Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

Commentary By: Rob Harris

FINAL SCORE: 1 - 1



RH at 2016-11-06 15:33:15

So the Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • Clattenburg back to his best!
  • Should Arsenals goal have ruled out for offside?
  • Correct penalty award for Tottenham's equaliser
  • Superb Tempo Management
  • A Refereeing performance that demonstrated Impact and Presence

It has to be great news that England's top Referee is back to his best! There was so much to admire in Mark Clattenburg's performance today, his confidence is back, he judged his involvement level well to deliver impact just when it mattered, the players had confidence in him and his presence was always a positive feature and calming influence on the game. Nowhere in his performance was this more evident than in his position and movement.  He read play well and got out wide and deep into the channels like he has before. His cautions were well timed and he chose to talk to players to take the heat out of the game on occasions. Perhaps Wanyama was fortunate to escape a caution but otherwise he's back to his old self. The other talking point in this game was Arsenal's opening goal which has sparked an offside debate. Surely as Wimmer went for the ball his actions were affected by the close proximity of two Arsenal players, at the moment he decided to play the ball his judgement was affected, how could he know which of the two Arsenal players who were moving towards the goal would the ball drop to?, The law does say that

'makes an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball'

So for me the goal should have been ruled out for offside, but I'm sure that it won't end there and that other people may express a contrary view

Otherwise it was a game well controlled and one which will be remembered to those who following Refereeing as the game where Mark Clattenburg returned to top form!


RH at 2016-11-06 14:57:04

Full Time

Summary to follow


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RH at 2016-11-06 14:55:58

Mark Clattenburg has done really well today to track play, stay close, get the right viewing angles and not get in the way of the players, good stuff!


RH at 2016-11-06 14:53:26

A minimum of five minutes added time to be played


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RH at 2016-11-06 14:52:54

Just as well that Girouds header on goal didn't matter as the arsenal man appeared to ground Wimmer carelessly


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RH at 2016-11-06 14:50:55

Cech's slip wasn't fully exposed by Son there as you would have expected a more committed challenge and a call for the Referee, but nothing materialised!


RH at 2016-11-06 14:47:06

Mark Clattenburg just starting to raise his profile with more free kicks for careless challenges, this is good tempo management as we approach the closing minutes!


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RH at 2016-11-06 14:44:52

Again the Referee is ideally placed to see that shirt pull on Danny Rose!


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RH at 2016-11-06 14:43:56

Trippier carelessly grounds Xhaka, no caution required


RH at 2016-11-06 14:42:51

Stay with us on Refcam because coming up at 4.30 my colleague Guy Beale is covering the all Midland game between Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion, these teams had contrasting fortunes last weekend, the Foxes did their confidence no harm with a credible draw at Tottenham and followed that up with another impressive Champions League draw in the week but they will be looking for three points today! Whilst the Baggies were meeting Manchester City on a day when City were so impressive and they will want to put that result firmly behind them and take something from this game! so both teams have something to prove!

 


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RH at 2016-11-06 14:40:55

You sense that the match tempo may rise now with new fresh legged players on and the game open for either team to win in these final 13 minutes


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RH at 2016-11-06 14:37:21

Another good advantage played as Wanyama grounds Giroud in that last Arsenal attack, I would think that Wanyama is on the Referees radar with that challenge and others before!


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RH at 2016-11-06 14:35:19

Yellow CardDier grounds Sanchez but picks up a caution for carrying the ball away and delaying the restart!


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RH at 2016-11-06 14:32:49

That last caution underlining the point I was making about the Referees ability to deliver impact at the moments when it matters!


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RH at 2016-11-06 14:31:34

Yellow CardMark Clattenburg right on the spot to penalise Koscielny's attempt to end that promising Arsenal attack with a trip on Kane


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RH at 2016-11-06 14:29:47

Mark Clattenburg allowing the game to continue as Danny Rose picks up a knock on his ankle before Spurs kick the ball into touch, Danny jogs off before the restart


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RH at 2016-11-06 14:27:17

The second half following in the pattern of the first, that initial 10/15 minutes frenetic activity has eased and the tempo has settled down, this allows the Referee the licence to deliver impact in his game when he has to decisively intervene as he did for the penalty!


RH at 2016-11-06 14:23:06

Its a credit to the players that the main focus of their energy is in attacking the ball and making this such an end to end game where winning the game is the main aim, confidence in the Referee is also a contributing factor!


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RH at 2016-11-06 14:19:03

A great advantage and superb movement in the left hand channel to monitor that last Arsenal attack and award the corner, he's back to his best!


RH at 2016-11-06 14:17:30

Again as was the case in the first half, the opening 15 minutes of this half will surely be full on!


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RH at 2016-11-06 14:14:54

Mark Clattenburg looked so confident and authoritative with that penalty award! spot on!


RH at 2016-11-06 14:13:41

GOAL!Harry Kane levels it from the spot!

 


RH at 2016-11-06 14:13:06

Penalty a Koscienly trip on Wanyama!


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RH at 2016-11-06 14:10:49

In the first two minutes of this half Mark Clattenburg is already showing good judgement in when and when not to penalise challenges, a good recognition of offences


RH at 2016-11-06 14:09:17

Stay with us on Refcam because coming up at 4.30 my colleague Guy Beale is covering the all Midland game between Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion, these teams had contrasting fortunes last weekend, the Foxes did their confidence no harm with a credible draw at Tottenham and followed that up with another impressive Champions League draw in the week but they will be looking for three points today! Whilst the Baggies were meeting Manchester City on a day when City were so impressive and they will want to put that result firmly behind them and take something from this game! so both teams have something to prove!

 


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RH at 2016-11-06 14:08:34

Koscielny with a robust challenge on Son!


RH at 2016-11-06 14:07:15

The second half is underway


RH at 2016-11-06 14:06:24

That offside decision is clearly a major talking point, a view has been expressed that Sanchez was not attempting to play the ball and therefore not offside, I question that, as the ball comes in from the free kick Sanchez moves towards the ball and that point Wimmer has to decide, he cannot determine at that moment which Arsenal player of the two involved the ball will fall to, therefore he has no option but to play the ball. That why I feel that Sanchez's movement towards the ball made his presence being offside.


RH at 2016-11-06 13:57:58

A couple of talking points from that half, the first being should the goal have stood? TV Replays showing that Sanchez was in an offside position at the free kick that led to the own goal, Wimmer clearly felt that he had to play the ball because of the close proximity of the Arsenal player, that's offside for me!

The other talking point being that Mark Clattenburg is looking his old self again. great movement and positioning, superb reading of play and involvement level and great man management to take the sting out the game just when it mattered, lets hope he continues this to the end. A difference of opinion with Simon Bennett once over a goal kick corner but otherwise he's looking good at present. The only issue being that offside call with the goal.


RH at 2016-11-06 13:51:40

Half Time


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:49:47

A minimum of three minutes added time to be played


RH at 2016-11-06 13:48:17

Wanyama catches Walcott with an arm as they go for the ball, nothing maliciouis, Mark Clattenburg does really well to calm things down with a word, great Refereeing!


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:46:57

Well should that goal have stood? there certainly looked to be at least one Arsenal well forward


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:45:25

GOAL!An own goal by Wimmer, but was there an offside offence there?

 


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:44:10

Mark Clattenburg is judging his involvement level well today, he's able to let the game carry on at the moment because of the prevailing mood of the players, that will change at some point and he'll need to intervene more!


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:40:54

What that shirt pulling incident view  didn't show was the Referees position and viewing angle, I guess it wasn't seen


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:39:11

TV replays showing that Vertonghen had a handful of Xhaka's shirt during that last Arsenal attack, if seen that surely would have resulted in a penalty wouldn't  it?


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:36:58

Mark Clattenburg out wide of that last Arsenal attack, that's where we are used to seeing him, this is more like the Clattenburg we know!


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:34:15

The fact that the first half hour has flown by underlines what a fast and open game this is!


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:32:30

With the match tempo more measured and the game firmly under control, that early caution is looking really good at present! but I'm confident that won't be the last time we see yellow today!


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:29:22

Mark Clattenburg seems to be his old self again today, he was right where he needed to be during that last Arsenal attack!


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:28:03

Simon Bennett signalled a corner but the Refereed overrules him, it was a very marginal call, but a reminder of the need for better team work between Referee and Assistant!


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:26:00

Spurs don't seem to playing a particularly high line in defence so its surprising that we've had three clear cut offside calls?


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:24:33

Walcott flagged well offside, that's the third time they've ben  caught offside!


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:22:19

TV replays showing that the earlier challenge by Coquelin on Rose was hard but fair, a typical derby challenge!


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:20:43

The game is starting to take shape now as that initial tempo has eased, Mark Clattenburg is moving well and reading play to take up some decent viewing angles and range


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:18:43

Walcott unlucky not to win a free kick as he was carelessly challenged by Vertonghen


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:15:44

Such is the expectation and passion of this occasion that every time a player goes to ground there is howls emotion from the packed stadium crowd!


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:14:15

Such is the expectation and passion of this occasion that every time a player goes to ground there is howls emotion from the packed stadium crowd!


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:12:46

Ozil correctly flagged offside by Jake Collin


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:11:42

Its a high tempo start as many thought it would be, so that caution was spot on, you can't manage challenges like that especially at competitive stages in a game such as this!


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:09:16

Good advantage played in that last Spurs attack as Kane was grounded


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:08:23

Yellow CardWimmer rightly earns the first caution of the game for an obvious reckless challenge!


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:07:16

Shadows are being cast down the length of the playing area, which shouldn't Assistant Simon Bennett who is operating in the Sunny half of the field of play!


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:04:28

First free kick as Bellerin carelessly challenges Rose


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RH at 2016-11-06 13:03:42

Jake Collin with an early offside flag but Mark Clattenburg astutely waves play on!


RH at 2016-11-06 13:02:38

If you are watching the game on TV, Simon Bennett is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Jake Collin is running the nearside touch line.


RH at 2016-11-06 13:02:12

Our match Referee Mark Clattenburg gets us underway!


RH at 2016-11-06 12:56:56

The teams and Match Officials have entered the field of play!


RH at 2016-11-06 12:54:10

The following is an extract from Jason Pettigroves excellent ‘Runners and Riders’ piece that can be found on the ‘You are the Ref’ website ahead of each weekend’s Premier League action!

Mark Clattenburg: Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Assistants: J. Collin and S. Bennett Fourth official: A. Marriner

The game of the weekend gets exactly the referee the fixture demanded. Europe’s best.

Rarely has a north London derby carried so much significance for both parties. Arsenal can, at the very least, keep pace with Man City if they win too, whilst Spurs can draw level on points with the Gunners if they secure an away victory.

We should see the return of Harry Kane for this game along with Toby Alderweireld, and as such the Lilywhites should be a much more effective force offensively than they have been of late.

For once, Arsenal supporters are behind Arsene Wenger to a man, his side gelling in all areas of the pitch but particularly up front, where they are only second on goals scored overall by a single goal.

Clattenburg can get his pipe, slippers and smoking jacket ready and sit back to enjoy the action with the rest of us. He’ll have no issues with allowing this one to flow, stepping in only when necessary.

If you can’t watch it live, set your recorders – to make sure you get to watch a football and refereeing master class.

Mark Clattenburg – all you need to know

Matches in 2016/17: 7 (5 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 1 Football League appointments in 2016/17: 0

 

 

 


RH at 2016-11-06 12:49:29

Today’s Match Referee is Mark Clattenburg His Assistant Referees are Jake Collin and Simon Bennett. The Fourth Official is Andre Marriner


RH at 2016-11-06 12:44:47

Refcam reports on one of those massive games on any Premier League match day fixture list, it’s the North London Derby! It isn’t just bragging rights that are up for grabs today, with the Gunners second and Spurs just three points behind them in fifth position, this really is a top drawer Premier League match with so much at stake!