Arsenal may have won the first North London derby of the Unai Emery era 4-2, but it wasn’t a game in which the fans were always pleased with. In fact, at half-time, there were changes to be made, and the one change that the Gunners really wanted to see was the referee, as Mike Dean gave a questionable penalty to the Lilywhites for Harry Kane to make it 2-1.
What would you change at half-time??
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) 2 December 2018
Popular Arsenal fans account, AFTV took to Twitter ahead of the second half to ask what the fans wanted to see change as Tottenham led at the break, and the fans response was unanimous as they all laid into Mike Dean, calling for a new referee for the clash, for VAR to be introduced and for anything else that would see a less biased way of making decisions in the second 45 minutes.
As it happened, they didn’t need a new official, they just needed a couple of changes to their eleven as both Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey came on to great effect. The Welshman’s lovely lay-off setup Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second goal of the game to level it at 2-2 before Lacazette grabbed a goal of his own, in fortuitous style as his left-footed effort deflected off of Eric Dier and into the bottom corner.
The result may have been the right one for the Gunners, but they still weren’t pleased with Dean, and you can see what the Gunners said when asked what they’d change at the break here:
Mike Dean for VAR
— Andreas Hedensted (@AndreasHedenste) December 2, 2018
The officiating… it’s just terrible. #ARSTOT
— joe gecks (@joe_gecks) December 2, 2018
— Kamo Sithole (@kamosithole19) December 2, 2018
— Tom Hind (@hindmeister) 2 December 2018
— Krystian Ambrochowicz (@KrisAmbrO) December 2, 2018
— Adam Nijhawan (@ANijhawan17) December 2, 2018
— Lamara (@LamaraMara17) 2 December 2018
— Sam Lehouiller (@Boots_Lehouiler) December 2, 2018
The Gunners were livid with Mike Dean in the first half and were just glad that they didn’t need to have the referee on their side to score three second-half goals.