Arsenal fans generally hate referee Mike Dean.
It is a hatred that intensified following this season’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, in which Dean sent off Gunners pair Gabriel Paulista and Santi Cazorla, but failed to dismiss Blues striker Diego Costa for a trademark act of violence.
After that game in September, fans generated almost 100,000 signatures on a petition to ban Dean from officiating their beloved Arsenal. The petition was not taken seriously.
Dean was in charge of Arsenal’s North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, on Monday night.
Spurs beat Aston Villa 3-1 and Dean seemed pretty happy when Mousa Dembele’s opening goal went in.
This won’t have improved the Wirral-based ref’s reputation among bitter Gooners.
Check out some of the Tweets below…
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When you realise Mike Dean isn’t refereeing the North London derby… pic.twitter.com/xW5Qsa6ScL
— Renato (@th14Renato) November 2, 2015
I honestly think that Mike Dean sits up all night bashing one out over Gazza’s free kick vs Arsenal to the background music of Chas & Dave — Memz Dogi (@Memz_Dogi) November 3, 2015
Hey @FA do something about Mike Dean. Clearly a Spurs fan. Seen him celebrate? Look at his record against Arsenal too.
— John Tully (@Thetullyboy) November 2, 2015