Everton v Arsenal

Everton v Arsenal

Commentary By: Rob Harris

FINAL SCORE: 0 - 2



RH at 2016-03-19 16:06:46

So the talking points in this game were

  • Positioning and movement in and around the penalty area, great examples of how to get that all important defender/attacker view
  • The Referee got caught up in play as Everton lost possession and Arsenal counterattacked to score the opening goal
  • A penalty should have been awarded as Besic made contact on Sanchez, did the attacker’s attempts to stay on his feet influence the Referee?
  • Superb 44th minute incident where Mark Clattenburg went wide of the penalty area to get a good viewing angle on Funes Mori’s challenge on Welbeck and repeated this in the second half
  • An incident that proves that it’s not wise to guess, even if you get away with it!
  • Assistants must be alert to view player confrontations close to them when the ball is out of play and they are signalling

We’ve praised Mark Clattenburg on many occasions this season and much of his contribution today should earn him the plaudits. But in terms of ranking Clattenburg performances I don’t think this one will rate as on of his best. Yes most Referees at this level would have settled for that but Mark is our best and it may be unfair but we expect more of him so the blemishes on his performance today were what sets this offering apart from some of his previous games in what wasn’t the hardest game he will take charge of in the Premier League this season. The first goal saw mark get caught up in play as Everton were in possession, yes Arsenal had to cover half of the field of play to score but I’m sure Mark wasn’t happy with that. Arsenal should have had a penalty as Besic made contact with Sanchez, not an easy spot but a valid penalty call, however in the Referees defence Sanchez tried to stay on his feet and eventually went heavily to ground, No cautions today but I felt that Funes Mori was lucky to escape being shown a card for two second half challenges on Bellerin and Giroud I also thought challenges by  Lennon and McCarthy  (no not Lennon and McCartney!) were worthy of a caution.

But for all that Mark Clattenburg showed us why he is capable of so much, those sprints to get side on views of penalty area challenges were brilliant and show what a class Referee Mark is. Its obvious that the players have so much respect for him as commands so much presence. As I said by refereeing standards a good performance, just not on of  Marks better ones in my view

The Assistants were involved in some interesting incidents, Simon Beck was too quick on the trigger in the first half as Lukaku was onside after being played in with the score at 0-0 and Richard West needs to show greater awareness when signalling for an obvious goal kick when player tension is mounting only yards away. But in many respects these incidents did not affect the final score as Arsenal won 2-0, so the learning won’t be too painful and post match focus won’t be on the Match officials.

 


RH at 2016-03-19 15:38:45

Full Time

Summary to follow


RH at 2016-03-19 15:38:26

Jagielka’s careless tackle on Elneny in midfield wins a late free kick for Arsenal


RH at 2016-03-19 15:35:20

Great Refereeing as Mark Clattenburg as he  brings play back for a careless challenge by Chambers!


RH at 2016-03-19 15:33:46

A minimum of 5 minutes added time to be played!


RH at 2016-03-19 15:29:06

We’ve got lots more action for you from this weekend’s programme, coming up after this game at 5.30 join when we cover action from the other end of the Premier League when Swansea will be desperate for points when they entertain Aston Villa who will be looking to gain some respectability in a bitterly disappointing season. Then tomorrow at 13.30 we have what can only be described as a massive game when those legendary Northeast rivals Newcastle and Sunderland meet not only to settle bragging rights but also to gain desperately needed points to avoid the drop. If that isn’t enough to whet your appetite then we follow that with the Manchester derby! What more can we say other than what a cracking Refcam weekend!


RH at 2016-03-19 15:28:28

Arsenal have the ball in the net, but Jagielka goes to ground under minimal contact from Giroud, well we talk about contact on an attacker resulting in a penalty so it has to work both ways! In any case the whistle went before the ball entered the net!


RH at 2016-03-19 15:26:30

Funes Mori very lucky again to escape a caution for deliberately tripping Giroud off the ball as Arsenal mounted an attack, not an easy spot and I wouldn’t be too harsh on Mark Clattenburg for not detecting it, but a definite yellow card offence!


RH at 2016-03-19 15:24:09

The camera paned onto Richard West there who was in classic pose signalling for a goal kick which had been already awarded, What he wasn’t doing was view the mounting tension between Coquelin and an Everton player/ fortunately the Referee was in quickly to defuse matters!


RH at 2016-03-19 15:20:31

The attacking tempo of the game has dropped, the Referee being quick to lower his profile, this will enable greater impact at more challenging moments in the final 15 minutes!


RH at 2016-03-19 15:16:46

Yes there have been some unfortunate moments for the Referee today, but there has also been some textbook movement in and around the penalty area to get that all important viewing angle for defender/attacker challenges!


RH at 2016-03-19 15:13:35

Mark Clattenburg again goes wide and onto the goal line to view Barclays challenge on Gabriel, great stuff!


RH at 2016-03-19 15:10:38

This time Lennon is tripped by Monreal and Mark Clattenburg blows up straight away, Everton take full advantage and get the kick is taken quickly and mount an attack which results in s nasty unintended injury to Arsenal keeper Ospina


RH at 2016-03-19 15:05:58

Despite being on the spot, the Referee doesn’t punish a hand off from Funes Mori on Bellerin, the only defence I can offer on that being that the contact took place on the Referees blind side, Simon Beck could have helped there


RH at 2016-03-19 15:02:44

A very interesting incident there, Lennon was clearly tripped but the Referee was unsighted, the ball then ran kindly to Everton and the Referee instinctively signalled an advantage, only for the Everton player to place the ball for a free kick, quick thinking the Referee then belatedly signalled a free kick, just goes to show that it doesn’t pay to guess even if you’re Mark Clattenburg!


RH at 2016-03-19 14:57:57

Just goes to show that at any level of Refereeing a poor first half by one team means harsh words from the manager at half time which can change the game at the start of the second half!


RH at 2016-03-19 14:56:33

Clearly Roberto Martinez has had words with his players at half time with robust challenges coming in from Cleverley and Lennon in the opening minutes of this half!


RH at 2016-03-19 14:54:38

A nasty late challenge by Lennon on Coquelin there, at best borderline, but I wouldn’t’ have surmised to see a caution


RH at 2016-03-19 14:52:24

Simon Beck spot on with an offside flag against Ozil


RH at 2016-03-19 14:48:47

The second half is on!


RH at 2016-03-19 14:45:51

With two incidenst apart there was some good qualities on show in that first half display of Refereeing, so much text book technique on view that a Referee at any level of the game could have learnt much from Mark Clattenburg’s game. I particularly liked that 44th minute incident with movement to go wide of the penalty area to get a side on view of Funes Mori’s challenge on Welbeck, I keep talking about this and why it offers optimum decision making and  that incident was a classic example, it comes as no surmise that Mark Clattenburg supplied the input!

However a couple of other talking points one being Mark’s misfortune to get caught up play as Everton lost possession and Arsenal broke to score their first goal and the other talking point being a penalty decision that should have gone Arsenals way as Besic made contact on Sanchez who attempted to stay on his feet but should have got the verdict. Just goes to show that even for our top Referees this game can be cruel!

Richard West looks sharp but Simon Beck has been trigger happy twice, once on a Lukaku offside and then again with a foul challenge which made the Referee look good as he played on

 


RH at 2016-03-19 14:32:55

Half Time

 


RH at 2016-03-19 14:32:41

LEARNING POINT!

Fantastic movement and position as Mark Clattenburg goes wide of the penalty area and fast to get a side on penalty view as Funes Mori challenges Welbeck fairly in the penalty area, if ever there was a textbook example for any Referee at any level of how to gain a better viewing angle at a key match incident then that was it, superb Refereeing!


RH at 2016-03-19 14:29:06

The Referee moving in close to the penalty area/goal line intersection to award that Everton corner!


RH at 2016-03-19 14:28:07

GOAL!Iwobi makes it 2-0 Arsenal on the counter attack!

 


RH at 2016-03-19 14:27:09

We’ve got lots more action for you from this weekend’s programme, coming up after this game at 5.30 join when we cover action from the other end of the Premier League when Swansea will be desperate for points when they entertain Aston Villa who will be looking to gain some respectability in a bitterly disappointing season. Then tomorrow at 13.30 we have what can only be described as a massive game when those legendary Northeast rivals Newcastle and Sunderland meet not only to settle bragging rights but also to gain desperately needed points to avoid the drop. If that isn’t enough to whet your appetite then we follow that with the Manchester derby! What more can we say other than what a cracking Refcam weekend!


RH at 2016-03-19 14:26:26

That contact by Besic wasn’t an easy spot but none the less it was a penalty, pity as during the build up that led to that incident, Mark Clattenburg played a great advantage as Simon Beck flagged for a free kick on an Arsenal defender


RH at 2016-03-19 14:24:20

A TV replays shows that there was contact from Besic on Sanchez so it looked a valid penalty claim, but the talking point is was Sanchez attempts to stay on his feet instrumental in Mark Clattenburg not pointing to the spot?


RH at 2016-03-19 14:21:05

Sanchez goes to ground and howls for a penalty!


RH at 2016-03-19 14:18:30

The ball is played in over the top to Lukaku, he comes together with Gabriel and looses his balance, the Referee perfectly placed signals no offence with outstretched arms, this level of decision making earns a Referee respect!


RH at 2016-03-19 14:16:01

Every time a key challenge takes place or as was the case there that McCarthy hand ball, Clattenburg is standing yards away with a perfect viewing angle! great reading of the game!


RH at 2016-03-19 14:13:56

Mark Clattenburg moving well and operating in that rectangle between penalty areas, now that’s looking more European!


RH at 2016-03-19 14:12:19

Good attitude between the players at moment, lets hope that continues!


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

Classic Premiership challenge as Baines goes for the ball and with his foot raised catches Sanchez, a nailed on European free kick, but not today on a grey winters day in England!


RH at 2016-03-19 14:07:23

Watching Mark Clattenburg this first twenty minutes, he’s not bantering with the players much, they want to get on with it so he’s making sure that he gets into good viewing positions and perfects his movement and gets his recognition of careless challenges right!


RH at 2016-03-19 14:03:56

Interesting offside incident again involving Simon Beck as Lennon plays the ball into Lukaku, Gabriel clears but the attacker is clearly offside, no flag from Simon Beck this time, would he have flagged if Gabriel had not got to the ball?


RH at 2016-03-19 13:59:09

We witnessed contrasting decision making by the Assistants so far at important attacks at either end, Richard West taking the honours!


RH at 2016-03-19 13:57:40

Lukaku flagged offside by Simon Beck, a TV replay suggesting that the attacker was onside! significant attacking move too!


RH at 2016-03-19 13:55:28

Sanchez backs into Baines on the half way line, good call with a free kick


RH at 2016-03-19 13:54:25

Richard West doing well as play built up to that goal by not flagging Ozil offside for his assist!


RH at 2016-03-19 13:53:22

GOAL!What a class finish by Welbeck 1-0 Arsenal!

 


RH at 2016-03-19 13:52:29

Welbeck goes to ground playing for a free kick but Mark Clattenburg is only a few metres away and is having none of it!


RH at 2016-03-19 13:49:16

End to end start and TV replays showing that Richard West was right not to signal ball out of play before Welbeck played the ball in towards goal!


RH at 2016-03-19 13:47:31

First corner of the game to Everton and not much evidence of grappling!


RH at 2016-03-19 13:46:40

If you are watching the game on TV, Simon Beck is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Richard West is running the nearside touch line.


RH at 2016-03-19 13:46:01

Our match Referee Mark Clattenburg gets us underway!


RH at 2016-03-19 13:42:55

The players and match officials have entered the playing area!


RH at 2016-03-19 13:41:12

Mark Clattenburg – all you need to know Matches in 2015/16: 24 (11 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2015/16: 10 Football League appointments in 2015/16: 35 Last refereed Everton: 28 December 2015 Last refereed Arsenal: 24 January 2016 Honours: 2012 League Cup Final, 2012 Olympic Games


RH at 2016-03-19 13:38:18

Today’s Match Referee is Mark Clattenburg. His Assistant Referees are Simon Beck and Richard West, The Fourth Official is Jon Moss


RH at 2016-03-19 13:36:19

Both teams have fared differently this past seven days, Everton doing much better in the FA Cup than Arsenal, who’ve been knocked out of two cups in a week! But today it’s all about Premier League points and for Arsenal an attack on the league title can make up for their disappointment in the cups!