Plenty will be said by supporters ahead of the north London derby on Sunday but what do the facts and figures show?
Mike Dean has been appointed as the referee for this Sunday’s north London derby and the reaction has been mixed, to put it politely.
Some Arsenal fans are convinced the official, 50, supports rivals Tottenham Hotspur despite him listing his favoured club as Tranmere Rovers with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).
Their belief stems from several incidents involving Dean where they feel he is celebrating a Spurs goal.
In Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over Aston Villa during the 2015/16 season, the official played on despite Mousa Dembele being fouled by Ciaran Clark, which allowed the Belgian to score.
Dean was then seen wheeling away continuing with his arms in the position of a ‘play on’ signal before then pointing several times to the centre spot, indicating a goal.
But this was enough for some rival fans to consider him ‘celebrating’.
North London derbies Mike Dean has officiated
- Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham (18/11/2017)
- Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal (16/03/2014)
- Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham (26/02/2012)
- Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal (02/10/2011)
- Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal (08/02/2009)
- Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal (21/04/2007)
He also faced accusations of enjoying a Spurs goal back in Arsenal’s 5-2 win in 2012 when he appears to jump while a deflected Louis Saha shot bounced over the line, when the easy explanation is Dean is attempting to see when the ball has crossed the line.
Meanwhile, Gunners fans appear to conveniently be forgetting last season’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham when the referee gave them a soft free-kick when Davinson Sanchez challenged Alexis Sanchez and appeared to win the ball, and an offside goal. The power of narrative.
So, let’s stick to the facts and the figures.
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