- Tom Cayless
Anthony Taylor appointed as referee for Arsenal vs Manchester City
With the opportunity to go top of the Premier League, Manchester City face Mikel Arteta's Arsenal on Wednesday evening in the biggest game of the season so far. The game will be broadcasted on Amazon Prime and kicks off at 19:30 (GMT). The Premier League has appointed Anthony Taylor as the referee.
One of the PGMOL's most trusted referees, Taylor has officiated the Blues 36 times. However, City don't have the best recent record with him in charge, losing twice to Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool once, drawing to both West Ham and Liverpool 2-2 – and finally, just the one victory against Wolves.
Despite the poor results, the 44-year-old awarded City three penalties in those six games. Pep Guardiola's side did miss two of those – Sergio Aguero's panenka attempt against Chelsea and Riyad Mahrez's late miss against West Ham at the end of the last season.
As for cards, the Wythenshawe-born official has dished out 55 yellow cards and two reds in the league; that's an average of 3.67 yellows per game. In the UEFA Champions League, however, his record increases; Taylor has given out 19 cards in just four games.
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Gary Beswick & Adam Nunn
Fourth Official: Darren England
VAR: David Coote
Assistant VAR: Marc Perry
John Brooks was originally set to be the VAR official for this fixture but was replaced by Coote after he made a significant error in Brighton's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, incorrectly disallowing a goal from Pervis Estupinan after drawing the offside line from the wrong Palace player.
Written by: @TomCayless_
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