The match officials have now been confirmed for the Premier League encounter between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday 20th January (12:30).
Referee: Paul Tierney.
Assistant Referee: Scott Ledger.
Assistant Referee: Daniel Robathan.
Fourth Official: Andrew Madley.
Video Assistant Referee: Stuart Attwell.
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Steven Meredith.
Paul Tierney has been the man in the middle for 17 matches involving Arsenal and 19 involving Crystal Palace, two of which were between the two sides (2019/20 and 2021/22).
Tierney is no stranger to this fixture, as mentioned above. He was the referee for the 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park in the Premier League during the 2019/20 season, in a match which saw him brandish 5 yellow cards and 1 red card, including bookings for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette, and a red card for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He also oversaw the 3-0 win for Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League during the 2021/22 season. On that occasion, he showed two yellow cards, both of which were for Arsenal players (Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka).
His most recent match involving The Gunners was the 2-2 draw at home versus Fulham in the Premier League back in August. He showed 5 yellow cards and 1 red card on that occasion, all of which were for the visiting team.
His most recent match involving Palace was their 2-2 draw away at Manchester City in the Premier League in December. He showed just two yellow cards on that occasion, one of which was for a Palace player (Joachim Andersen).
Paul Tierney oversaw a total of 34 matches last season, showing 129 yellow cards and 3 red cards. He was most card-happy in the Premier League encounter between Liverpool and Arsenal (2-2) when he showed 8 yellow cards, including bookings for Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Granit Xhaka and Bukayo Saka.
So far this season, he has officiated 15 matches, showing 58 yellow cards (3.87) and 3 red cards. He was just a little card-happy in the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers when he showed 8 yellow cards and 1 red card.
Sources: Premier League & Soccer Base.