So bad was his performance, referee Anthony Taylor has been dropped by the FA for this weekend’s Premier League fixtures after his horror show at the Emirates on Saturday.
Arsenal fans biggest gripe following their opening day of the season loss to Villa was directed at the Gunners’ management and recruitment policies, however coming in a close second of the shit-list was referee Anthony Taylor.
Taylor had a shocker in North London, bungling a serious of minor and then more major calls in the 90 minutes.
On the bigger call, Taylor drew criticism for awarding Villa’s first penalty after the official had originally allowed advantage after Szczesny had brought down Agbonlahor in the area. Only after the Villains blew their goal scoring opportunity was the penalty called.
Then there was Villa’s second penalty, and the call to dismiss Laurent Koscielny. Debate still rages about whether the French defender executed a well-timed tackle in the box, or perhaps the official flukily got the decision spot-on as camera angles showed Koscielny’s knee took out Agbonlahor in the box.
Aside from those incidents, Taylor got plenty of bread and butter calls wrong. Overall the official served four yellows and one red card to Arsenal and five yellow cards to Aston Villa.
It should be pointed out though, that until Saturday referee Taylor had been a good omen for the Gunners.
The Cheshire-based Taylor reffed Arsenal games three times last season, and Arsene Wenger’s men won all those fixtures although he did send Carl Jenkinson off at Sunderland.
A video highlighting all of Anthony Taylor’s dodgy calls during Arsenal 1 – Aston Villa 3 can be seen below.