Another Premier League game, another chance for Anthony Taylor to do something stupid, yes indeed, the worst ref in the division will take charge of Arsenal’s game against Watford.
This will be Arsenal and Watford’s fifth game of the season but the second time Taylor has taken charge of an Arsenal match. We had the joy of his ‘expertise’ against Liverpool at Anfield.
So far this season, Taylor has issued 30 yellows and two reds in just five games. His two reds were, of course, for two yellows. Anthony loves a two-yellow red. Apart from when he’s sending Lucas Torreira off against Tottenham, obviously.
Last season, Taylor took charge of seven Arsenal games and issued a total of 30 yellows and that one red. 16 went to Arsenal and 14 went to the opposition.
The season before it was four matches, 10 yellows and no reds. Four went to Arsenal, six to their opponents.
16/17 it was three matches, 15 yellows and one red. Eight to Arsenal, seven to the opposition and a two-yellow red for Victor Moses.
Anthony Taylor isn’t a biased ref. He’s just a bad one. He is equally as capable of getting it badly wrong for either side.
He’s on track to referee even more Arsenal games this season than the seven he was in charge of in 18/19.
Watford v Arsenal
Sunday, 15 September, 4.30om
Referee: Anthony Taylor. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn. Fourth official: Peter Bankes. VAR: Chris Kavanagh. Assistant VAR: Daniel Cook.