While Arsenal’s recent record under Kevin Friend (the referee for tonight’s Carabao Cup clash) might not be the best, Gunners fans will be pretty happy with the appointment of Lee Mason for this weekend’s Premier League clash against Sheffield United. Mason will be assisted by Mark Scholes and Timothy Wood, with Robert Jones set to serve as the fourth official.
The Gunners have a fabulous record under Mason- they’ve lost only three out of 29 with him in the middle, and have never lost a home game when he’s had the whistle.
Arsenal last five matches at home with Lee Mason in charge
Arsenal 4-0 Newcastle (19/20 season)
Arsenal 4-1 West Ham (17/18 season)
Arsenal 2-1 Swansea (17/18 season)
Arsenal 3-1 Stoke (16/17 season)
Arsenal 0-0 Southampton (15/16 season)
In comparison to the Gunners, Sheffield United are on a five game losing streak under Mason. What’s worse, the Blades were scoreless in each of those five games.
Sheffield United last five games with Lee Mason as ref
Sheffield United 0-1 Man City (19/20 season)
Sheffield United 0-1 Southampton (19/20 season)
Leicester City 1-0 Sheffield United (FA Cup, 17/18 season)
Cardiff 2-0 Sheffield United (Championship, 17/18 season)
MK Dons 1-0 Sheffield United (League One, 14/15 season)
As mentioned above, Arsenal have only lost 3 out of 29 with Mason in charge. One of those was however against Sheffield United, back in the 2006/07 season, with the Blades winning 1-0 at Bramall Lane thanks to Christian Nade’s 41st minute effort.
Arsenal’s lineup that day v SUFC: Lehmann, Clichy, Hoyte, Senderos, Toure, Flamini, Baptista, Rosicky, Gilberto, Aliadiere, Van Persie
SUFC starting XI that day v Arsenal: Kenny, Armstrong, Kozluk, Morgan, Jagielka, Leigertwood, Gillespie, Montgomery, Quinn, Kazim-Richards, Nade
Given their poor recent record under Mason, SUFC will be looking to take some comfort and inspiration from that win. They are currently second from bottom in the PL table going into this game, with three defeats in three, and are the only team in the league yet to score.
Mason has been in charge of three games in the current 20/21 season
One was the Leicester Burnley league clash and the other two were in the League Cup (Fulham vs Sheffield Wednesday & Tottenham vs Chelsea). The home team emerged victorious on all three occasions.
Arsenal v Sheffield United at the Emirates Stadium (October 4, 2020)