SM at 2015-01-11 16:32:46


Arsenal’s early goal set the tone and they controlled things in a comfortable manner.

From a Referee’s point of view Jon Moss was able to maintain quite a “low profile” as most offences were of a minor careless nature. However, the third Arsenal goal early in the second half effectively snuffed out any hope of a Stoke revival and as frustration became evident Jon was able to assert authority with yellow cards which were all fully justified. He was able to detect all the minor offences and while attempting to allow as much flow as possible, he recognised the necessity to clamp down on these offences to ensure his level of control was not to be threatened. At least today we can say that there were no key incidents that were incorrect and this was a relatively “easy” afternoon for all four officials with no obvious talking points regarding the Referee’s performance. Good on you Jon.

SM at 2015-01-11 16:24:01

Full Time

Jon Moss brings the game to a close with Arsenal victors by 3 goals to nil and so moving up to 5th in the table.

SM at 2015-01-11 16:21:25

2 minutes added time to be played.

SM at 2015-01-11 16:16:15

The game is now being littered with sily minor offences which break up the flow of the game. The Referee is having no option but to stop play and award the free kicks.

SM at 2015-01-11 16:14:47

Another minor careless offence by a Stoke player spotted by Referee.

SM at 2015-01-11 16:13:09

Good offside detection by Assistant West

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Yet another minor push gives Arsena a free kick.

SM at 2015-01-11 16:10:42

Referee spots another minor offence and awards free-kick.

SM at 2015-01-11 16:08:43

Stoke get ball in the net but the Stoke player is offside and Assistant Halliday gives an immediate flag signal so the Referee can disallow the “goal”.

SM at 2015-01-11 16:05:43

Although Stoke players are showing frustration, the action of the Referee in issuing the yellow cards seems to have the desired effect in ensuring control is not threatened.


Stoke no7 for 27 and Arsenal 11 for 12. 4th Official supervises

SM at 2015-01-11 15:59:06

Arsenal substitute Walcott for Oxlade-Chamberlain.

SM at 2015-01-11 15:56:49

Strong challenge by Wollscheid on Carzola. Referee needs to keep a close eye on these challenges when players are frustrated.

SM at 2015-01-11 15:54:55

Stoke players getting frustrated and Crouch gets a yellow card following a reckless challenge.Yellow Card

SM at 2015-01-11 15:53:47

Notice how the Referee is conserving energy when possible by maintaining a walking movement when appropriate. Advantage applied to Arsenal with a clear signal but was it really an advantage?

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However, when play stopped Stoke No20 Cameron received a yellow card for the offence.Yellow Card

SM at 2015-01-11 15:50:02

Free  kick to Stoke following another minor careless challenge. Referee working well to achieve positions which keeps him reasonably near to play when a judgement has to be made. This gives added credibility to any decision.  Another Stoke free kick comes to nothing.

SM at 2015-01-11 15:43:46

Another foul by by a Stoke player who pulls back Sanchez hence Wellscheid receives a yellow card.Yellow CardThe caution fully warranted.

SM at 2015-01-11 15:40:26

Foul right on the edge of the penalty area by Sidwell on Chamberlain. A god ten yard with the vanishing spray being used for the defensive wall. GOAL! The ball somehow finds its way into the net for a third goal to Arsenal.

SM at 2015-01-11 15:38:27

Immediate Arsenal corner. Referee watching for holding and pushing but not to much there.

SM at 2015-01-11 15:37:15

Assistant West checks substitutes. Pieters and Nzonzi off and replaced by Muniesa and Sidwell.

SM at 2015-01-11 15:30:13


The early Arsenal goal put the home team on the front foot but Stoke responded positively. However, after the second Arsenal goal the temperature of the game increased with a number of minor careless challenges as Stoke players upped their intensity. All offences have been detected by the Referee but a high concentration must be maintained by the Officials for the second half when it is expected that Stoke wlil increase intensity. Strong, positive Refereeing will be the order of the day, particularly if Stoke manage to reduce the arrears.

SM at 2015-01-11 15:20:36

Half Time

SM at 2015-01-11 15:20:05

Another minor careless challenge by Whelan. God flag signal by Assistant West.

SM at 2015-01-11 15:18:42

Foul by Nzonzi on Gitoud. Spotted by Referee. Free kick leads to Arsenal corner

SM at 2015-01-11 15:16:28

Referee constantly having to change the direction of his movement when Arsenal play the ball about. Sometimes it is better to adopt a static position while play developes.  5 minutes added time displayed by the 4th Official.

SM at 2015-01-11 15:13:56

Giroud thinks he was fouled in the penalty area. The Referee gives a goalkick which I think was the correct decision. Crouch again catches his opponent as he challenges for a bouncing bal. Free kick to Arsenal.

SM at 2015-01-11 15:11:57

Good movement by Assistant Halliday to keep pace with play.

SM at 2015-01-11 15:10:07

Collision between Crouch and Monreal at an aerial challenge. The Arsenal player stays down to receive treatment while the Referee has “quiet word” with the Stoke player.This appeared to be the case of the forward’s arm catching his opponent has he jumped to chellenge for the ball.. The Referee deems it to be accidental and monitors the treatment of the Arsenal player Does the Stoke player use his arm intentionally?

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SM at 2015-01-11 15:03:37

GOAL! Second goal for Arsenal by Sanchez.

SM at 2015-01-11 15:00:37

Temperature of the game increases. The Referee needs to be aware of this and react accordingly to ensure control is retained. Foul on Rosicky by Arnautovic. Free kick to Arsenal.

SM at 2015-01-11 14:58:46

Another Arsenal corner. Assistant in correct position behind the flag.

SM at 2015-01-11 14:56:53

Trip by Monreal gives Stoke a free-kick. Assistant West gives credibility to decision with a good flag signal. Referee deals sensibly with the goal area pushing and holding prior to kick being taken. Let’s hope this has the desired effect for later.

SM at 2015-01-11 14:54:11

Advantage played by Referee again. Good detection of careless challenge by Rosicky after the ball had been played away.  Shows thast use of the “trailing eye” pays dividends.

Foul by Bojan leads to a free kick to Arsenal. Referee again in close proximity.

SM at 2015-01-11 14:51:08

Good crabbing movement on the touchline by Assistant Halliday to maintain correct position while keeping the field of play in view.

SM at 2015-01-11 14:49:29

Referee has “quiet word ” with Sanchez who was complaining about Whelan’s hand ball.

SM at 2015-01-11 14:48:31

Foul on Giroud. Referee in close proximity to detect offence.

SM at 2015-01-11 14:47:15

Offside offence recognised and indicated by Assistant with a prompt, clear flag signal.

SM at 2015-01-11 14:46:08

Good advantage allowed by the Referee enables Arsenal to have a shot at goal. Clear arm signal ensures everyone is aware of the Referee’s attitude.

SM at 2015-01-11 14:45:00

Referee well positioned to detect minor careless chalenge and award Stoke a free kick.

SM at 2015-01-11 14:43:27

Substitution: Arsenal’s Bellerin for Debuchy.

SM at 2015-01-11 14:42:04

Accidental collision leaves Arsenal No2 off the pitch with injury. Referee not immediately aware of a problem but then reacts to allow trainer  on.

SM at 2015-01-11 14:39:52

Referee almost in way in central p[osition and has to move quickly to get out of the way. Good recognition of offside offence by Assistant West and clear flag signal given.

SM at 2015-01-11 14:37:13

Ball in the Arsenal net but the ball had already been out of play for a goalkick. Good flag signal from the Assistant The Referee deals well with the quick Arsenal break and is on the spot to award Arsenal a corner kick.  From this Arsenal score the opening goal  Football

SM at 2015-01-11 14:32:49

First corner of the game to Arsenal following a god save by the goalkeeper.

SM at 2015-01-11 14:30:16

Jon Moss gets the game underway.

SM at 2015-01-11 14:27:02

We can only hope that the recent trend that seems to have become engrained into our leading officials where dealing with minor offences seem to take precedence rather than ensuring that  key incidents are recognised correctly and punished in accordance with the Laws. We shall see!

SM at 2015-01-11 14:02:04

This afternoons match comes from the Emirates Stadium and is between Arsenal and Stoke City.

At the start of play Arsenal lie 6th and Stoke 11th in the Premiership table but either team would move up one place with a draw or a win.

Arsenal lost their last game which followed three wins and a draw

Stoke are unbeaten in their last three with two wins and a draw.

Todays match Officials are:

Referee: Jonathon Moss

Assistants: Richard West and Andy Halliday

4th Official: Lee Probert

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