Arsenal and Tottenham fans finally agree with both fearing Mike Dean on VAR and Paul Tierney as ref in huge derby

ARSENAL and Tottenham fans have finally united – after discovering Mike Dean and Paul Tierney will officiate their top-four decider this month.

The north London enemies square off on May 12 as they continue to battle for the final Champions League spot.


Arsenal currently occupy fourth, with Spurs just two points behind.

But supporters are already feeling the heat after the match officials were revealed today.

It has been confirmed that Tierney will be the referee for the crunch derby clash.

And Dean, who will retire this summer, is going to be on VAR duty.

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Tierney, 41, has garnered a reputation for dishing out yellow and red cards.

The game between two rivals fighting for a return to Europe is sure to get heated.

And fans fear it could be spoiled by a possible early bath.

However, it’s Dean on VAR which is scaring supporters the most.

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Arsenal fans are convinced the experienced official, 53, has a grudge against them.

And many point to their 2-0 defeat at Chelsea in 2015 as the prime example, with Dean sending off two Arsenal players as Diego Costa caused havoc in blue.

Spurs supporters reckon they’ve also been hard done by in games officiated by Dean – despite the ref famously appearing to celebrate Tottenham goal against Aston Villa in 2015.

And both Arsenal and Tottenham fans united on social media to vent their frustration at the appointments of Dean and Tierney in the upcoming derby.

FANS HORRIFIED

One said: “This is really bad from the Premier League.”

Another wrote: “Mike Dean in a Spurs game against their biggest rivals, lol.”

One tweeted: “The worst ref on the list by a country mile.”

Another noted: “At least we can blame the officials if we lose.”

One declared: “How is Mike Dean allowed to officiate Spurs matches?”

Another added: “Mike Dean had to have the last laugh.”

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Dean has previously talked about his experiences officiating Arsenal games, calling Gunners legend Arsene Wenger the “scariest” boss he’s ever faced.

Dean said: “[Scariest manager?] It has to be Arsene when he was at Arsenal.

“I always found it tough, not refereeing Arsenal in general but refereeing Arsenal when he was the manager.

“It was just his presence, he wanted the best for Arsenal all the time, and if he could find any way of getting one over you, he would do.”

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