Arsenal fans react as Mike Dean is named as referee for north London derby

Arsenal and Spurs both recorded big wins at the weekend over Bournemouth and Chelsea respectively, and are now entering a busy week of fixtures that is finished off by what will surely be a heated contest between themselves.

On Tuesday the Premier League announced the match officials for the next round of fixtures and it’s safe to say Arsenal fans were less than pleased with what they saw.

Mike Dean has been appointed the man in the middle – a referee whose critics will tell you historically favours Spurs, particularly after a strange moment in 2015 in which the 50-year-old appeared to celebrate a Lilywhites goal versus Aston Villa.

Fans must not be so quick to write off the Gunners, though, as they are currently 18 games unbeaten in all competitions as of Sunday’s 2-1 triumph over Bournemouth and seem to have found a good balance under Unai Emery.

However, this good run of form did little to comfort the Emirates faithful on Twitter as they went into meltdown.

Playmaker FC’s Theo Ogden was at the Emirates to witness Arsenal’s qualification for the Europa League last 32. Check out his match diary in the video below…

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