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People often make judgements on first impressions and sometimes that can lead to misjudgements. Martin Atkinson fell into this trap when booking Sol Campbell for what looked like a studs up challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen yesterday. Campbell was understandably incensed as Atkinson’s rash decision meant he became the first Arsenal player to be booked in a game since Anselm of Colney during a Shrove Tuesday match in Buxton in 1564.

What the above photograph clearly shows is that Campbell’s studs weren’t up. Pedersen isn’t flying through the air and none of this happened. Move on.

Football continued in its lingering death throes yesterday as Arsenal were defeated by a Blackburn side who blatantly had players standing in positions in the penalty area trying to score from corners. 

As usual one man was standing up for the rule of common sense. ‘He (Fabianski) had two players in front of him all the time and every time it was to stop him getting the ball. I think the referee cannot allow that. I am very disappointed the referee lets that happen in a football game, it is unfair to a goalkeeper. That is completely unfair.’

Clearly rule changes are needed. Based on his announcements this season, it would appear Wenger would favour the following:

1. No opposition players to stand in the Arsenal penalty box at corners

2. No taking the ball off Arsenal players anywhere on the pitch

3. No trying to score goals against Arsenal

Anything else is clearly unfair. On Arsenal.