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Premier League confirms Mike Dean as referee of North London derby

Despite constant criticism, former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires feels Arsene Wenger is still the right man for the job.

Mike Dean will referee his seventh North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham on Saturday, the Premier League has confirmed.

In 2015, 100,000 Gunners fans signed a petition to ban him from Arsenal games after a controversial loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge that year.

Dean chose not to send off Chelsea striker Diego Costa for a foul and instead gave Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista a red card for retaliating.

He was in charge the last time Arsenal defeated Spurs in a Premier League match in 2014.

However, Arsene Wenger's team have a history of bad results in games in which the 49-year-old has been in charge.

Between August 2009 and January 2013, Arsenal won just two of 18 matches that Dean refereed, losing 11.

The official showed a Premier League-high five red cards last season, and has sent two players off in his previous six North London derbies.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.

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