Monday, 14 November 2016

Confirmed: Marriner to referee Manchester United clash against Arsenal

Andre Marriner, the referee who famously mistook Kieran Gibbs for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, will officiate the first meeting between the two sides this season.

Andre Marriner has been appointed to referee Manchester United's clash against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The two sides will clash this weekend for the first time this season, with Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger set to renew hostilities.

Marriner has officiated 21 United games in the Premier League in his career, with the club winning 13, drawing one and losing seven. In that time he has shown 33 yellow cards and one red card.

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The 45-year-old also famously mistook Kieran Gibbs for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during Arsenal's 6-0 defeat to Mourinho's Chelsea in 2014, a mistake for which he was dropped from the Premier League's referee list.

United and Arsenal's clash this weekend is arguably one of the biggest games of the season thus far, with Mourinho's side desperate to move up the table - they currently languish in sixth - while the Gunners will hope to maintain their pressure on leaders Liverpool.

Arsenal drew 1-1 with Tottenham in a spiky north London derby last time out, while United defeated Swansea City 3-1 in Wales.

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