Michael Oliver will take charge of Arsenal’s crucial Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday.
The Gunners haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 2011, when a crazy game saw us run out 5-3 winners against an Andre Vilas-Boas managed blues. After the defeat at Anfield, it’s imperative that we get a decent result on Sunday, but those of a suspicious nature might think our chances of that are diminished with Oliver in charge.
Arsenal's win % with Michael Oliver officiating is 21% – the lowest of any official for our games in PL history (Min 15 games).
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) September 12, 2017
Since 2010, Oliver has refereed 19 Premier League games involving Arsenal, and the Gunners have won just four of them.
It’s not as if he’s been in charge of us in all the big games with big teams either, the run includes defeats to the likes of West Brom, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Sp*rs.
If there is a silver lining though, it’s that he has taken charge of Arsenal v Chelsea twice and we have yet to lose. He was the man in the middle for last season’s 3-0 win at the Emirates, and also presided over a 0-0 draw between the sides in 2015.
This will be the first time he’ll be in charge of a league game between the two sides at Stamford Bridge.