Arsenal v Manchester United


DM at 2017-05-07 17:57:02


Full-time summary

Although this match lacked the intensity that an Arsenal v Man Utd fixture normally has, it nevertheless needed to be refereed and Andre Marriner had control of this game from the first until the last whistle. His relaxed style and approach suited the match and his decision-making was consistently correct throughout.  Andre Marriner tempo managed the game very well and slowed it down where necessary.  He also allowed it to flow for long periods and he utilised the advantage clause very well and this benefited the game as a whole.  I thought the single caution of the match was harsh and the referee could have managed it in the context of this game.  However, there were no big decisions the referee called incorrectly and he managed the game from start to finish, a sound and solid performance from one of our top referees.

Assistants Ledger and Beck both had a good afternoon, although they will both be disappointed with the one offside indication a piece that was wrong.  On the whole though they assisted the referee very well and judged their level of involvement to match that of Andre Marriner.  Craig Pawson will have been expecting a busier afternoon and he can be pleased that his low key approach was all that was needed to control the technical areas.

Well done to Andre Marriner and his team, overall they can be pleased with a good afternoon’s work.


DM at 2017-05-07 17:50:18

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DM at 2017-05-07 17:49:33

Full Time


DM at 2017-05-07 17:46:34

Minimum of 3 minutes added time to be played


DM at 2017-05-07 17:43:52

The referee reads the challenge on H7 Sanchez correctly as he was on his way to ground before any contact from his opponent.  Immediately following this, another good advantage to Arsenal.


DM at 2017-05-07 17:40:54

Arsenal sub 23 off, 24 on

Arsenal sub 15 off, 12 on

MUFC sub 8 off, 39 on


DM at 2017-05-07 17:37:50

H15 Oxlade-Chamberlain vents his fury after being penalised for a foul close to the touchline.  I don’t think the Arsenal player did anything wrong and the flag by AR Ledger was unnecessary.  However, the Arsenal player’s reaction should have been dealt with by the referee.


DM at 2017-05-07 17:32:06

Arsenal Sub 29 off, 34 on


DM at 2017-05-07 17:29:08

A10 Rooney has now gone to ground twice and attempted to trip an opponent, I think the referee will have to caution him if he does it again.


DM at 2017-05-07 17:27:47

Another good advantage by the referee as the Arsenal player is fouled.

DM at 2017-05-07 17:26:51

For the benefit of Mark Halsey, H refers to home team players and A refers to the away team

DM at 2017-05-07 17:25:00

The caution of Koscielny at first glance looked a harsh one.  The referee has undoubtedly penalised the scissor action of the Arsenal player as he went to ground but I would have supported a public reprimand in that situation.


DM at 2017-05-07 17:23:29

Yellow CardH6 Koscielny for a reckless challenge



DM at 2017-05-07 17:21:29

This time Oxlade Chamberlain is penalised as he trips Lingard.  The referee correctly awards a free-kick to Manchester United.


DM at 2017-05-07 17:20:36

The referee judges the challenge on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area by H15 Oxlade Chamberlain on A14 Lingard as a fair one.  It looked to me as though the Manchester United player was fouled.


DM at 2017-05-07 17:18:59

MUFC Sub 21 off, 19 on


DM at 2017-05-07 17:16:45

MUFC Sub 22 off 14 on


DM at 2017-05-07 17:13:59

GOAL! Arsenal 23 Welbeck



DM at 2017-05-07 17:13:25

AR Ledger in a fantastic position to correctly judge that the whole of the ball didn’t cross the line.  Very good communication and management of the Arsenal Player who disagreed.


DM at 2017-05-07 17:11:54

As a referee you have to be aware of factors that can change games. Goals can affect the way a game is played so the officials will have this in mind during this period of the match as Manchester United try to get an equalising goal.


DM at 2017-05-07 17:10:26

GOAL! H29 Xhara


DM at 2017-05-07 17:02:56

AR Beck raises his flag and A11 Martial is penalised for offside.

DM at 2017-05-07 17:01:45

Andre Marriner gets the second half underway

DM at 2017-05-07 17:00:00

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DM at 2017-05-07 16:57:29

In the 26 Premier League games Andre Marriner has refereed, he has issued 92 yellow cards and 2 red cards.  Interestingly, he is still a FIFA referee having been granted an extension, which was recommended by The FA.  This is a sign of the lack of succession planning at the highest level, as we currently have two over-age FIFA officials.

DM at 2017-05-07 16:50:55

Half Time Summary

The referee has had a good first-half, controlling the game using his vast experience.  Andre Marriner has recognised challenges very well and he has correctly penalised foul challenges but he has not overreacted and has not had the need to issue any disciplinary action. The referee allows the game to flow and he played a very good advantage which benefited the home team.  Although the referee has been rather central and he lacks a dynamic sprint, these issues have not caused him any problems in the first half.  The two Assistants have provided a good level of support and although they have both got one offside wrong they on the whole have done a sound job.

DM at 2017-05-07 16:46:58

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DM at 2017-05-07 16:46:20

Half Time


DM at 2017-05-07 16:45:26

A minimum of 1 minute added time will be played


DM at 2017-05-07 16:43:45

Andre Marriner correctly awards a free-kick to Arsenal as A21 trips his opponent.  Interestingly, the TV picks up AR Ledger communicating his thoughts about the Manchester United, when he mistakenly thinks the kick has been taken.  Match official have to be careful as the TV picks up sound as well as pictures!


DM at 2017-05-07 16:40:11

Replays show that AR Beck was indeed wrong as the Arsenal player Welbeck was level when the ball was played.  Although the ball ended up in the net, the A38 Tuanzebe stopped when he saw the flag, so a goal would not have resulted otherwise.  Nevertheless it is an incorrect decision.


DM at 2017-05-07 16:37:11

AR Beck in my opinion gets that one wrong as Welbeck looked level with the second last defender when the ball was played.


DM at 2017-05-07 16:33:36

Andre Marriner again uses his experience to speak to the Arsenal player following a handball offence on the halfway line.  The offence in itself did not require anything other than a free-kick to be awarded but the tempo of the match has increased and the referee picked that moment to slow things down.


DM at 2017-05-07 16:31:37

That is the first decision of the game in terms of foul challenges that, I think the referee has got wrong as A4 Jones was charged in the back by the home team player in a dangerous area.  It would have been wiser to have given a free-kick to the defending team in that situation.


DM at 2017-05-07 16:28:59

Replays show that the offside flag by AR Ledger against A11 Martial was incorrect as the player was level.


DM at 2017-05-07 16:28:00

Very good advantage by Andre Marriner as A10 fouls H15, I think the referee was correct to not take any further action.  The incident caused a minor reaction in the technical areas and Craig Pawson dealt with this sensibly.


DM at 2017-05-07 16:26:37

Andre Marriner uses his experience there to slow the game down and order the retake of the free-kick.  H29 Xhaka felt aggrieved that he was not awarded a free-kick and he then fouled A11.  The referee took a moment to speak to the player, ensuring things didn’t get out of hand.


DM at 2017-05-07 16:23:41

A very good piece of refereeing by Andre Marriner as he spoke to A22 Mkhitaryan as play continued.  The Manchester United player was caught late and the referee kept a trailing eye on the incident and allowed play to continue as Manchester United were attacking.  Although the referee pointed towards the incident and spoke to the player, it would have been even better communicated with an advantage signal.


DM at 2017-05-07 16:20:39

AR Ledger again on the spot to correctly indicate a careless challenge by H7 Sanchez, as he trips an opponent.


DM at 2017-05-07 16:18:47

A busy period for the Assistants.  AR Ledger this time indicates a handball offence by A11 Martial.  The Manchester United player moved his arm to control the ball and although it may have appeared harsh, it was safe officiating to award the free-kick.


DM at 2017-05-07 16:16:33

Another piece of good assistant refereeing, this time by Simon Beck. He correctly flags for a foul by H15 Oxlade-Chamberlain.


DM at 2017-05-07 16:15:34

Good teamwork by AR Ledger and referee Marriner as H6 Koscielny blocks off A11 Martial.  The flag and whistle told everyone, it was a careless foul and a direct-free kick only was correctly awarded.


DM at 2017-05-07 16:12:55

Good offside flag by AR Ledger


DM at 2017-05-07 16:12:29

Although there has not been a lot to do for the officials in the opening 10 minutes, Andre Marriner is staying fairly central and he does potentially need to be a little more aware.  Following the challenge by H5 on A21, there was a slight reaction by the Manchester United player and in a game like this the referee needs to be on the spot to diffuse any potential flashpoints.


DM at 2017-05-07 16:06:31

Arsenal’s counter-attack exposed the referee’s lack of a dynamic sprint, he will need to be on his toes throughout so that he does not get detached from play


DM at 2017-05-07 16:04:35

Careless challenge by H15 Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andre Marriner correctly awards a free-kick to MUFC.

DM at 2017-05-07 16:00:12

Andre Marriner gets the game underway

DM at 2017-05-07 15:58:22

This season to date, Andre Marriner has refereed 34 matches, issuing 133 yellow cards and dismissing 7 players.  I am pretty confident in predicting that he is sure to add to that tally this afternoon.

DM at 2017-05-07 15:56:31

Andre Marriner is an experienced referee at this level, he was promoted to the Select Group in 2005 and he refereed the 2013 FA Cup Final.  He is renown for his calm approach and he is a good manager of players. Simon Beck was an Assistant on the 2016 Champions League and Euro 2016 Final and in my opinion, since he resigned from the FIFA List of Assistants, this year has been one of his best.  He looks calm and is obviously benefiting from not having the added pressure of working internationally.  Scott Ledger is in my opinion one of the best Assistants on the list.  How he has not yet officiated the FA Cup Final is a mystery.  Controlling the technical areas will be Craig Pawson, he will need all of his man management skills today as it is likely to get a little feisty, especially if things down’t go the way of one of these managers.

DM at 2017-05-07 15:50:30

The appointed match officials for the game are:

Referee – Andre Marriner

Assistants – Simon Beck and Scott Ledger

4th official – Craig Pawson

DM at 2017-05-07 15:47:32

Welcome to this afternoon’s ref cam as Arsenal host Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.