Arsenal v Watford


Full Time

AH at 2018-03-11 16:25:47

Thanks for tuning in, stay with us for Rob Harris’s RefCam coverage of Bournemouth v Tottenham, which kicks off in 35 minutes time at 4pm, with Mike Dean in charge – over to you Rob.

Full Time

AH at 2018-03-11 16:24:00

In summary:

  • In the high-profile world of the Premier League, full marks to Martin Atkinson for a sound and solid refereeing performance – once again, there was much to admire.
  • The referee’s decision to not award a free-kick when Mikhotaryan was challenged in the 61st minute has given rise to some debate, but overall his decision making was exemplary.
  • What is often forgotten post-match is the contribution of the Assistant Referees. Lee Betts and Con Hatzidakis both gave credible displays to back up the referee and their low-key performances were a major plus.

Full Time

AH at 2018-03-11 16:21:55

Full TimeSummary to follow …..


AH at 2018-03-11 16:20:05

Yellow CardStandards remain high from the referee as Xhaka is correctly cautioned for his challenge on Will Hughes.


AH at 2018-03-11 16:18:09

Yet another correct decision as Richarlison looks to draw a foul in the penalty area, but the referee is having none of it and allows play to continue


AH at 2018-03-11 16:10:56

Good debate developing on Twitter, with thanks to @De_Steve552 for his contribution, on the referees ‘incorrect’ decision not to award a penal offence in the 61st minute as Mkhitaryan was challenged.  What is your view, let is know by tweeting us here @youaretheref


AH at 2018-03-11 16:07:10

GOAL! Game set and match for the Home Team as Mikhitaryan fires home from close range



AH at 2018-03-11 15:59:23

#ARSWAT  As so often happens, more has happened in the first 25 minutes of the second-half then the whole of the first-half.  Time for the refereeing team to refocus and see the game safely bought to a safe and successful conclusion.


AH at 2018-03-11 15:56:40

Yellow CardThe ‘tempo’ of the game has certainly increased by several notches and more street-wise refereeing by Martin Atkinson as he recognises this and cautions Holebas for his reckless challenge on Mkhitaryan


AH at 2018-03-11 15:54:09

Once again the refereeing team rises to the challenges presented to them as Pereya draws a foul in the penalty area by Maitland-Niles and Martin Atkinson could not be better placed to award the penalty-kick.  Deeney fails to convert and the score stays at 2-0.


AH at 2018-03-11 15:50:11

GOAL! More high-class officiating on display as Aubameyang is allowed to continue on goal from an onside position and the Home Team have doubled their lead.


AH at 2018-03-11 15:46:39

Yellow CardMustafi’s challenge on Richarlison is reckless and allows Martin Atkinson to assert his authority with the games first yellow card


AH at 2018-03-11 15:44:01

#ARSWAT I am enjoying the referee team-work on display this afternoon, this time is Con Hatadazis’s turn to shine as he delays his indication of a penal offence to see if any advantage accrued – great stuff!


AH at 2018-03-11 15:40:59

#ARSWAT more low-profile, high-quality refereeing as Martin Atkinson applies the advantage clause


AH at 2018-03-11 15:38:39

#ARSWAT  Interesting to see how many teams are adopting zonal-marking as opposed to man-to-man at corner kicks, do you think this it easier for the referee in terms of detecting penal offences. Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us here @youaretheref


AH at 2018-03-11 15:35:27

#ARSWAT Here we go for the second-half, the neutrals will be looking for a Watford equaliser, the North London faithful will be hoping for the opposite …

Half Time

AH at 2018-03-11 15:31:56

More RefCam coverage for you today and tomorrow of the games at Bournemouth and Stoke – tune in for more expert comment on these games

Half Time

AH at 2018-03-11 15:22:04

As always, some great articles on our website for your half-time reading, please visit for details of our involvement in the 2018 Soccer Summit in Ontario, with our North American Academy Director Sonia Denoncourt playing a key role in proceedings.

Half Time

AH at 2018-03-11 15:19:33

#ARSWAT Martin Atkinson has been calmness personified – an object lesson in low-profile match control – let’s hope for more of the same in the second 45 minutes …


AH at 2018-03-11 15:17:24

Lee Betts on the near-side touchline is having a good game, 3 correct offside decisions which would be expected to get right right at this level, but his position to make the judgement in all cases is worth noting …


AH at 2018-03-11 15:14:49

Good stamina levels being exhibited by the referee as the Home Team develop a fast break and he sprints through the centre-circle to keep up with play.


AH at 2018-03-11 15:10:30

5 minutes to half-time and what’s your opinion on the game so far, let us know, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at


AH at 2018-03-11 15:05:54

That was a close offside call by Lee Betts, the replays proving that the call was close, but correct


AH at 2018-03-11 15:03:04

#ARSWAT – other names in the frame for best performing referees in the Premier League include Taylor and Dean – who features in our second RefCam coverage of the afternoon at 4pm. I would like to see more matches allocated to Paul Tierney and Chris Kavanagh who have made commendable starts to their Premier League careers.


AH at 2018-03-11 14:56:02

A quarter of the way through the game and so far the referee’s performance has gone unnoticed – just what Martin and his team would have wished for at kick-off


AH at 2018-03-11 14:51:59

#ARSWAT  An interesting debate developing on Twitter @youaretheref – thanks to @EwanCampbell1NI who rates Micheal Oliver and Martin Atkinson, in that order, as the best 2 referees in the Premier League.  What’s your thoughts on this?


AH at 2018-03-11 14:48:06

#ARSWAT The referee takes the best course of action as Richarlison sustains a head-injury – safety first – always – Referees everywhere, no exceptions to this rule please !


AH at 2018-03-11 14:42:46

#ARSWAT This has been a very Martin Atkinson like start to the game – no fuss, no bother, one free-kick awarded from which Arsenal opened the scoring….


AH at 2018-03-11 14:39:16

GOAL! Mustafi latches onto an Ozil set-piece delivery and the Home Team open the scoring ..


AH at 2018-03-11 14:37:07

#ARSWAT As the game unfolds, let us know your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at


AH at 2018-03-11 14:32:59

#ARSWAT Martin Atkinson is a referee who I very much admire.  He utilises his experience well and is always calm and in control, a great role-model, in my opinion, for up and coming referees.  Let’s see how the game goes for him today.


AH at 2018-03-11 14:30:18

#ARSWAT Here we go – good luck to the 3rd team on the field of play


AH at 2018-03-11 14:25:24

#ARSWAT Martin Atkinson is in charge for this game, Lee Betts and Con Hatzidakis provide the on the field support, Chris Kavanagh, who is currently enjoying a good run of form (ask Ashley Williams of Everton) has the 4th official duties.


AH at 2018-03-11 14:22:48

Here at You Are The Ref we are delighted to welcome Paul Rejer to our ranks as Head of Referee Education – his wealth of experience can only take us in the right direction and, personally, I am very much looking forward to renewing our friendship and working alongside him again. Please visit for details of Paul’s appointment.


AH at 2018-03-11 14:19:58

Thanks to Mark Halsey for his excellent coverage of Manchester United v Liverpool yesterday, with Mark justifiably describing Craig Pawson’s performance as one in which he “stamped his authority on the game and you cannot argue with the cautions he issued …… an excellent day all round for the match officials.”

AH at 2018-03-11 14:17:26

#ARSWAT Good afternoon if you are watching in the UK, good morning if you are watching stateside, and welcome to our RefCam coverage from the Emirates as Watford are the visitors to Arsenal.   To say that the Home Team are not enjoying the best of seasons is somewhat of an understatement, it’s important for the rest of their season that they perform today.


AH at 2018-03-11 14:10:10

#ARSWAT Our RefCam coverage begins in a few minutes …..