Robert Madley appointed to officiate Arsenal's clash with Sunderland
Robert Madley in action (Source: Premier League)

Robert Madley has been appointed the man in charge of Arsenal's Saturday fixture Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium, which is set to kick-off at 3pm BST.

Madley has encountered both teams in the past 

The 30-year-old has taken charge of an Arsenal match three times before, with Arsenal winning all three of those games. The club's 2-0 FA Cup victory over Hull City last season being the most recent of the three games.

The Yorkshireman took charge of the Tyneside derby between Sunderland and Newcastle earlier this season, which Sunderland won 3-0. The official sent off Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini whilst awarding a penalty to the Black Cats. In total, Madley has officiated a total of six games domestic games involving Sunderland. 

Referee has superb history

Previously officiating Football League games, a role now undertaken by his younger brother, Madley has been seen in the Premier League since making his debut in Southampton's clash with West Brom in 2013. The FIFA listed official oversaw three red cards in this encounter, although then West Brom manager Steve Clarke proclaimed that all three were correct.

This season, he has taken charge of 10 games in total. Across all domestic competitions this term, he has shown 46 yellow cards and has sent three players off. 

Both will be hoping to avoid any suspensions tomorrow afternoon, with the two teams struggling with injuries and relegation battles between them. The hosts' squad is now horribly depleted due to recent injuries, with Santi Cazorla the latest to be sidelined, and cannot afford any absentees while Sunderland will need their best players fit if they wish to pull away from the relegation zone. 

With both needing three points for very contrasting reasons, Arsene Wenger and Sam Allardyce will be hoping Robert Madley makes all the correct decisions.

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