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.
— Red White Gooner ?⚪️ (@RedWhite_Gooner) November 27, 2018
So the PL worst ref takes charge of one of the hottest derby matches ???
— Dave Robins ?? (@EmeryGunners) 27 November 2018
FA has an agenda on the Arsenal
— Habesha (@livealex13) 27 November 2018
Conspiracy theory. …Mike Dean..North London Derby
Why can’t he retire and write that book that will claim he conspired against the Arsenal because he liked Tottenham @fa
— RED TEMPTATION (@TheArsenalNote) 27 November 2018
Are you joking! So you’re allowing a Spurs fan to referee the NLD? Good to see you aren’t being biased in anyway then. Let’s all look forward to a game of diving and cheating from the enemy.
— Sara Neale (@GoonerSNe) 27 November 2018
That match is already ruined before kick off
— Leo (@Lehuy_trong) 27 November 2018
Of course this clowns got the Derby. Disgrace
— Jack Main (@Jackmain) 27 November 2018
Absolute shambles that it had to be mike dean
— Muhammad Essy (@EssyMuhammad) 27 November 2018
— ToxicArsenalFan (@ToxicArsenalFan) 27 November 2018
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…