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Arsenal v Tottenham: The teams, and the need to kill off under performing players

By Bulldog Drummond

It is interesting that with the first team seemingly fixed on three at the back, with two full backs helping them, the under 18 side is playing with a back four in a 4-2-3-1 formation – or at least that is how it seemed as they were beating Norwich 3-0.

However […]

Arsenal v Tottenham: the tragedy of a journalist’s pathetic lack of knowledge

By Tony Attwood

Of course the figures […]

Arsenal v Tottenham Saturday 18 November 2017 – The Match Officials

by Andrew Crawshaw

So we now know the punishment for Arsène Wenger for his (correct) disparaging remarks on the quality of refereeing in the EPL. A visit by the referee who is probably most hated among Arsenal fans – Mike Dean.

Referee – Mike Dean Age 49 from Meryside Assistant Referee 1 – Ian Hussin […]

Arsenal v Tottenham: return of the triumvirate, the battle of the midfield.

By Darren Stinsman

Arsenal go into a crunch North London derby on Saturday lunchtime knowing that defeat would leave them seven points behind their bitter rivals. Tottenham are in fine form at the moment and will be full of confidence following their recent 3-1 victory over European champions Real Madrid at Wembley. Arsenal were in […]

Apologies for our down time and here’s some tittle tattle

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Sincere apologies for the lack of posts through some of today. We suffered another attack, and it took a while to recover. This time it was different – the site was still visible and comments could be posted but we were unable to put up new posts for a while. If […]

WSL1 Arsenal v Sunderland Nov 12 2017 – The Untold Match Report

Sorry for the delay in bringing you this report – we had a technical problem yesterday.

by Andrew Crawshaw

Sunday Nov 12 was dry, bright and very cold. Fortunately for me my journey from South London to Borehamwood was clear of upgrade works giving me a simple journey involving only one change of train.

It […]

Arsenal v Tottenham. Objectivity and perspective, not quite the same thing

By Bulldog Drummond

It seems many of us have different definitions of fairly ordinary words. “Objectivity” I take to mean working hard to take out any sort of bias. “Perspective” I think means in the context used, “a point of view”. Which is how one person can say to another, “You’re approaching the problem from […]

Arsenal v Tottenham: a little bit of perspective

By Bulldog Drummond

I don’t have any difficulty in admitting that Tottenham have been doing well of late, not do I try to deny the utterly obvious. That, for example, last season for the first time in a number of years (quite a large number of years in fact) Tottenham came above Arsenal in the […]

2 years 5 months after it was predicted, “New Thierry Henry” will finally sign for Arsenal!

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Yes it was in June 2015 that we first pronounced upon the fact that Nabil Fekir was about to sign for Arsenal, and we knew that because the bloggettas were full of it and full of it and full of it again.

He turned up again in the following month, […]

Why all the football statistics now available still leave us uncertain as to what is going on.

by Tony Attwood

Some time back, I criticised a book called The Numbers Game – which purported to reduce all football to a valid statistical analysis – and I was reminded of it again when another book appeared doing the same sort of thing: claiming it had analysed every aspect of the game and was […]

Chelsea’s technical director goes but Arsenal remain the masters of football chaos.

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal, as we well know, is left in disarray, tatters or chaos (sometime all three) when a player who was “on the radar”, “according to reports” says (allegedly) that he has no intention of going to London, not even for a shopping trip.

The club is also in chaos when thousands of […]

Stop, don’t move. There’s a new player we are going to sign. Honest it’s true. Or so I am told

By Sir Hardly Anyone

OK here we go. Some stories that you have heard, plus a new name. How exciting!

1: According to Ozil, Arsenal is still the club he wants to play for. “Massive boost for Wenger: Highly-rated star confirms he wants to play for Arsenal”. That’s pretty much doing the rounds these days.


How to knock the Arsenal without bothering to check a single fact

By Tony Attwood

I notice Jonathan Liew has seemingly moved from the Telegraph newspaper to become Chief Sports Writer of the Independent web site.

A change of publication, but not it seems a change of style, for today he has published this:

“Henry Norris, the former Arsenal chairman, is perhaps best known as the man […]

Fake News Index: Ozil staying, Wilshere to Palace for the sake of the country, Wenger grip loss.

By Sir Hardly Anyone.

What, one may ponder, is the difference between fake news and headline writing? Indeed I think it is fair to say that in the public house lounge bars in the leafy shires, they speak of little else. Let us therefore ponder!

Fake 1: Ozil’s future (Red London and the Metro)

It […]

Germany teetering on the brink of potential referee crisis. “Never lose control of your referees”.

by Tony Attwood

Headlines from German and French language papers about the current football crisis in Germany give a warning of the path that they might be tempted to follow

The German Football League calls for a new order of referee structure in Germany after the recent chaos. An independent organization of refereeing should solve […]

Fake news index: striker next season, striker we should have kept, horrific loans

By Tony Attwood

One of the problems with being in the fake news business, is that you not only have to keep inventing it, each piece of fake news has to outdo the previous bit. Thus we have the headline from ArsenalShorts which reads

Wenger confirms 54 goal striker will play for Arsenal next […]

Dear ESPN: Expected Goals do not account for refereeing errors


By Sifarzone

Expected Goals are all the rage today and it is certainly a great addition to the toolbox we use in analyzing and understanding football. It gives an understanding to the match beyond just the ultimate results, goals. It values long term-performance over short-term results, since long-term performance will eventually return as results.


Who will Arsenal’s next manager be and what we can learn from Moyes?

By Tony Attwood

The time will come when Arsenal need a new manager. I don’t know when, but it will happen.

Three options are available: a promotion from within, bringing in a famous managerial name from elsewhere, or finding a person who (like Mr Wenger when he joined) will be unknown to most supporters, unless […]

How the evolving referee scandal in Germany is causing the English media problems

By Tony Attwood

Oh this is so difficult for the British media.

With the commentary that the refereeing of the Manchester City game against Arsenal was not all that it might have been, they went as far as they dared without having their licences from the PL revoked. Now they have scuttled away from […]

How fake news was used to manipulate the Man C story to avoid considering the issues

By Tony Attwood

A couple of changes were made to this article at 9am on 7 Nov after it was initially published

I recently wrote a little piece How fake news came to dominate the reporting of football in all English media which traced the history of fake news in the media back 100 […]

Our one hope: the media is suddenly realising there is something wrong with refereeing

By Tony Attwood

We first knew something was up when Alan Green, the BBC commentator, suddenly started laying off referees. He’d never suggested there was anything wrong in terms of bias, but constantly reported that they were making mistakes. Lots of mistakes. Lots and lots of mistakes. Lots and lots and… well you get […]

13 years on: the match that has never stopped. Referee influence on match results

For many years Walter Broeckx has headed a team of experts writing for Untold on refereeing. In 2017 he took a long overdue sabbatical… until yesterday, events forced him to return to his subject…

13 Year On

By Walter Broeckx

In my match reports I promised myself at the start of the season that I […]

The live robbery report – Man$hester $ity – Arsenal 3-1, As usuall robbed again…

By Walter Broeckx

A few not so pleasant surprises at the start of the match with the absence of Per in particular one I didn’t want. So we got a starting line up with Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Coquelin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Özil, Iwobi, Alexis.

Both teams attack in the opening minutes. City with a […]

Manchester City v Arsenal. The league where Arsenal come bottom.

By Bulldog Drummond

Arsenal injury news: Wenger confirms triple blow, trio to miss Man City clash

That headline came from Ron Carne, an interesting variation for him, as his posts often have the word journalist in the headline, in the mistaken belief that if something is said by a journalist it is more likely […]

Manchester City v Arsenal Sunday 5 November – Media react to the Match Officials

by Andrew Crawshaw

The mainstream media and blogettas have joined us this year in mentioning referees in advance of Premier League games.

Our Officials are :-

Referee – Michael Oliver Age 32 from Northumberland and FIFA accredited Assistant Referee 1 – Simon Bennett from Staffordshire and FIFA accredited Assistant Referee 2 – Stuart Burt from […]