Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur


AM at 2014-09-27 19:59:16

Many thanks again for your interactive comments and company this Evening at You-Are-The- – Please join us again tomorrow for the 4.00pm ko between West Bromwich Albion v Burnley and then following this game the Monday Night game 8.00pm ko between Stoke City v Newcastle United which will be refereed by tonight`s 4th Official Craig Pawson
Have a Good Evening and apologies again for the loss of power just before half time due to an unexpected power cut!
All the best
Andy Martin

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AM at 2014-09-27 19:54:10

Michael Oliver has today shown an overall match game performance that can be characterised by very good foul detection, a very good management of the players and also his overall match control of this end to end feisty London Derby. He correctly and consistently had to show the yellow card to 3 Arsenal Players and 6 yellow cards to Spurs Players. We have in the past been critical of referees on REF CAM and the Ref Show for not managing time wasting appropriately and Michael Oliver has today upped his game management and control and in particular case shown the yellow card to Danny Rose 3 of Spurs when in his judgement and also his feeling for the game at this point there was a need to show the yellow card to the 3 of Spurs for his delay in leaving the field of play. This was a message to all that he would not tolerate time delay tactics. Look at Alan Biggs Resident Expert on you are the and his article in which he discusses….

“It is essential that the referee has a football mentality; that he really knows the game and not just the rules; that he understands what happens, why it happens and how it happens; that he can interpret every action of the game.

I mentioned at half time that I would like to see Michael stop play and show the yellow card to players rather than attempt to play advantages in these 2 situations. Having said that he played a great advantage to Spurs for their goal. The penalty kick that I mentioned to you at half time and in real time the decision looked correct with replays suggesting otherwise. Both Assistants supported Michael well with free kick awards and also offside decisions. Assistant Stuart Burt nearside would just like to review his ball out of play decisions and rather then quick hasty flags to just make sure that in the 1st half be sure that the whole of the ball has gone out play over the goal line – best view is on the goal line to judge and also just take your time and get the best view at a throw in 2nd half when an incorrect throw in was awarded to Arsenal when clearly it was a Spurs throw in. Spurs Manager Pochettino was furious and it just goes to show how even throw ins are so important to get correct! from this resulting error the 4th Official Craig Pawson had to quickly intervene and even the referee had to come over and calm matters down. All from a throw in incorrectly awarded in front of the technical Area.
Michael has overall managed a high tempo fierce London Derby with a number of challenges to his authority well and he will not be the talking point of this game.

AM at 2014-09-27 19:27:40

As the referee blows his whistle to end this game we finish 1-1 – it is interesting to note that we have had 2 yellow cards in todays games for goal celebrations for hand to ear celebrations
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My summary will follow shortly….

AM at 2014-09-27 19:23:48

Free kick to Arsenal Lamela Spurs late on Arsenal player just a free kick is correct as remember Lamela is on a yellow card and Michael will have had a quiet word reminding him of this fact and to keep calm for the rest of the game

AM at 2014-09-27 19:21:03

Corner kick to Arsenal again cleared by Spurs, ball out of play for a throw in to Spurs

AM at 2014-09-27 19:19:51

No free kick to Arsenal Michael shows a calm and clear no free kick signal to all. 5 minutes of added time are shown by 4th Official Craig Pawson

AM at 2014-09-27 19:18:31

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AM at 2014-09-27 19:18:17

With 9 yellow cards shown so far Michael has stamped his authority on this game and has been consistent and correct with their issue

AM at 2014-09-27 19:16:33

21 Arsenal shown the yellow card for his deliberate tug back on a Spurs player

AM at 2014-09-27 19:15:35

Stoppage for treatment to Danny Rose of Spurs good empathy seen from the referee. Spurs sub 3 off 15 on. Danny Rose is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour for his delay in leaving the field of play. The referee in this situation must have sure in his mind that there was a time delay tactic. Spurs now have 6 players on yellow cards. Free kick to Arsenal spray not used on this occasion?

AM at 2014-09-27 19:11:06

Goal kick awarded to Spurs good support here from AR John Brooks who would have had a better view to support the referee

AM at 2014-09-27 19:10:07

Corner kick to Arsenal again no grappling seen, the ball is played out of play for treatment to a Spurs player. Spurs sub 22 off 42 on. Good calm presence at the management of this situation by Craig Pawson 4th Official

AM at 2014-09-27 19:07:23

The Referee will now be mindful of 7 yellow cards issued so far and he will be mindful of these players with I am sure support and comms from the 4th Official Craig Pawson

AM at 2014-09-27 19:05:57

Arsenal now pressing hard for a winning goal, have a corner kick awarded

AM at 2014-09-27 19:04:36

Arsenal equaliser from 15 Arsenal it now brings Arsenal level hang on now for an exciting final 15 minutes and added time

AM at 2014-09-27 19:03:26

38 Mason yellow card reckless challenge on 11 Arsenal now 2 yellow cards to Arsenal and 5 yellow cards to Spurs which shows how Spurs are attempting to hang on to this lead as Arsenal press forward in search of an equaliser..

AM at 2014-09-27 19:01:23

No penalty kick to Arsenal correct this was clearly a case of ball to hand and was not a deliberate attempt by the spurs player to handball, good position by Michael to judge

AM at 2014-09-27 18:59:16

Spurs 7 reckless on 4 Arsenal yellow card shown and then quickly followed by 10 Spurs yellow card reckless on an opponent

AM at 2014-09-27 18:57:46

Free kick to Spurs and a replay has just shown to you why Chadli was correctly shown the yellow card by Michael Oliver for inciting the crowd with his goal celebration

AM at 2014-09-27 18:56:15

Corner kick to Arsenal and then a throw in to Arsenal good signal from John Brooks

AM at 2014-09-27 18:54:26

Arsenal offside comes first before foul referee correctly awards the offside free kick to Spurs

AM at 2014-09-27 18:53:33

Throw in to Arsenal and the Spurs Manager is furious at the decision. 4th Official Craig Pawson swiftly in to calm and Michael Oliver has a word. Replays show it was a Spurs throw in did Stuart Burt have the best view and angle to judge and was he too quick, just a fraction delay could have ensured the correct outcome here. It just goes to show how important throw ins are!!
Spurs sub 23 off and 7 on Arsenal sub 10 off 17 on

AM at 2014-09-27 18:49:35

Offside Spurs and Arsenal are on the attack

AM at 2014-09-27 18:48:50

Tempo is up and the referee and his team must up their levels as well to match this

at 2014-09-27 18:47:43

Free kick to Arsenal great save from Llories right on the goal line – no goal to Arsenal

at 2014-09-27 18:46:44

Great Advantage played by Michael Oliver and from this advantage a goal is scored by Chadli of Spurs. Well done Michael Oliver who then goes on to show the yellow card to Chadli for his goal celebration

at 2014-09-27 18:44:35

Free kick to Spurs and the spray out..

at 2014-09-27 18:43:50

Again from a corner kick to Arsenal no grappling is seen so the preventative work that has gone into this area prior to this game has been successful so far

at 2014-09-27 18:41:35

Good Advantage played to Arsenal Kaboul late on Wilshere, Kaboul spoken to by the Referee at the next stoppage

at 2014-09-27 18:39:58

Ball not out of play on the touchline good non flag from AR Burt

at 2014-09-27 18:38:52

Throw in to Spurs given by AR John Brooks good signal technique, followed by corner kick to Arsenal

at 2014-09-27 18:37:32

An early corner kick to Spurs is awarded

at 2014-09-27 18:34:12

Michael Oliver blows his whistle to signal the 2nd half underway…

at 2014-09-27 18:32:54

After a power cut I am now back on live at REF CAM with you apologies for any inconvenience caused. Brief half time summary Michael Oliver has worked hard awarding early free kicks and showing 3 yellow cards. Whilst he has played 2 advantages and then gone back to show yellow cards in these situations a stoppage and yellow card would enhanced his match control. Also a penalty to Arsenal should have been awarded first half although there was no appeal from players at the time, replays show contact by 3 Spurs on 10 Arsenal, video review here would have assisted here. Michael is consistent in his yellow card awards and early stoppages. Man management of players is an area that he working hard at and there has been little or no grappling seen so far

at 2014-09-27 18:26:09

AM at 2014-09-27 18:12:44

Free kick to Arsenal correctly awarded by Michael Oliver

AM at 2014-09-27 18:11:43

Corner kick to Spurs the referee works hard to get the best view. No grappling seen from this corner kick has a directive been said to the players pre match?
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AM at 2014-09-27 18:09:08

The Referee is working hard on a Spurs attack to get the best view and make an angle as the 10 of Spurs bears down on goal

AM at 2014-09-27 18:07:15

Spurs 3 careless on 10 Arsenal in the Spurs penalty area replays show a penalty kick would have been the correct outcome, although in these situations the referee only has one look. A video in the stand could have been used in this situation to re review. Arsenal 10 treated by his physio and is now back on the field of play

AM at 2014-09-27 18:02:29

First 30 minutes 3 yellow cards so far 2 Arsenal and 1 Spurs. 2 yellow cards following advantages when in my opinion a stoppage straight away would have been the correct outcome rather than risk your match control.

AM at 2014-09-27 18:00:29

Lamela Spurs reckless on Gibbs 3 of Arsenal again the referee tries to play advantage when it would have been better to stop play and just show the yellow card. Again retribution by Lamela on Gibbs following an earlier challenge on him by Gibbs. Interesting how this has happened twice so far in this game. Arsenal sub 8 off 20 on

AM at 2014-09-27 17:57:11

No free kick on Wellbeck Referee in perfect position to judge

AM at 2014-09-27 17:56:12

It is important that the referee keeps and maintains a dynamic movement and sprint to keep within the 20 metre ideal distance from him and play

AM at 2014-09-27 17:54:02

Wilshere 10 of Arsenal reckless challenge on 38 Mason shown the yellow card. This may have been retribution following an early challenge on him by Mason. The Referee has taken his time in his management of this yellow card to calm matters down

AM at 2014-09-27 17:51:39

In the first 20 minutes Referee Michael Oliver has been strong and consistent in his award of early free kicks.

AM at 2014-09-27 17:48:21

Corner kick to Spurs certainly no grappling seen on this occasion. Let us see how Michael Oliver approaches this area tonight

AM at 2014-09-27 17:46:44

Careless challenge by Spurs player on Wilshere no yellow card produced on this occasion

AM at 2014-09-27 17:45:43

Spurs offside by AR John Brooks. Replays show that the ball was not wholly out of play following a signal from AR Burt was he in the best position to judge? you need to be on the goal line to add credibility to your decision making

AM at 2014-09-27 17:43:27

Advantage signal from Michael Oliver for Spurs Who then brings back play and then he shows the yellow card to 15 of Arsenal. In view of the challenge a stoppage would have been the better outcome immediately

AM at 2014-09-27 17:40:43

Free Kick to Arsenal good supportive signal from Assistant Burt from a credible area to assist

AM at 2014-09-27 17:39:43

Lamela Spurs careless on Gibbs Arsenal – stronger whistle and a word from the referee with Lamela

AM at 2014-09-27 17:37:44

Good in field bounce and side movement from AR Burt

AM at 2014-09-27 17:36:44

Gibbs careless on opponent free kick again awarded in quick succession, the referee is adopting a tight reign in the early minutes

AM at 2014-09-27 17:35:15

Free Kick to Spurs – Wellbeck careless on opponent

AM at 2014-09-27 17:34:24

Good movement and in field view from Assistant Burt, throw in to Spurs outcome

AM at 2014-09-27 17:32:53

Early Arsenal free kick good use of the whistle and arm signal by Referee Michael Oliver gives a positive outcome

AM at 2014-09-27 17:31:46

Early throw in signal from Assistant Stuart Burt on the nearside touchline

AM at 2014-09-27 17:30:25

The Referee Michael Oliver blows his whistle to signal the kick off

AM at 2014-09-27 17:28:24

As the Players from both teams and Match Officials enter the field of play for this North London Derby an eagerly awaited derby is all ready for ko

AM at 2014-09-27 17:21:54

Tonight’s referee is Michael Oliver who has so far this season refereed 4 Premier League games and has shown a total of 12 yellow cards. His Assistants are Stuart Burt and John Brooks whilst the 4th Official is Craig Pawson who is refereeing Monday Night’s game between Stoke City v Newcastle ko 8pm which will be live on REF CAM. We wish them all the best for tonight’s game. It will be interesting to see Michael`s approach to this game and in particular how he deals preventively with GRAPPLING as this area has been in the headlines this week and it will be interesting to see how Michael approaches this disturbing tactic of our game together with the support of his Assistants and 4th Official. Do you think that the 4th Official should play a bigger role in this area? can they assist? should they? what do you think? Also have a look at Keith Hackett`s BLOG on GRAPPLING for more information and The Ref Show hosted by our Resident Football expert Alan Biggs together with ex Player David Hurst and our Resident Expert Keith Hackett.

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AM at 2014-09-27 17:17:44

“It is essential that the referee has a football mentality; that he really knows the game and not just the rules; that he understands what happens, why it happens and how it happens; that he can interpret every action of the game.
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AM at 2014-09-27 17:14:13

Match Facts


• Spurs have only won once at Arsenal in 25 matches in all competitions since May 1993, a 3-2 comeback win in November 2010 (D8, L16).
• This is the 174th north London derby. Arsenal have won 74 times, Tottenham 54 and there have been 45 draws.
• Arsenal last failed to score at home to Spurs in the Premier League in November 1998. Since then the Gunners have scored 38 times in 15 games.
• If there are four goals in this game then it will become the outright highest scoring fixture in Premier League history (currently 126 goals).
• Arsenal have won four of their 10 matches in all competitions so far this season.
• They have kept just one clean sheet in their five league games so far.
• They took 25 points from their 10 London derbies in the Premier League last season (W8, D1, L1) and defeated Crystal Palace on the opening weekend this season.
• The Gunners made more passes against Aston Villa last Saturday (814) than in any Premier League game since April 2012 (828 v Wolves).
• This is Arsene Wenger’s 44th match in charge of Arsenal against Spurs. His record stands at 21 wins, 16 draws and six losses.
• Spurs have their worst points total (seven) after five league matches since 2008-09 (two), when they were managed by Juande Ramos.
• Six of Tottenham’s seven league points this season have come in London derbies.
• Tottenham had one shot on target against West Brom last Sunday and have now lost every one of their last 10 league matches in which they failed to score.
• They have conceded six penalties in the league in 2014; only Manchester United have conceded as many.
• Etienne Capoue has attempted (440) and completed (392) more passes than any other top-flight player this season.
• Emmanuel Adebayor has scored more goals than any other player in north London derby history (eight for Arsenal and two for Spurs).

AM at 2014-09-27 17:12:23

Welcome to this evenings game with live commentary on REF CAM which is being played at The Emirates the home of Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur. Here firstly come your match facts about both teams….