good decision by assistant DC after rebound off the keeper, correct offside given.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:02:32
Vardy looks on fire.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:01:10
Yet again more poor defending by Arsenal.
MH at 2017-08-11 21:00:18
MH at 2017-08-11 20:59:28
Good tip over by the Arsenal keeper after a shot by L26.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:58:23
What a tackle by the Arsenal keeper.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:57:37
It's important for a referee in a game of this pace that he uses the dead ball time to take a breather and to move into position for the next phase of play. Mike is doing that, his reading and anticipation of play is excellent.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:53:39
Free kick correctly given after a foul on L26.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:52:08
Good to see Mike Dean managing the players after a bit of holding and pushing in the penalty area from a long throw. Took up the unusual position of standing on the goal line to let the players know he was there. Excellent proactive refereeing by Mike.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:49:32
Pulsating first half can the players keep up the pace?
MH at 2017-08-11 20:48:47
Leicester to get us underway.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:46:19
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MH at 2017-08-11 20:42:03
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MH at 2017-08-11 20:36:49
Excellent first half by the officials keep it up.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:36:01
MH at 2017-08-11 20:35:38
Excellent non offside flag by assistant SL.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:34:02
MH at 2017-08-11 20:31:25
A minimum of 2 minutes added time.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:30:30
Handball claim by Arsenal was it deliberate in my opinion no I agree with Mike Dean, the pace of the ball and distance of the player from the ball.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:24:58
Pleasing to see Mike Dean having a chuckle with L5. It's so important to referee with a smile on your face it defuses so many situations.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:22:38
Free kick given to A9.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:20:41
Offside correctly given by assistant SL on A23.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:18:02
The intensity is immense at present, there's no need for Mike Dean to slow the game down as there is no threat to his control at present as he is on top of everything.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:16:23
Very poor defending by Arsenal leading to Leicester taking the lead.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:15:21
MH at 2017-08-11 20:14:41
Definitely not handball after a deflected shot leading to the save by Leicester keeper.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:13:13
Excellent save by the Leicester keeper.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:12:23
Excellent start to the Premier League end to end.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:10:53
Mikes positioning and movement is impressive at present getting himself into good positions to pick up all infringements.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:09:26
Offside given by assistant SL.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:07:39
You can be sure that the next late challenge by L15 will be a caution.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:06:22
Challenge by L15 good to see 'Mike manage the situation as in my opinion it's a careless challenge and not a promising attack as there are Leicester players around the incident.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:04:36
Free kick correctly given careless challenge by A24 on L11.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:03:33
L9 offside, correctly given by assistant DC.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:02:31
15 minutes gone and it's pleasing to see Mike not being fussy with physical challenges. He is giving the game a chance and letting it breath, leading to an exciting game at present.
MH at 2017-08-11 20:00:47
A11 offside good advantage played by Mike Dean.
MH at 2017-08-11 19:58:31
Foul by A16 correctly given to Leicester.
MH at 2017-08-11 19:56:23
Mike Dean looking really confident, he's picking up the small fouls that will gain the players trust in his decision making.
MH at 2017-08-11 19:54:03
Good advantage by Mike Dean to Arsenal after a challenge by L15
MH at 2017-08-11 19:52:22
A question of offside in my opinion that's a tough tough call for Darren Cann to make and I would support a non flag in this instance.
MH at 2017-08-11 19:50:55
Leicester 20. What a reply
MH at 2017-08-11 19:49:37
Could this be the quickest goal of the opening weekend of the season???
MH at 2017-08-11 19:48:38
Arsenal 9, excellent header.
MH at 2017-08-11 19:47:47
First free kick to Arzenal, Careless challenge by L5.
MH at 2017-08-11 19:45:59
Arsenal to get us underway.
MH at 2017-08-11 19:42:08
The teams are in the tunnel.
MH at 2017-08-11 19:27:23
18 minutes before we get the2017-2018 season underway.
MH at 2017-08-11 19:26:32
Arsenal will be looking to get the season off to a winning start while I feel Leicester will be happy to go away with a point, so the onus will be on Arsenal to play attacking football, let's hope we see goals. Tonight's referee will be Mike Dean who is a very experience official. Both teams have complained about Mike in previous seasons, I feel this is a very good appointment you always put your best officials on the opening live games of the season as you always want to get the season off to a good start as far as officials are concerned.
He will be assisted by Simon Long technical area side, Darren Cann and 4th official Lee Mason. Good luck to all.
MH at 2017-08-11 19:19:57
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