The Premier League has announced that Andre Marriner will take charge of Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on the weekend. The 45-year-old hasn’t taken charge of a Gunners match this season but the club’s record on the official is actually very good (via The Mirror)
Whether it’s just a statistical anomaly or something more, teams are undoubtedly more successful under some referees than others. Arsenal fans are well aware of this and have dreaded the matches officiated by Mike Dean and Michael Oliver in recent seasons.
Well the referee has been announced for Saturday’s trip to Manchester United and it’s good news for those stat fans. Andre Marriner will officiate the match and The Gunners’ record under the Englishman is actually very good.
Arsenal have won a very impressive eight of the last nine matches with Marriner holding whistle. Some may remember that one loss came in a match against Chelsea in 2014. The score finished 6-0 to the Blues but Marriner’s performance became especially noteworthy when he sent off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It’s possible that neither Gibbs nor The Ox will be playing on Saturday so there’s a slim chance of history repeating itself.
It’s doubtful whether this news will make any difference to the result on Saturday. The performances of the two teams will play a much larger role in the final result but games like this are so often decided by fine margins. Hopefully Marriner will make it up to Arsenal fans on Saturday by mistakenly sending off a number of United’s players.