Arsenal fans don’t like referee Mike Dean. Earlier this season, following the game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, they even started a petition to prevent him from taking charge of the Gunners’ games in future.
The petition managed more than 100,000 signatures. Statistics suggest that the North London’s winning rate under Mike Dean is less than half of their average rate.
So when FA decided to put Dean in charge of the Arsenal’s FA Cup tie with Hull City, it didn’t go down well with the fans. They already fear the worst.