Arsenal v Manchester United


AM at 2014-11-22 21:04:33


Mike Dean had control of this game. Players overall accepted his decisions and his strength particularly early in this game was his clever use of advantage and communication with players. He has also shown a good fitness level and had to work extremely hard in the final moments.

Again we will be talking about the key moments and decisions in the game. Mike for the first 30 minutes or so had very little dissent, few free kicks with good player behaviour seen overall. There was a penalty claim early in the game with replays showing that a penalty kick to Arsenal would have been the correct outcome, although Mike would have needed assistance from Jake Collin in this situation and this did not happen. A further big moment arrived in the 32nd minute a routine free kick awarded to Man Utd following a foul by Wilshere on Fellaini. Wilshere has then raced directly to Mike Dean in a dissenting and angry arm waving manner (no yellow card is shown, I was surprised by this as Mike is usually consistent in this area? following this Wilshere has then deliberately shoved his forehead into Fellaini`s chin and a red card was then expected with Mike choosing to speak to both players. Replays have just shown that in the lead up to Man Utd`s first goal there is a clear push by Felliaini on Gibbs just prior to the goal. Mike will no doubt be judged by these key moments in this game and there can be no doubt that he controlled and managed this game well. But the talking points from this game again will be the key moments that Match Officials are needing to raise their own game to get these key decisions correct. In my opinion they need more training and review of these key decisions to learn and help improve on their own performances with the help from their Management and Coaching teams.

I was disappointed with Darren England in this game – a key moment for him was not to flag Van Persie offside in the first half. I feel that this non offside decision effected his concentration for the remainder of this game and his body language, flagging technique and movement subsequently, suffered from this important decision.

Jake Collin had a clear moment in the 1st half when he did not flag a penalty for Arsenal when it would have been credible to have done so, again with the use of replays. An offside given in the 2nd half against Rooney when he was clearly well onside was poor judgement at this or any level.

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AM at 2014-11-22 20:29:15

Mike Dean then blows his whistle to signal the end of this game and a 1-2 win for Man Utd.

Summary to follow……….

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AM at 2014-11-22 20:27:48

Mike Dean then has to manage an untidy situation with players from both teams getting involved to make an untidy ending to this game.

AM at 2014-11-22 20:26:34

Time delay by Man Utd at the taking of a throw in and a yellow card is then shown by Mike Dean to WilsonYellow Card. Could have been shown slightly  earlier. All a bit untidy and Giroud then shown a yellow card.

Yellow Card

AM at 2014-11-22 20:23:02

As we enter the final 3 minutes of added time what a goal from Giroud of Arsenal! game on!


AM at 2014-11-22 20:21:28

I would like to see an improvement in Darren`s body language and in field focus. Is he mentally and physically tired? an area for his coach to work with and a review of this game with Darren would be beneficial.

AM at 2014-11-22 20:17:55

8 minutes added time shown by Mike Jones the 4th Official.

AM at 2014-11-22 20:17:05

Throw in awarded by Darren to Arsenal, the flag was quick and hurried and lacked conviction. Just hold the flag that bit longer that adds credibility. Offside against Arsenal. Man Utd sub 18 off and 24 on. Free kick to Man Utd.

AM at 2014-11-22 20:14:24

Goal kick awarded to Arsenal by Collin from a close and credible position

AM at 2014-11-22 20:12:49

GOAL!Rooney in a breakaway scores to increase the lead to 0-2.


AM at 2014-11-22 20:11:33

Mike is communicating well to the players off the ball and 19 of Arsenal keeps on his feet in the  Man Utd penalty area as Arsenal press forward

AM at 2014-11-22 20:09:45

Mike awards a free kick to Man Utd and will now be utilising all his experience and knowledge to keep on top of this frenetic game as it enters the closing stages

AM at 2014-11-22 20:07:57

An extremely quick breakaway by Man Utd and Mike is having to work extremely hard to keep up with play.

AM at 2014-11-22 20:06:32

Fellaini commits a further free kick, he is totting up the free kicks, keep an eye on him, because he could well change this game.

AM at 2014-11-22 20:04:56

Arsenal sub 16 of and 12 on Giroud returns, this will change things. What do you think of the key decisions so far in this game?

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AM at 2014-11-22 20:02:51

Man Utd sub 20 off 49 on. Look at the change in the pattern of play as subs change game play

AM at 2014-11-22 20:02:01

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AM at 2014-11-22 20:01:07

As we move into the final 15 minutes the match officials will need full concentration for every decision as the tempo is rising

AM at 2014-11-22 20:00:18

Free kick to Arsenal, contested by Rooney Captain and Mike has a word with him. Out comes the spray and the free kick goes over the bar.

AM at 2014-11-22 19:58:45

Corner kick to Arsenal good movement and angle achieved by Mike .

AM at 2014-11-22 19:56:59

Replays have just shown that no penalty kick to Man Utd a few minutes earlier was the correct decision.

AM at 2014-11-22 19:55:48

Advantage played by Mike, with a pulling offence just earlier on an Arsenal player which could have been given. Mike would have been better to have given this free kick as the tempo is up

AM at 2014-11-22 19:53:59

No free kick awarded to Man Utd when it appeared to be a foul on Rooney in front of Jake Collin

AM at 2014-11-22 19:52:26

A goal and the tempo goes up and the first yellow card of the game is shown to the 19 of Arsenal

AM at 2014-11-22 19:50:38

Poor offside flag by Collin. Rooney well onside not even close. You have to ask position and concentration of Jake Collin.

AM at 2014-11-22 19:49:20

Szczesny goal keeper injured off Martinez on

AM at 2014-11-22 19:48:45

GOAL!GOAL!Man Utd score through an own goal by Gibbs. Tight non flag for offside by Collin on Felliaini


AM at 2014-11-22 19:42:48

Arsenal sub Wilshere who should have seen red in the 1st half is off and 19 on

AM at 2014-11-22 19:41:43

Wilshere is injured in a challenge with McNair. Stoppage in play and the Arsenal physio is on.

AM at 2014-11-22 19:37:50

Good dynamic and change of sprint by Mike gets him into the best viewing position with an Arsenal breakaway.

AM at 2014-11-22 19:35:41

Corner kick to Arsenal and a good viewing position adopted by Mike to view any grappling

AM at 2014-11-22 19:33:59

A good early throw in awarded by Darren to Arsenal. He will be pleased to get that decision under his belt.

AM at 2014-11-22 19:32:52

The 2nd half is underway.

AM at 2014-11-22 19:32:33

Mike Dean has shown a very good and dynamic sprint when required. He has achieved match control and applied the advantage clause in a clear and positive manner. Teamwork has been good. Just the one key moment when a red card would have been the correct outcome for Wilshere who puts his head into Felliaini`s chin following the award of a free kick to Man Utd. He also reacted in a dissenting manner towards who had a good view of the situation but decided to take no action? I wonder why? There has also been a review of the earlier penalty shout by Arsenal but in view this is not a penalty kick what do you think?

Darren England in the 40th minute did not flag Van Persie offside and I have copied the law in respect of this as below.

Offside – Challenging an opponent for the ball



is part of the criteria “interfering with an opponent“and makes an offside position punishable. Interfering with an opponent is one of three criteria that determine the punishability of an offside position, which is no offence in itself. Besides challenging an opponent for the ball, clearly obstructing the line of vision belongs to interfering with an opponent. The probably most difficult facet of the current version of Law 11 concerns “challenging an opponent for the ball”. Law 11 does not further define the meaning of this term. After the implementation in July 2013, UEFA’s guidelines stated that an attacker, who is initially in an offside position, challenges an opponent for the ball when two criteria are fulfilled:

1. Physical interference with an opponent and

2. Being within playing distance (the ball should be maximum 1.5 metres away)

It was emphasized that – contrary to the former rule – challenging an opponent means something more than making a gesture or movement which, in the opinion of the referee, deceives or distracts an opponent.
Well there you have it and what do you think? A good talking point.

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AM at 2014-11-22 19:18:46

Half time and no goals that half went quickly.

AM at 2014-11-22 19:18:00

Goal kick to Man Utd awarded by Jake Collin. I would of just like to have seen him award this from a position on the goal line, not a metre down the touchline. Credibility!

AM at 2014-11-22 19:15:36

2 minutes added time

AM at 2014-11-22 19:15:00

As we enter the final minute plus added time, Mike will be looking for a safe and calm ending to this half.

AM at 2014-11-22 19:13:22

Darren England then appears to signal a goal kick with Mike Dean having a better view to award a corner kick to Man Utd. Has Darren`s concentration just been effected by the earlier non offside decision?

AM at 2014-11-22 19:11:41

Van Persie not flagged offside when in my opinion he is active coming back from an offside position, just behind the Arsenal defending player who has to head the ball behind for a corner kick.

AM at 2014-11-22 19:10:05

Quick break from Man Utd and a corner kick is the outcome, followed by another corner kick to Man Utd. No grappling seen from this or previous corner kicks

AM at 2014-11-22 19:07:25

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AM at 2014-11-22 19:06:14

As we enter the 35th minute there has been one major incident so far in this game, which is as I have just described. Could it be that because the first 30 minutes went so well that Mike felt that he could manage the situation involving Fellaini and Wilshere?

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AM at 2014-11-22 19:03:22

Free kick to Man Utd foul by Wilshere Arsenal on Fellanini. Wilshere has reacted towards Mike Dean in a dissenting manner and has also then put his head into Fellanini and Wilshere should have been shown the red card. Mike Dean appeared to have a good view of the incident. No action taken by the referee though in this situation.

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AM at 2014-11-22 18:59:15

Advantage again played by Mike to Arsenal with a  free kick then being awarded to Man Utd to be taken by De Gea

AM at 2014-11-22 18:57:38

Deflection for a 3rd corner kick to Arsenal

AM at 2014-11-22 18:56:26

Corner kick to Arsenal awarded by Collin and this is cleared by Man Utd

AM at 2014-11-22 18:54:46

Free kick to Arsenal, Mike is straight on the spot of the free kick looking to the next phase of play and communicating to the players.

AM at 2014-11-22 18:53:05

What are your thoughts so far in this game?

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AM at 2014-11-22 18:51:23

Great close position achieved by Mike to award a free kick to Man Utd. Here comes the spray and look at the preventative management style that Mike adopts prior to the taking of the free kick and also his position to view the next phase of play.

AM at 2014-11-22 18:49:24

Mike and team will be happy with the opening 20 minutes good eye to eye from the Match Officials with Mike leading the team well. Good verbal and hand / arm signals is a good communication tool of Mike`s. Keep an eye on this throughout this game it is a great learning point.

AM at 2014-11-22 18:46:36

Penalty claims by Wilshere, however not in my opinion  a correct decision by the  match officials. Jake Collin on the nearside touchline having a good view and deciding no penalty. Man Utd sub 3 off and 18 on

AM at 2014-11-22 18:43:53

Good advantage by Mike Dean to Arsenal good signal technique with a further advantage to Arsenal, Wilshere has a shot on goal. Mike is giving the game every opportunity to flow early on and the players are responding to this very well.

AM at 2014-11-22 18:41:43

Free kick to Manchester United, followed by a throw in given by Darren England in a positive manner showing good body language and signal technique.

AM at 2014-11-22 18:39:25

Shaw of Manchester United is injured following a collision with 15 of Arsenal and a correction is that Collin is on the Technical Area touchline with England on the far touchline.

AM at 2014-11-22 18:34:44

The Assistant Referees tonight are Jake Collin on the far touchline and Darren England on the Technical Area touchline.

AM at 2014-11-22 18:33:38

Good early hold of the flag for a non offside from Jake Collin, followed by an offside against Van Persie

AM at 2014-11-22 18:31:45

Early free kick to Manchester United and a smile from Mike Dean looking relaxed and confident early on.

AM at 2014-11-22 18:30:24

Mike Dean the match referee blows his whistle to signal the kick off.

AM at 2014-11-22 18:28:27

As the players and match officials enter the field of play for the customary handshakes, get ready for a marvellous game in prospect!

AM at 2014-11-22 18:27:09

Mike Dean is assisted tonight by Jake Collin and Darren England. 4th Official is Mike Jones. We wish all Match Officials all the best of luck tonight!

AM at 2014-11-22 18:25:46

Mike Dean is today`s referee and he has so far this season refereed 8 games to date showing a total of 41 yellow average = 5.1 per game and 2 red cards he was first appointed to the Premier League list in 2000-01.

Personal information
Year of birth 1968
County FA Cheshire FA
First Premier League Match 9 September 2000: Leicester City v Southampton


Mike Dean has consistently officiated at the top level of English football since being appointed to the Select Group of referees in 2000. He has gone on to referee a number of crucial league and cup matches since.

Dean’s first steps on to the Football League ladder came in 1995 as an assistant referee. He was promoted to the full referees’ list two years later and went on to officiate in the top flight of English football at the turn of the millennium.

In 2003, Dean was promoted to the FIFA list and took control of the FA Community Shield between Arsenal and Manchester United a year later. A Championship Play-off Final followed in 2006 and he was in the middle for his first FA Cup Final in 2008, when Portsmouth defeated Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium. He also officiated Birmingham City’s League Cup triumph over Arsenal in 2011.

Dean has enjoyed a successful international career too, which began when he officiated a friendly between Netherlands and Republic of Ireland in 2004. In addition, he’s since taken charge of Europa League and European Championship matches.

AM at 2014-11-22 18:24:08


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AM at 2014-11-22 18:18:02

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AM at 2014-11-22 18:11:28

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Today’s Question

A winger bursts into the penalty area, dribbling along the goal line. He nutmegs a defender and then tries to run past him, but in doing so, runs off the field of play. The defender’s challenge is rash and he fouls the winger – but the foul takes place while the winger is off the field, even though the ball is still in play. Do you award a penalty kick, an indirect free kick or allow play to go on?

AM at 2014-11-22 18:10:23

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AM at 2014-11-22 18:04:21

Welcome to this live REF CAM game which is being played at The Emirates Stadium,  London England. Between Arsenal and Manchester United in The FA Premier League. Before tonight`s game Arsenal were lying in 6th place with Manchester United lying just one place below them.



  • Manchester United have lost just one of their last 14 matches against Arsenal in all competitions (W10, D3, L1). That sole Arsenal win came courtesy of Aaron Ramsey’s goal at the Emirates in May 2011.
  • The clubs have met 219 times in all competitions. Manchester United lead by 92 wins to Arsenal’s 79 and there have been 48 draws.
  • Arsenal have lost to Manchester United 20 times in the Premier League, more than they have against any other team.