Bournemouth V Arsenal


DM at 2017-01-03 22:52:49

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DM at 2017-01-03 22:51:38


Well what a game, full of action, entertainment, drama and talking points.

For the referee it really was the old cliché and a game of two halves.  The first-half, showed the referee at his best.  Good positioning, confidence, accurate decision-making, very good recognition of offences and superb game-management.  Unfortunately, the second-half did not go as well and the referee made some high profile errors which will have aggrieved both teams.

Bournemouth had a goal disallowed for handball, in my opinion the referee got this wrong, however, I can understand why he gave the decision as the ball did strike the player’s arm and the consequence was a goal.  It is my opinion that the handball was not deliberate but I have empathy with the officials on this one.

The two major errors were:

  1. In the build up to Bournemouth’s third goal, Fraser charged the Arsenal player in the back, a free-kick should have been awarded and the goal should not have stood.  What compounded the error is that the challenge was almost identical to the one that Xhaka committed in the first-half that led to a penalty.  The inconsistency in approach, made the error more significant
  2. Michael Oliver dismissed the Bournemouth captain Francis for serious foul play.  There is no doubt that the challenge was unfair and as it was made with speed and from distance, it was indeed reckless.  However, before issuing a red card, the referee has to be sure that the challenge was excessive in force and endangered the safety of the opponent.  I think the decision to dismiss was incorrect as it did not meet this criteria

The referee lost focus and concentration and complacency set in following a solid first-half performance.

DM at 2017-01-03 22:40:08

Full Time Summary to follow

DM at 2017-01-03 22:39:41

Full Time



DM at 2017-01-03 22:38:59

Carless challenge by Xhaka results in a Bournemouth free-kick, they are certainly not rushing to take it


DM at 2017-01-03 22:35:23

GOAL! Arsenal 12



DM at 2017-01-03 22:34:09

Minimum of 6 minutes added time


DM at 2017-01-03 22:33:45

SUB Bournemouth 13 off, 14 on


DM at 2017-01-03 22:31:30

Following the dismissal of Francis, the Bournemouth player took a while to leave the field.  The referee dealt with the minor melee well and he will add on sufficient time at the end of the half to compensate.


DM at 2017-01-03 22:30:00

Yellow CardBournemouth 1 – delaying the restart of play



DM at 2017-01-03 22:29:12

Michael Oliver has sent off the Bournemouth captain for a challenge that has endangered the safety of an opponent.  In my opinion, the referee has made a mistake and the challenge did not warrant a dismissal.  The player came in at speed and it was from distance so I would not have argued if the challenge was deemed reckless.  However, in my opinion the challenge was not a dangerous one and it did not endanger the safety of the opponent.  The challenge was not high, it was not made with excessive force.


DM at 2017-01-03 22:26:12

Red CardBournemouth 2



DM at 2017-01-03 22:25:38

A strong feature of Michael Oliver’s performance tonight has been his application of the advantage clause, that was another good advantage there as Bournemouth nearly score a goal.


DM at 2017-01-03 22:23:08

Yellow CardArsenal 20 cautioned for persistently infringing the laws of the game



DM at 2017-01-03 22:21:33

Mustafi looked to have fouled Wilson there but Michael Oliver plays on.  The closing stages in a tense, close game is not the time to take any unnecessary risks.  Spotting the little fouls was one of the referee’s strengths in the first-half.


DM at 2017-01-03 22:19:18

Now it is game on and the officials will need to be completely focused in these last 15 minutes.


DM at 2017-01-03 22:18:37

GOAL!Arsenal 9



DM at 2017-01-03 22:17:59

AR Stuart Burt correctly indicates a free-kick for a handball by Sanchez.  That was most definitely intentional and the player controlled the ball with his arm.  A good spot by the Assistant.


DM at 2017-01-03 22:14:17

GOAL!Arsenal 7


DM at 2017-01-03 22:13:44

Arsenal will feel aggrieved with the third goal as the referee has been inconsistent in not awarding a foul for the challenge which was very similar to the one he penalised in the first half that led to Bournemouth’s penalty.


DM at 2017-01-03 22:11:29

A period of some high profile decisions by the referee and in my opinion a few mistakes.  Perhaps a loss of concentration and focus has led to complacency setting in.


DM at 2017-01-03 22:08:00

SUB Bournemouth 17 off, 6 on

SUB Arsenal 17 off, 9 on

SUB Arsenal 6 off, 5 on


DM at 2017-01-03 22:06:28

Mustafi tangles with a Bournemouth player on the edge of the penalty area and catches his foot.  That looked like a deliberate action which stopped a promising attack and although the referee correctly awarded a free-kick, I don’t think anyone would have argued if a caution had been issued.


DM at 2017-01-03 22:05:04

In the build up to Bournemouth’s third goal, Fraser charges his opponent in the back near to the goal-line, in my opinion the referee should have penalised the challenge and awarded a foul to Arsenal.  The challenge was of a similar one that led to Bournemouth’s penalty in the first half.

DM at 2017-01-03 22:03:07

GOAL! Bournemouth 24



DM at 2017-01-03 22:02:06

Arter strikes the ball and it hits Wilson and a goal is scored. Michael Oliver judges that Wilson handled the ball.  Law 12 states that handball has to be intentional.  In my opinion Wilson did not deliberately handle the ball and therefore a goal should have been awarded.  However, the referee has perhaps been influenced by the consequences that a goal has been scored and he has played it safe.


DM at 2017-01-03 21:57:28

Giroud is injured after a challenge by King.  The Bournemouth player has landed on Giroud’s ankle but as mentioned earlier, the key to the level of the challenge can be in the player’s body language and eyes.  King only had eyes for the ball and any contact was accidental and not worthy of any disciplinary action.


DM at 2017-01-03 21:53:58

Mustafi holds an opponent and Michael Oliver judges that a promising attack has not been prevented and awards just a free-kick.


DM at 2017-01-03 21:51:25

AR Stuart Burt indicates offside, the Arsenal player was level and should have been given the benefit of the doubt.

DM at 2017-01-03 21:48:32

Michael Oliver gets the second half underway

DM at 2017-01-03 21:46:17

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DM at 2017-01-03 21:42:26

The officials will be discussing the first-half and planning how to approach the second half during the interval.  Arsenal are likely to come out fired up and attempt to score an early game to get back in the match.  The longer the game stays 2-0, the more likely it is frustration will set in and ill-discipline may occur.

DM at 2017-01-03 21:40:49

Half-time summary

Michael Oliver has had an excellent first-half.  Not only as Michael made two correct key match incident calls but he has picked out the three cautions of the match correctly and has made lots of correct little 50/50 calls.  The non-penalty award to Bournemouth in the 11th minute was a good decision as Cech came out at speed and the Bournemouth attacker went down under his challenge.  The goalkeeper won the ball and Michael Oliver correctly waved play on.  The penalty that was awarded to Bournemouth in the 20th minute followed an excellent advantage in the build up, Xhaka charged Fraser in the back and again Michael Oliver was in an excellent position to make the decision.  Three cautions have been correctly issued, two for reckless challenges and one for a holding offence that stopped a promising attack.  The officials are working well together and are officiating with confidence.

DM at 2017-01-03 21:33:30

Half Time



DM at 2017-01-03 21:33:06

Yellow CardArsenal 8 – Ramsey stopped a promising attack with a holding offence



DM at 2017-01-03 21:32:27

Minimum of 3 minutes added time.


DM at 2017-01-03 21:30:40

Cook was correctly cautioned for the reckless challenge from behind on the Arsenal player, Michael Oliver played the advantage and then issued the caution when the ball went out of play.  The referee is confident and the players trust his judgement in this game.  He is doing well so far.


DM at 2017-01-03 21:28:49

Yellow CardBournemouth 3 for a reckless challenge



DM at 2017-01-03 21:27:43

Michael Oliver and his team need to keep their concentration in the closing moments of the first half

DM at 2017-01-03 21:18:36

It is really important that a referee sets his tolerance level and lets the players know what is and is not acceptable.  Michael Oliver has in my opinion picked out the correct caution for a first one.


DM at 2017-01-03 21:16:45

Yellow CardCaution Arsenal 24 for a reckless challenge


DM at 2017-01-03 21:12:57

SUB for Arsenal – 34 OFF, 15 ON


DM at 2017-01-03 21:08:41

Michael Oliver and his colleagues will need to keep a firm grip on the match from here on in as Arsenal are showing signs of frustration.  The tempo is likely to rise as a result of the penalty and Bournemouth’s 2 goal advantage.


DM at 2017-01-03 21:07:18

GOAL! Penalty Bournemouth 13



DM at 2017-01-03 21:05:57

Excellent piece of refereeing by Michael Oliver, he plays a superb advantage to Bournemouth on the halfway line and this leads to Xhaka committing a careless challenge on Fraser and a correct penalty being awarded to Bournemouth.


DM at 2017-01-03 21:04:03

Monreal caught late there as Michael Oliver correctly awards a free-kick to Arsenal


DM at 2017-01-03 21:01:39

GOAL! Bournemouth 11



DM at 2017-01-03 21:00:56

AR Simon Bennett correctly indicates offside as Monreal made a movement towards the ball, which under the changes to Law that took place in the summer mean he has to be penalised.


DM at 2017-01-03 20:58:35

The challenge by Cech was a good one, as he won the ball.  Michael Oliver made a very good decision by not awarding a foul, despite the protests by the home team and the crowd.


DM at 2017-01-03 20:54:41

Going back to the incident with Giroud and Ake, it is important that the referee focuses on the players whilst the ball is the air – the Arsenal player was looking at the Bournemouth player and not the ball – this is always a good indicator for a referee when it comes to making a judgement about a challenge


DM at 2017-01-03 20:52:16

Aerial challenges can be difficult to judge at times and I think Michael Oliver incorrectly penalised the Bournemouth player for a foul there as Giroud appeared to actually back in to Ake.


DM at 2017-01-03 20:50:11

The match has got off to a good start for the official.  The first 5 minutes has seen the referee award one foul for an aerial challenge in the first 15 seconds and the teams are playing some nice passing football that is leading to a flowing game so far.

DM at 2017-01-03 20:45:12

Michael Oliver gets the match underway

DM at 2017-01-03 20:44:16

Michael Oliver has to date refereed 16 Premier League matches and has issued 51 yellow cards, he has yet to dismiss a player this season.  Michael is a highly experienced referee and despite failing to send of Marcus Rojo is the Manchester United v Everton match on my previous encounter, he showed great composure and maturity and refereed the remainder of the match to a high standard.  Michael is a very capable referee and is assisted by Simon Bennett, who is without doubt one of the better Assistants in the Premier League.  Stuart Burt has a reputation for ducking the big decisions, let’s hope he supports Michael well this evening.  Graham Scott will be controlling the technical areas and will be hoping to adopt a low key approach.

DM at 2017-01-03 20:38:41

The Match officials are:

Referee – Michael Oliver

Assistants – Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett

4th Official – Graham Scott

DM at 2017-01-03 20:35:15

The match officials this evening will be hoping for a controversy free evening following a number of high profile errors during the festive programme.

DM at 2017-01-03 20:32:54

Good evening and welcome to tonight’s premier league encounter on ref cam, Bournemouth v Arsenal.