The international break is almost at an end, which means Arsenal fans can look ahead to the weekend, when the Gunners will host Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium. Sunday 1st May 2011 was the last time Arsenal managed to overcome The Red Devils, beating them 1-0 at home. Despite United’s collapse since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, Arsenal have still struggled against outwit their old title rivals.
Today, the news got worse for Gooners. It has been revealed that no other than Mike Dean will be refereeing the clash on Saturday. It might be seen as a ‘conspiracy theory’ that Dean doesn’t like Arsenal, but that are stats to back up the claim. Arsenal have won a desperately low percentage of their games when Mike Dean has been in charge and he once appeared to celebrate when Arsenal conceded a goal to Tottenham. The most pertinent of the stats though, is that Arsenal have never beaten Manchester United in the Premier League when Mike Dean has been in charge.
Here’s how Arsenal fans reacted to the news:
Mike Dean will referee Arsenal vs Manchester United. Congratulations on the three points, United.
— Renato (@th14Renato) November 17, 2014
Amid injuries, Manchester United call up Mike Dean to their starting line-up vs Arsenal.
— 1886 (@1886_blog) November 17, 2014
Mike Dean announced as referee for Man Utd on Saturday and Arsenal fans be like pic.twitter.com/KBDaVmtrMy
— AFC_Andrew (@PR_WhoRu) November 17, 2014
Not mentioning the fact Mike Dean celebrated as Tottenham scored against Arsenal whilst refereeing. http://t.co/isgu1BDqTi
— Lucas Thurgood (@LucasThurgood) November 17, 2014
Mike Dean is easily the worst Ref in the Prem and hates Arsenal. United are effectively 1-0 up already.
— Jack Cole (@JackCole96) November 17, 2014
I have nightmares about Mike Dean's performance in 2010. . .then I see that he's refereeing ManUtd and Arsenal. Here we go.
— Michael Pope (@mikespapacy) November 17, 2014
I love arsenal Twitter.. Already using mike dean as an excuse…. At least it's good we all know we're not winning on Saturday..!
— Emanuel Acheampong (@emanFC) November 17, 2014
Oh dear, everyone's favorite ref Mike Dean is reffing the arsenal game, great… #clueless
— Jack Fairbrother (@fairbrotherjack) November 17, 2014
Mike Dean is to referee this weekend's game between Arsenal and Manchester United. Shall we just give United the three points now or?
— David Brockett (@DavidBrockett) November 17, 2014
So it's Arsenal v MIKE DEAN on Saturday??
— #MiaSanArsenal (@_jazmiiine) November 17, 2014