Tottenham vs Arsenal: Mike Dean appointed referee for north London derby and fans can see the funny side

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Ref watch

The Premier League have announced the officials for their upcoming games and conspiracy theorists have had a field day, believing the ref favours Spurs over Arsenal

Mike Dean will referee Tottenham v Arsenal on Sunday and paranoid fans have used Twitter to pan the decision.

Dean being at the north London derby is bad for Gooners apparently and the ref’s critics are likely to tell you he favours Spurs over them. A bizarre moment in 2015 when he appeared to celebrate a Tottenham goal against Aston Villa hasn’t helped.

As the ball hit the net, Dean ran towards the goalscorer with arms outstretched, before wheeling away. It was just unfortunate timing, though, with his gesture actually signalling ‘play on’ after contact involving Mousa Dembele and a defender in the build-up to the Belgian’s goal.

Dean may look like he’s channelling Alan Sharer, but it’s not what it looks like, Arsenal fans

Dean may look like he’s channelling Alan Sharer, but it’s not what it looks like, Arsenal fans

Below are a selection of tweets from both sides of the north London divide following the Premier League’s announcement.

For those of you not into conspiracy theories and are just looking forward to the game, then Darren Cann and Dan Robathan are the linos and Andre Marriner is the fourth official.