When the Premier League announced that lightning rod Mike Dean would be presiding over Sunday's North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal, it was met with mass disapproval from the red part of North London.
Mike Dean has been appointed referee for Spurs v Arsenal on Sunday 16 March #TOTARS— Premier League (@premierleague) March 10, 2014
After all, Arsenal's record while Dean is officiating is...not incredibly good.
Mike Dean put in charge of the north London derby. Spurs basically 1-0 up already. pic.twitter.com/0o3bI4Oear— Samuel (@samuelj29060) March 10, 2014
Unsurprisingly, the news didn't sit well for some.
This is what came in my mind when I heard they assigned Mike Dean for the game against spurs. pic.twitter.com/Lzqe8pwYdn— sabrina AFC (@sabrinakyawt) March 10, 2014
Just imagine, the Invincibles might never have happened had Mike Dean been around back then…— Rich (@arsefc) March 10, 2014
Otpa Stat: Mike Dean has scored in each of his last 6 appearances against Arsenal. Lethal.— arseblog (@arseblog) March 10, 2014
Highbury Harold (@BlackScarfAFC) March 10, 2014
Goonerman AFC (@davidhickman14) March 10, 2014
Mike Dean has been appointed to ref Spurs vs Arsenal on March 16th... pic.twitter.com/qOUfbc7yz7— Wenger's Wingman (@mikesanz19) March 10, 2014