'Fair play to him' - Arsenal's Oxlade-Chamberlain on Marriner

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has spoken about Andre Marriner taking the Ice Bucket Challenge this summer.

Arsenal take on Chelsea tomorrow in what is expected to be an exciting and close encounter at Stamford Bridge.

Last season it was certainly exciting, but not close.

Chelsea ran rampant against Arsenal, winning 6-0, as they exposed their high line to good effect in a rampant and ruthless display of counter attacking football.

Arsenal were left embarrassed after yet another thrashing against one of the big boys in the Premier League - after similar results against Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton.

But despite that they were not the most embarrassed on the pitch that day. That role would have to go to the referee Andre Marriner.

With a quarter of an hour gone Arsenal were already 2-0 down, courtesy of Samuel Eto'o and Andre Schurrle strikes, when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produced a diving save on the line to deny them a third.

A penalty was given and Eden Hazard made it 3-0 - but only after Marriner had made a mess of issuing the red card. He sent off Kieran Gibbs by mistake in a case of mistaken identity and despite pleas from Oxlade-Chamberlain that it was actually him that committed the offence, Marriner was having none of it.

Of course he soon realised he had made a mistake and was the butt of jokes for weeks after the incident.

This summer Ox and Gibbs got a little payback. The Ice Bucket Challenge was sweeping the nation as a fun way of raising money for the ALS foundation and Gibbs and Ox decided to nominate the referee to take part as a little payback for his mishap.

Which, in fairness to Marriner, he did.

Now Oxlade-Chamberlain has commented on that fact to the official Arsenal website, keeping it short and sweet by stating:

"Yeah he did it, fair play to him!"

Oxlade-Chamberlain now has a chance to banish the memories of Stamford Bridge last season with a good performance tomorrow. He will hope the talking points are a little different this time around.

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