Arsenal v Manchester City
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: Simon Bennett, Stuart Burt
Fourth official: Andre Marriner
Game of the weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s Man City will find it hard to improve on their diligence and excellence last season, but that’s what the Catalan will demand.
NAME | Michael Oliver
AGE | 33
YEAR APPOINTED| 2010
COUNTY FA | Durham FA
MAJOR HONOURS | FIFA Listed in 2012 , UEFA Elite, 2018 FA Cup Final, 17/18 UCL Quarter Final, 2016 League Cup Final
REF RANKING 17/18 | 1ST
PL GAMES 18/19 / TOTAL| 0
YELLOWS 18/19 / TOTAL | 0
REDS 18/19 / TOTAL | 0
Given how easily they destroyed most of the Premier League in 2017/18, an unbeaten campaign certainly isn’t beyond them.
Arsenal won’t be as soft a touch as usual under Unai Emery, but the one thing that does let the Frenchman down is that he’s often too conservative.
If the Gunners get the chance to close this one out, he has to go for the jugular.
City are beatable, but only if Emery allows his side to take risks when needed.
No surprise that the best official in the league gets the glamour game.
Michael Oliver consistently applies his best work, never better than in the Real Madrid v Juventus Champions League game last season.
He showed character to not back down, and stick to his guns, but it’s what we’ve come to expect. Arsenal and City should have no complaints.
Where is Oliver in the Referee Rankings?
|Position||Matches||Gameweek 1||GW1 Fan Rating||Gameweek 2||GW2 Fan Rating
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