Speaking to BBC Radio 5Live, former Premier League referee Howard Webb has said that Arsenal became “easier” to manage on the pitch as the years went on, citing the fact that they became “naive” and “got bullied” by opposing teams.
Webb has retired from being the man in the middle but has a World Cup and Champions League final on his CV and said of the Emirates side: “Arsenal became easier to referee over the time, when I first started they were a daunting team to referee. They would get into your head, they got easier, and you got the sense that other teams bullied them on the pitch a bit.”
He then went on to say why he felt the team had become easier to officiate saying that when he gave a decision against them they would react in an obvious way.
The video, taken from the programme (via The Mirror), highlights exactly what he had to say about the Gunners over recent seasons.
Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has the joint most red cards in Premier League history with eight whilst another former Arsenal player, Martin Keown, has the joint sixth most with six.
Arsenal are in action this afternoon against Middlesbrough and will be hoping to earn three points to move themselves to the top of the Premier League table ahead of Manchester City.