The match officials have now been confirmed for Saturday afternoon’s Premier League tie between Arsenal and Burnley at The Emirates Stadium, which has a kick-off time of 15:00.
Referee: Michael Oliver.
Assistant Referee: Stuart Burt.
Assistant Referee: Dan Cook.
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson.
Video Assistant Referee: Michael Salisbury.
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Ian Hussin.
Michael Oliver is no stranger to both sides, having been the man in the middle for over 50 matches involving Arsenal and a total of 25 matches involving Burnley since his promotion to the Football League in 2007.
His most recent match involving Arsenal was 1-0 win at home versus Manchester City in the Premier League in October. He brandished 5 yellow cards on that occasion, two of which were for Arsenal players: Jorginho and Gabriel Jesus.
Oliver has not refereed a match involving Burnley since their return to the Premier League. The last time he oversaw a match of theirs was at Carrow Road versus Norwich City in the season they got relegated. City won 2-0 on that occasion and Oliver showed 2 yellow cards, one of which was for a Burnley player (Charlie Taylor).
His record last season:
Yellow Cards: 159 (3.46)
Red Cards: 2
During the 2022/23 season, he was just a little card happy in the Nations League encounter between Spain and Portugal (1-1) at the Estadio Benito Villamarin when he showed 8 yellow cards, including a booking for Manchester City player Mattheus Nunes (was at Wolves at the time) and Bernardo Silva.
So far this season:
Yellow Cards: 57 (4.75)
Red Cards: 2
Oliver has been the man with the whistle on 12 occasions so far this season, showing 57 yellow cards and 2 red cards. He was most card-happy in his most recent match, which was between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in the Premier League (1-4), which saw him hand out 7 yellow cards and 2 red cards.