Soccer NewsTuesday 14th November 2017

'Proof FA hates us' - Arsenal fans despair ahead of Tottenham showdown

'Proof FA hates us' - Arsenal fans despair ahead of Tottenham showdown

The highly-anticipated north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham is upon us, but supporters of the former have not reacted well to the referee appointed for the game on Saturday.

The man in question is none other than Mike Dean, and it’s fair to say that Arsenal fans don’t have fond memories of their games with the official involved.

In turn, that has led to a heated response on Twitter, with Tottenham supporters refusing to miss out on the opportunity to make the most of the misery of their rivals, and so the pressure will certainly be on Dean amid all the scrutiny that he seems to be facing.

Referee aside, it’s a crucial encounter for both sides. Much has been made of the ‘power shift’ in north London with Tottenham finishing above Arsenal last season and seemingly going places under Mauricio Pochettino.

While that hasn’t yet translated into trophies, Arsenal seem to be stuck in a rut with Arsene Wenger at the helm as they now seem destined for another battle to make the top four after failing to do so last year which has resulted in Europa League football this season.

As a result, there’s a lot riding on the game at the Emirates even this early in the season from a fan point of view as it will give bragging rights to them for the time being at least, and so with so much at stake, appointing Dean as referee hasn’t been the FA’s most popular decision judging on the reaction below…

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