Everton v Arsenal


AM at 2014-08-23 19:49:00

Overall summary.

The referee Kevin Friend was consistent overall in his judgement of yellow card offences for reckless challenges throughout. The key talking point as I discussed with you at half time concerned the 2nd Everton goal just before half time.  In the lead up to the Everton 2nd goal there was a foul committed by the No 10 of Everton on an Arsenal Player, the referee did not award a free kick? could he have been assisted by the 4th Official in this situation? a quick word on the comms system as the incident was directly in front of him could he have assisted here? then from a further quick break the ball is then player forward to the No 14 of Everton who from a position of being 1 yard offside has scored the 2nd Everton goal. Ideal opportunity for a quick video review. I discussed the position of the Assistant far side Andy Garratt who has just over run his position and from an incorrect position just in front of the 2nd rearmost Arsenal defender has kept his flag down. Otherwise he displayed all the qualities of an Assistant in terms of signal technique for ball out of play situations, body language and support for free kicks as mentioned in my blog. Assistant Mike McDonough carried out all of his duties as required with not quite  as much involvement as AR Andy Garratt. This game will be remembered for the 2nd Everton goal and it is these key match incidents with which match officials will be judged upon.

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Andy Martin

AM at 2014-08-23 19:24:24

The Referee blows his whistle for full time to make the final score 2-2

AM at 2014-08-23 19:23:37

Naismith down injured quick check by the referee and he continues with play

AM at 2014-08-23 19:22:58

Throw in to Everton clear and positive signal from AR Garratt

AM at 2014-08-23 19:21:51

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2 minutes of added time with Arsenal looking for the winner! can they do it?


AM at 2014-08-23 19:20:44

The Assistant on the far side Andy Garratt is working hard along the touchline to get to the goal line to judge that the ball is still in play

AM at 2014-08-23 19:19:35

Goal to Arsenal! scored by Giroud with added time shown by Michael Oliver 4th Official of 4 minutes

AM at 2014-08-23 19:18:24

Free kick to Arsenal awarded by Kevin Friend from a close view, Arsenal pressing hard for an equaliser

AM at 2014-08-23 19:17:19

Free kick to Everton foul on Naismith again why is it always on Naismith!?

AM at 2014-08-23 19:15:49

Final 4 minutes and added time the Officials will need to be fully focussed

AM at 2014-08-23 19:14:16

Arsenal score a goal through Aaron Ramsey to make it 2-1 this will make it interesting – Everton immediately make a sub 11 off 19 on good signal by the 4th Official Michael Oliver

AM at 2014-08-23 19:11:42

Offside indicated by AR McDonough the referee has a second or two to allow play to continue with Arsenal in possession of the ball

AM at 2014-08-23 19:10:16


What are your thoughts on this game so far and the big talking points on the Everton 2nd goal just before half time?

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AM at 2014-08-23 19:08:14

Corner kick to Everton with the ball quickly defended by Arsenal and played forward towards the Everton defending half

AM at 2014-08-23 19:06:31

Yellow Card20 of Arsenal yellow card reckless challenge on 14 Naismith of Everton


AM at 2014-08-23 19:05:38

Goal kick awarded to Arsenal – Arsenal sub10 off 19 on and 15 off 28 on Everton sub 10 off 7 on

AM at 2014-08-23 19:01:16

Free kick signal by AR Garratt following a shirt pull by an Arsenal player on an Everton Player – good communication by the Assistant Referee and then verbal communication to the players and referee being seen, free kick then being awarded by the referee

AM at 2014-08-23 18:59:18

Baines 3 of Everton keeps the ball in play with a good play back, a foul is then committed by an Everton player

AM at 2014-08-23 18:57:47

Quick break away from Arsenal seen with the referee showing a quick change of pace to keep up with this quick break in play

AM at 2014-08-23 18:55:52

Arsenal just wide following a shot from Giroud

AM at 2014-08-23 18:55:16

Good signal technique for throw in to Arsenal from AR Andy Garratt good retention of the flag seen

AM at 2014-08-23 18:53:48

Arsenal are now pressing hard for a goal to get back in the game, the referee Kevin Friend will need to keep a vigilant eye on matters as the tempo has risen

AM at 2014-08-23 18:51:55

No free kick awarded to Arsenal following a slip by a Arsenal player in a challenge with an Everton player. The referee has a good view not to award a free kick

AM at 2014-08-23 18:49:37

Free kick to Arsenal quickly taken

AM at 2014-08-23 18:48:53

4 Arsenal on 14 Everton no free kick awarded by the referee from a close and good view point

AM at 2014-08-23 18:47:32

Yellow Card21 of Arsenal Chambers shown the yellow card for persistent misconduct, would a slowing down in the carding process here just help rather than showing a quick yellow card as the tempo has risen somewhat and needs to be brought back down by the referee

AM at 2014-08-23 18:44:45


Yellow Card10 Arsenal reckless on 18 Everton – the referee has taken his time on this one whilst the 18 of Everton receives treatment. The referee has a fairly long and calming words with 10  of Arsenal and then shows to him the yellow card

AM at 2014-08-23 18:41:45

Everton 11 offside Mirallas  following a flag from AR Mcdonough

AM at 2014-08-23 18:40:34

Everton appeal for handball not awarded by the referee from a close and good view point

AM at 2014-08-23 18:39:37

12 Arsenal spoken to following a challenge on 14 Everton Naismith who was involved just earlier with the 2 of Arsenal

AM at 2014-08-23 18:38:14

Free kick to Everton with an indirect signal seen to be shown by the referee

AM at 2014-08-23 18:37:29

No foul awarded to Arsenal – 14 Everton on 2 Arsenal – words follow this non award of a free kick to Arsenal the referee will need to be aware of this reaction by the No 2 of Arsenal

AM at 2014-08-23 18:35:33

Early chance for Arsenal goes over the bar

AM at 2014-08-23 18:34:54

The referee blows his whistle for the 2nd half to commence

AM at 2014-08-23 18:34:24

The referee blows his whistle for half time with a key match incident and big talking point occurring just prior to half time. Quick review at half time would show that 10 of Everton has committed a foul on Chambers of Arsenal close to the half way line and right in front of the Technical Areas – could the 4th Official have assisted in this situation with a word on the comms system to the referee? the replays of the Everton 2nd goal clearly show that the No 11 of Everton was 1 yard offside when the ball was played forward to him. The Assistant Referee Andy Garratt has made a judgement from a position forward and just out of line with the 2nd Arsenal rear most defender. The Match Officials will now be reflecting on the first half and ready to recommence the 2nd half.

AM at 2014-08-23 18:23:07

Goal scored by Everton following a quick break with the referee working hard on his acceleration to keep up with play. No foul is awarded to Arsenal in the build up close to the half way line. However replays show that from the Everton 2nd goal the No 11 of Everton is 1 yard offside, if you look at AR Andy Garratts position he is just forward of being in line with the 2nd rearmost defender. Arsene Wenger is discussing these 2 points with the 4th official Michael Oliver. Again, a quick look at the monitor in the stand the referee could have been advised that the Everton No 11 was in an offside position when the ball was played forward to him by a colleague therefore with a stoppage in play the goal could have been disallowed for offside following a quick review from a monitor used by an official in the stand

AM at 2014-08-23 18:14:28

Yellow Card

4 Arsenal shown yellow card reckless challenge on Naismith Everton

AM at 2014-08-23 18:13:19

As we move close to half time the Match Officials will all be fully focussed to ensure that the first half comes to a safe conclusion

AM at 2014-08-23 18:11:51

Don’t forget to look at Keith Hackett’s excellent daily Blog for an update. So what is handball? My ten wishes for the new Premier League Season and A Review of Premier League Referees also look at the role of an Assistant Referee. All the latest topics are raised and discussed and are an opportunity for you to raise any questions that you have on your mind. I am sure that player simulation and further clarification will be an issue that will be discussed.

AM at 2014-08-23 18:11:06

Free kick awarded to Everton 17 Arsenal late on 3 Everton close to the half way line awarded by the referee who then awards a further free kick to Everton with a moving ball so the free kick is then retaken

AM at 2014-08-23 18:07:58

Notice the flag technique of AR Garratt his flag is always in the hand closest to the referee with a good body language and in field focus being seen

AM at 2014-08-23 18:06:14

Chambers 21 of Arsenal comes in with a careless challenge and is spoken to by the referee here comes the spray for the first time in this game. Mirallas Everton 11 shoots just wide of the Arsenal goal

AM at 2014-08-23 18:04:09

  • Don’t forget to tune into our new feature – The Ref Show – this week in which Alan Biggs, Keith Hackett and Roger Dilkes discussed the opening games of the Premier League season.
  • Among the issues that were discussed were: Chris Foy and his award of a penalty kick for handball followed by a red card.
  • Craig Pawson and his non penalty kick.
  • Michael Oliver and the yellow card shown to Diego Costa – Burnley v Chelsea

AM at 2014-08-23 18:02:42

The referee in the first 30 minutes has overall kept a low profile – he has had to raise this with the first yellow card of the game to No 3 of Everton. Good acceleration seen by the referee when quick breakaways from defence are required

AM at 2014-08-23 18:00:38

Yellow Cardreckless challenge by 3 Baines Everton on 2 Arsenal – correctly read and judged by the referee

AM at 2014-08-23 17:58:10

Free kick to Arsenal good signal from AR Garratt from a close and credible position to assist the referee

AM at 2014-08-23 17:57:09

The field of play is currently in part shade and bright sunlight this adds to increased concentration for players and match officials

AM at 2014-08-23 17:54:46

Mirallas 11 Everton through on goal he then goes to ground with close contact from an Arsenal player and the referee from a good viewing position awards a goal kick. Replays appear to show that this decision was correct

AM at 2014-08-23 17:50:50

Goal to Everton scored by 23 Coleman – replays show an excellent non flag for offside by AR Andy Garratt

AM at 2014-08-23 17:49:10

Free kick to Everton following a careless challenge by the No 17 of Arsenal – Referee speaks to 17 of Arsenal with a calming word

AM at 2014-08-23 17:46:52

Goal kick awarded to Everton the referee from a good view point did not correctly see any deflection from an Everton player

AM at 2014-08-23 17:44:26

The players in the opening 13 minutes are just getting on with the game allowing the referee to be mindful and keep a close watch with an advantage then played to Arsenal good arm signal seen and shout by the referee play on advantage

AM at 2014-08-23 17:42:03

Goal kick signal to Everton seen by AR Mike Mcdonough from a position on the goal line

AM at 2014-08-23 17:40:22

Sub – 22 Everton off to be replaced by 21

AM at 2014-08-23 17:38:28

Everton in the early stages are taking the game to Arsenal with attacking breaks

AM at 2014-08-23 17:37:01

4 early throw in signals in the first 5 minutes from Andy Garratt show early focus and concentration with the correct signal technique being seen

AM at 2014-08-23 17:34:08

Good movement, concentration and throw in signal from AR far side Andy Garratt

AM at 2014-08-23 17:32:43

22 Everton injured in a challenge – first corner to Everton

AM at 2014-08-23 17:31:14

An early free kick to Everton

AM at 2014-08-23 17:30:46

The referee Kevin Friend blows his whistle to signal the kick off

AM at 2014-08-23 17:27:53

As the players and officials prepare to enter the field of play last minute final focus and concentration will be taking place

AM at 2014-08-23 17:25:43

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AM at 2014-08-23 17:21:08

As we move towards kick off I just want to update you regarding a new signing at You are the ref . com

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AM at 2014-08-23 17:13:49

Tonight’s Match Officials are Referee Kevin Friend, Assisted by Andy Garratt and Mike McDonough and the 4th Official is Michael Oliver.

This is Kevin’s first Premier League game this season. He has refereed 2 matches so far this season both of them in the Championship on the 9th August – Derby 1 v Rotherham 0 – with 1 yellow card shown and Bournemouth 1 Nott’s Forest 2 – 4 yellow cards shown.

We wish them all the best for this game and also for the season ahead.

AM at 2014-08-23 17:10:53

After kicking off last weekend, we are already in ‘big game’ territory in the Premier League as Arsenal travel to Goodison Park to face Everton and hope fare better than their 3-0 defeat back in April.

The season started with another opening day draw for Everton after they drew against Premier League new boys Leicester City, but the Toffees have been slow starters for a while now. The update of Ross Barkley being out injured until the end of the year at the very least is the real disappointing news from the opening weekend for Everton, with a big year expected from the English youngster. Some acute signings have been made from the summer by Martinez though and record signing of Romelu Lukaku has signalled their intention to challenge for European qualification yet again.

Arsenal got the win they were after, in the end, when they played Crystal Palace in their opening game in the Emirates Stadium. They fell behind to the Eagles but they managed to grab a late winner to get their season off to the winning start that was required.

The Gunners have also had a busy midweek as they played out a goalless draw in their Champions League play-off against Besiktas in Turkey, which led to Mikel Arteta picking up an injury which rules the former Everton midfielder out of the clash against his old club.