ARSENAL fans are not happy after Mike Dean was announced as the referee for this weekend’s North London derby.
Gunners supporters were left open-mouthed as their perceived enemy was put in charge of the upcoming Premier League clash against fierce rivals Tottenham.
AFP3 Arsenal fans are not happy Mike Dean is refereeing the North London derby
3 Dean famously appeared to "celebrate" a Tottenham goal against Aston Villa
Dean has been accused by Arsenal fans of making “massive mistakes” in previous outings and famously "celebrated" a Tottenham goal scored against Aston Villa.
And an official government petition by Gooners in 2015 saw them try to ban Dean from refereeing their games in the future.
In 2017 he was demoted from Premier League matches after a string of high-profile errors.
The veteran official has since been enjoying other leisures, caddying for Lydia Hall at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
However, Dean and Arsenal are now set for an epic reunion this weekend, and things could get interesting if some decision go against Unai Emery’s men.
One fan wrote: “Lifelong Tottenham supporter Mike Dean will officiate this weekend’s North London derby.”
Mike Dean refereeing the north London derby. You couldn't make it up.
— Sam (@samuelJayC) November 27, 2018
Times Newspapers Ltd3 Arsenal fans once tried to get Dean banned by an official government petition
Mike Dean is the referee for the North London Derby. He’s definitely going to give them a penalty, isn’t he? BRB, I’m laughing myself to death.
— 1886 (@1886_blog) November 27, 2018
Lifelong Tottenham supporter Mike Dean will officiate this weekends North London Derby. pic.twitter.com/XdlOzJkHBL
— AFCAMDEN (@AFCAMDEN) November 27, 2018
When Mike Dean gives Tottenham a penalty late into the second halfpic.twitter.com/89ZpuADrVu
— IDontLikeSpurs (@IDontLikeSpurs) November 27, 2018
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Another said: “Mike Dean will officiate the North London Derby this weekend. Can we just hand Tottenham the win now?”
One tweeted: “Referee for Arsenal vs Spurs is Mike Dean. Again? Seriously???”
Another noted: “Mike Dean reffing the #NLD. The FA is a joke.”
One added: “Mike Dean for the NLD on Sunday? How does he keep getting these games??”