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January 2018
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The real transfer story: How much space does each team have in its squad?

By Tony Attwood

One of the criticisms Untold has repeatedly made of the TTT (transfer tittle tattle) that is so beloved by the newspaper websites and their bloggetta coat-tail hangers on, is that none of the rumours take any account of a simple known fact – how much space each club has in its 25 […]

PGMO reported to the Committee of Public Safety and charged with crimes against football.

by our Anglo-French revolutionary team.

It is part of the cleverness of PGMO that no one – mark this my friends, no one – oversees the body. It is independent, separate, complete in itself and above all laws.

Now of late there has been some debate to whom the PGMO answers. Certainly in a sport […]

Matchweek 23 – Which team gets which referee the most: and why?

by Andrew Crawshaw

Firstly a brief look at the overall picture so far this year – which referees are over and under used, which teams should be sick of the sight of referees etc.

The games this coming weekend form matchweek 23. To date the PGMO have employed 18 referees, each officiating between 19 and […]

Chelsea v Arsenal, the teams, the transfers, and that 100.6% accuracy from the referee.

By Bulldog Drummond

If we take a look at the last 10 games between Arsenal and Chelsea this is what we find

Date Game Res Score Competition 25 April 2015 Arsenal v Chelsea D 0-0 Premier League 02 Aug 2015 Arsenal v Chelsea W 1-0 FA Community Shield 19 Sep 2015 Chelsea v Arsenal L […]

Chelsea v Arsenal; with one defeat in 10 Arsenal are in meltdown.

By Bulldog Drummond

We’ve been reporting of late how the newspapers have stopped doing Arsenal match previews, perhaps in an attempt to suggest that Arsenal are no longer of any interest to the public at large. But now suddenly they have a chance of some scandal there’s megaloads of coverage, with the denigration being heaped […]

Chelsea v Arsenal in the League Cup. Is anyone fit and not in disgrace?

By Bulldog Drummond

Although all attention will be on the referee’s assistants back in the PGMO Bunker there is also a football match on tomorrow – the first leg of the league cup semifinal.

My guess is that having put the kiddies out in front of Nottingham Forest Mr Wenger will return to the mainstream.


Chelsea v Arsenal Carabao Cup Semi-Final 1st leg Wed 10 January – Dawn of a new PGMO era?

by Andrew Crawshaw

As you may have seen, our two matches against Chelsea have been chosen by the FA to trial their Video Assistant Referee system.

The first match of the trial was last night’s third round FA Cup Tie between Brighton and Crystal Palace, a game that usually can be trusted to be a […]

Referees will be over 100% accurate in matches with VAR according to PGMO figures

By Tony Attwood

On 13 August 2013 the Daily Mail ran a piece on referees which says, “According to the Premier League, 99 per cent of offside decisions are correct, for the third season running. They also claim that 98.6 per cent of decisions made in the penalty area are accurate.

“The assistant referee makes […]

10 years of Untold: the shock of the comment

By Tony Attwood

When I started Untold ten years ago I didn’t have any particular thoughts about the comments the site might receive – my main concern was in putting out a point of view that I felt was either unrepresented or at least very under-represented at that time.

But as the audience grew, and […]

Just how bad is Arsenal II? Nottingham Olympiakos set for the future.

by Tony Attwood

I have written a little on the Arsenal History Society website comparing today’s AAA and wondering how they would have got on in the time of Herbert Chapman. Chapman, as we know railed against the antics and jeering of the “boo-boys” as the anti-Chapman gangs were called, and […]

FA Cup Nottingham Forest – Arsenal 4-2

By Walter Broeckx

Lots of changes as expected in the team and on the bench.

Arsenal team at the start : Ospina, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Holding, Willock, Elneny, Nelson, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Walcott, Welbeck.

On the beach: Macey, Chambers, Osei-Tutu, Dasilva, Reine-Adelaide, Akpom, Nketiah. In the stands: Wenger.

First shot of the match from Nottingham but Ospina […]

With Arsenal now deprived of their FA Cup win last season, what team will play to try and win it again?

By Bulldog Drummond

So as we now know, the end of last season was all a myth and Arsenal did not win the FA Cup (see FA insist that Chelsea are the current holders of the cup). So we move onto today’s little outing to try and overcome not just Forest, and the raging media, […]

FA insist that Chelsea are current holders of FA Cup; last season’s final not to be counted

By Tony Attwood

Before we finish our round up of the forthcoming match with Nottingham Forest I thought I would offer a little insight into the workings of the FA in relation to the FA Cup, and its relationship with Arsenal.

The Emirates FA Cup web page is a page which promises us “A complete […]

Forest v Arsenal: bloggettas attack Mr Wenger and home and away form and recent games

ByBulldog Drummond

The constant attempts at undermining Arsene Wenger have now geared up to another level as the bloggettas and their feeder newspapers are now tending to ignore the fact there is a game coming up and instead focus on attacking the manager. The Guardian has been doing this for months, and now others are […]

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal and an altercation with a fox

Sorry for the delay in publication of this article this morning; my car was involved in an altercation with a fox in the early hours of the morning over who had the right of way on a particular country lane. No one hurt except the fox (although amazingly it still managed to run away – […]

10 years of Untold Arsenal: pondering the question of 3 types of match fixing

By Tony Attwood

From before the time I started this blog 10 years ago, I was fascinated with the way the British media dealt with match fixing. In simple terms, according to our media it was done by foreigners, and largely associated with Far East “gambling syndicates”. Somehow it seemed that we were back in […]

Arsenal in danger of ending right back where they started as transfer chaos deepens

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Hello again my dear pals and chums, and welcome to another round up from the wild, crazy and one might say semi-skimmed world of transfer stories. Yes, we have signed one player, two more about sure to come (I know that cos I read it on the bloggettas) and everything […]

The notion that refereeing in the Premier League is balanced and fair is itself a conspiracy theory


How the Flat Earthers took over football journalism at the Guardian.

By Tony Attwood

From my perspective one has to be either fairly silly or rather desperate to dismiss a proposition as “ludicrous” without giving any reasoning or evidence, especially in a newspaper that prides itself on the […]

Gunning for the PGMOL: time for Mr Wenger to say clearly that refereeing here is not fit for purpose

By Blacksheep

In the last week Arsene Wenger has been the focus of much press attention on account of what he has had to say about the standard of refereeing in the Premier League.

In the last decade Untold Arsenal has ploughed a sometimes lonely but determined furrow in highlighting the ineptitude of some of […]

Two Big Games coming up for Arsenal Women

by Andrew Crawshaw

The WSL recommences next weekend and Arsenal travel to Kingston to play Chelsea, on the 7th. Then on the 14th they travel to Wycombe to play Reading in the semi-final of the Continental Tyres Cup (the Ladies equivalent of the League Cup).

Neither ground is especially near the Club’s main ground – […]

10 Years of Untold Arsenal: the issue of referees, corruption and non-reporting

By Tony Attwood

It seems curiously appropriate that I should be writing this little series of pieces commemorating the launch of Untold ten years ago, just as refereeing springs to the fore as an issue yet again. And not just that there is an issue, but that it is being dealt with in the same […]

Arsenal – Chelsea : 2-2

By Walter Broeckx

Özil back was the main news before the match. As a result Iwobi dropped back to the bench. None of the other injured players made it for this match.

Arsenal starting line up : Cech, Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Bellerin, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Wilshere, Özil, Alexis, Lacazette.

On the beach: Ospina, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Elneny, […]

Arsenal v Chelsea: the teams, a match fixing update and the latest from Paul Merson

By Bulldog Drummond

What all the teams in the top section of the league do is touch the ball more than the other teams. Here’s the table of touches this season

Position Club Touches 1. Manchester City 20,085 2. Liverpool 17,233 3. Arsenal 17,212 4. Tottenham Hotspur 16,168 5. Chelsea 16,116 6. Manchester United 15,371 […]

Arsenal v Chelsea; top six comparisons and the growing injury list

By Bulldog Drummond

As we often do with these games, we can have a look at the results Chelsea and Arsenal have had in playing matches against each other and against Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Here to start us off are Chelsea’s games…

Date Match Result Score Competition 06 […]

Arsenal v Chelsea: the indicators that tend to be the best predictors of the result

by Bulldog Drummond

Throughout this season we have been comparing the home and away form of the clubs we’ve been playing, and it has proven to be one of the most straightforward and reliable indicators of what might happen. Not perfect of could – we would need to factor in the referee at the same […]