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Newcastle v Arsenal. Injury news, and the history between the clubs

By Bulldog Drummond

Not much news on the injury front

Player What’s up When he retuns This weekend? G Xhaka Illness April 15, 2018 Slight Doubt H Mkhitaryan MCL Knee Ligament Injury April 29, 2018 No D Ospina Ankle Injury April 29, 2018 No A Maitland-Niles Muscular Injury April 15, 2018 Major Doubt S Cazorla […]

Newcastle v Arsenal. Arsenal are crumbling… or maybe they are not.

by Bulldog Drummond

It is interesting to note that the only time Arsenal were actually ever behind CSKA Moscow was in the first leg when CSKA equalised and thus were technically ahead on the away goals rule.

When Arsenal went 2-0 down in the second match, and thus were ahead 4-3, and so as the […]

Bias figures beyond belief. Newcastle v Arsenal Sunday 15 April 2018 – The Match Officials

 

by Andrew Crawshaw

Before I start thinking about our Men’s match on Saturday a quick reminder that our Ladies have their FA Cup semi-final against Everton with a 12:30 kickoff on Sunday. That match is being covered by the BBC and is available via their Red Button.

I’m sorry about the clash in […]

Fifa are considering banning loans as they target Chelsea and Juventus

By Tony Attwood

It is something that is peculiar to football. Loan out a player who isn’t getting much game time with you, in order to relaunch his career. And why not? Arsenal do it, both with youngsters that they nurture and with players that are unable to get a work permit. And that latter […]

Atlético ain’t that good, treating the Tots like Arsenal, and the Europa ain’t that bad

by Tony Attwood

As I was bemoaning the fact that we will play Atlético Madrid in the semi-finals of the Europa League Blacksheep (whose birthday it is today, and since he splashed my last birthday all over Untold, I shall say happy birthday here although without mentioning his age – a privilege he singularly faileed […]

It’s Marseille, Leipzig or Red Bull Salzburg, and Mo Elneny is nowhere near good enough

By Tony Attwood

According to a number of reports on last night’s game Arsenal were out and just sneaked back in.

It is quite hard to collate that with winning 6-3 overall, but that is the way it was presented on Radio 5. It was a curious point: somehow Arsenal were out, and only by […]

EL: CSKA Moscow – Arsenal : 2-2

By Walter Broeckx

Team at the start: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette

Beach: Macey, Chambers, Holding, Mertesacker, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Nketiah

A rather slow start from both teams with both teams not really being fluent. Arsenal not committing themselves going forward and Moscow not really causing any real danger. The […]

Teams and injuries: how Arsenal will line up tonight and when the injured will return

By Bulldog Drummond

As so the final episode in our little series about Arsenal v CSKA Moscow. Here is the injury top ten, and yes shock horror we have gone up the table to 7th according to Physioroom.

Pos Club Total men gone Last man down What he done 1 West Ham United 8 A […]

CSKA Moscow v Arsenal: a warm welcome awaits

by Bulldog Drummond

The Sun has reported that the small number of valiant Arsenal away fans will each be given a fur hat at the stadium tonight with the words “Russian Warm Welcome” on them. Since the game kicks off ludicrously at 2305 local time I think they might be needed.

And why have […]

CSKA v Arsenal. The background of unexpected results, strange refereeing and moves towards a proxy war

By Bulldog Drummond

The frigid way in which the English newspapers and websites consider English referees and their controlling organisation PGMO, contrasts remarkably with the way in which the media elsewhere look at the issue of refereeing.

We’ll have a look at this on Untold once today’s Arsenal game has been and gone, but for […]

Arsenal this summer, and who is on the plane to Moscow

By Bulldog Drummond

It has been announced that Arsenal are to take part again in the International Champions Cup again this coming summer.

It is a somewhat curious competition, which last season took place in three countries with different teams playing different numbers of games. Arsenal’s one game – if I remember it aright – […]

These referee errors are there for all to see but it is how they are reported that is of greatest interest

By Tony Attwood

Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook was asked by Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican Utah) about the financial model behind Facebook. On all the reports I have seen and heard including on the financial news section of the BBC’s highly rated morning news programme on Radio 4, what was broadcast was the clip of […]

Referee shown to be utterly wrong concerning Elneny but what about punishing the ref and offending player?

By Dr Billy “the Dog” McGraw

As you will have heard I am sure Mohamed Elneny’s ludicrous and insane red card given at the end of the Southampton match has been rapidly overturned after the FA review, meaning Mo is free to continue playing league games. It would have been nice to suggest […]

Reiss Nelson signing new contract; Arsenal continue to develop youngsters in a very satisfying way.

by Tony Attwood

It appears from our old and often misleading friend “reports” that Reiss Nelson is close to signing an extended contract at Arsenal after making his Premier League debut in Sunday’s 3-2 win against Southampton. For any of us who have seen him develop in recent years anything less would have been unthinkable.

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Arsenal transfers that may just be wild flights of fancy

By Sir Hardly Anyone

It is wet and windy here in the Independent People’s Republic of Greater Rutland, and that wetness is not caused by most of our beloved county being a lake. Arsenal don’t want any forwards, so we are in bidding for lots of forwards. We don’t need any more youngsters, so we […]

Germany reveals what the Premier League will be like in six years, and they’ve had enough

By Tony Attwood

“After six Bayern Championships in a row, the competition is looking for an antidote. And some motivation.”

So (roughly) translates the headline in SZ, Germany’s largest circulation daily, and the newspaper published in Bavaria – home of Bayern Munich. And it tells a story that we might be considering […]

Does the length of player contract equal chances of success? Most certainly not.

By Tony Attwood

An article from the CIES Football Observatory raises an interesting point:

“Barcelona and Real Madrid top the rankings for the longest average contract duration of first team squad members. Six out of the eight top ranked clubs are still competing in European Cups. This illustrates the relationships between long-term planning and success.”

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Manchester City miss equalling Arsenal, and the things money can’t buy.

By Tony Attwood

Keith Hackett has written an article in the Telegraph, in which he says “If you want proof of why no English referee will be represented at this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia, look no further than Martin Atkinson’s performance at the Etihad on Saturday.”

It is a fairly bizarre and […]

Gross refereeing incompetence and vengeful corruption? Why Elneny was sent off.

By Tony Attwood

Sitting in the stands looking down on Mo Elneny being sent off all I could say to my chums sitting either side was, “Why has he sent Elneny off”? And no one knew – at least we guessed it was for pushing, but then, everyone seemed to be pushing. It used to […]

Arsenal – Southampton : 3-2

By Walter Broeckx

Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Chambers, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Elneny, Xhaka, Iwobi, Nelson, Welbeck, Aubameyang Bench: Macey, Holding, Monreal, Wilshere, Ozil, Lacazette, Nketiah

 

A nasty first challenge on Nelson from a Southampton player. The ref could have done something with that as it was all about making sure to foul the young player. […]

Crazy news, bonkers rumours, sensible team news

By Bulldog Drummond

And so we come to the Sky sports which announces, “Lucien Favre on Arsenal shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger,” while Arsenal Fever runs with “Mislintat orders another raid on Dortmund, Arsenal to move for £40m midfielder.” This relates to trying to get defensive midfielder Julian Weigl to transfer to Arsenal.

But of […]

Arsenal v Southampton Sunday 8 April – The Match Officials: always a bad omen!

by Andrew Crawshaw

Not good news for us as regards the match officials I’m afraid.

Referee – Andre Marriner Age 46 from the West Midlands Assistant Referee 1 – Scott Ledger from South Yorkshire Assistant Referee 2 – Simon Long from Suffolk Fourth Official – Mike Dean Age 49 from Mersyside

None of them are […]

Arsenal v Southampton, what the formbook tells us – and the injuries

By Bulldog Drummond

So continuing from the first part of our preview of Sunday’s game, (Arsenal have won 5 in a row, BUT PLEASE DON’T TELL ANYONE) as we are playing Southampton, let’s see how they are getting on, and of course as we normally do the last ten, that’s what we will compare.

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Arsenal have won 5 in a row, BUT PLEASE DON’T TELL ANYONE

by Bulldog Drummond

Recently Arsenal lost four games in a row. Arsenal have just won five games in row but while you must have known the first (if you follow any media at all) you might be excused not knowing – and not for the first time.

The four losses in a row was […]

51 players tipped to be joining Arsenal this summer. We’re almost half way there.

by Sir Hardly Anyone

Here is the list of all the Incoming Players for the summer of 2018. Yes we are almost halfway to our target of 110 transfers and the transfer window hasn’t even creaked open yet. Amazing!

Here’s the list

No. Player From Source Information 1 Yacine Adli PSG Sport Review. Talk Sport […]