The referee who will be in charge of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Stoke City this weekend has been announced by the FA.
Arsene Wenger’s side will looking to go top of the league – for a few hours at least – when they host the Potters ahead of Chelsea’s fixture on Sunday.
After conceding several penalty-kicks this season, including one in the north London derby at the start of November and the last home league game against Bournemouth, Arsenal are unlikely to ignore the news of who will be in charge on Saturday.
According to the FA, Lee Mason is the man chosen to be the match official for the affair against Mark Hughes’ men at the Emirates stadium.
Mason’s most notable controversy involving the Gunners in recent memory was when he chose to spare Francis Coquelin a red card in the 2-1 win at Crystal Palace last season after only choosing to book the Frenchman for a number of serious fouls.
It will be the first time that the 45-year-old, who was relegated to the fourth official role after that Coquelin incident in August 2015, would have taken over an Arsenal game this season.
The Gunners’ trip to Everton on Tuesday will be refereed by Mark Clattenburg who is far less popular among most Premier League fans.