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Amazingly 22% of members of Arsenal Supporters Trust say Mr Wenger should stay

By Tony Attwood

This year much of the the membership of the Arsenal Supporters Trust appears to be anti-Wengerian in its dominant outlook. For some years this view was, I think, mollified a little by people like me who were members of the Fanshare scheme, and as a result were sent voting forms for AST […]

Arsenal v Manchester City Sunday 02 April 2017 – The Match Officials

by Andrew Crawshaw

Firstly a welcome back to full refereeing duties for Lee Probert – now recovered from back problems and assessed fit he takes charge of his first Pl game of the season Watford v Sunderland.

We have

Referee – Andre Marriner Age 45 from the West Midlands and FIFA accredited Assistant Referee 1 […]

The tapping up of youth players: it just goes on and on, and still the FA won’t act properly.

By Tony Attwood

There is a certain type of person who not only says about rules and regulations “they does apply to us” but who also seriously means it. The sort of person who knows about the rules but also says “no one bothers with that”.

Football it seems is rife […]

Arsenal are the club most prone to injuries (again, and again) Well up to a point…

By Tony Attwood

You might recall, if you have a very good memory, that back in January we reported that The Independent claimed that “Arsenal suffer most injuries”. Untold did quite a lot of work on that data and our headline added the phrase to their headline “after using obviously faked data”

There were so […]

Broadcasters become desperate over declining audiences (and what Kodi boxes are all about)

By Tony Attwood

We’ve discussed several times the fact that just at the time when the media put in bids to show English football matches that were way above anything previously seen, so TV audiences for football have come down.

Several reasons have been mentioned. For example there is the undeniable fact that tastes endlessly […]

Ambiguity vs certainty and Talksport’s campaign to undermine video refereeing

by Don McMahon

Don is a retired referee who worked at NASL and international level

That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.

I recently read an article about the France-Spain friendly played last week and its successful use of video refereeing technology.

There were numerous comments from pundits and retired […]

When we suggested Tottenham’s stadium’s costs might increase, we never thought they would double

by Tony Attwood

Writing about other team’s new stadium is always tricky, and can often bring abuse. My little piece about Everton’s stadium for which Liverpool Council are giving financial guarantees in order to get the cost of lending down, brought a lot of comments (not all of which were published here) to the […]

Finally confirmed: video technology to be used in some games from next season

By Tony Attwood

Robbie Savage predicts that games will go on long into the night. The Daily Telegraph says that “Doubts remain”. But video technology is finally, after years and years of attempts at delay, going to happen. It won’t mark the end of incompetent refereeing, nor of match fixing, but it will be a […]

Even the issue of tickets for the semi-final is a way of knocking Arsenal now.

by Tony Attwood

There is a story doing the rounds that all season ticket holders who want a ticket for the Wembley semi-final against Man City have got one.

And of course this has been taken up as a chance to knock Arsenal and Arsenal support – exactly as happened two years ago, and the […]

Why referees should be under the control of an outside body

By Tony Attwood

All organisations need to have standards. Football clubs need to obey public safety standards and the special rules that apply specifically to football matches. They also have to obey the laws on finance and accounting, on employment contracts, as well as football rules such as that relating to not taking youngsters across […]

If today’s football news teaches us nothing, perhaps can we learn from Arsenal’s history

by Tony Attwood

I won’t deny it, it’s been a really naff week for football news. Take this headline for example…

£50m Chelsea raid, Liverpool defender swoop, Man United talks, Arsenal exit wanted

You have to plough through quite a few adverts and bits of tittle tattle to get to the “Arsenal exit wanted” bit […]

No hints of progress from those who (unlike most of us) were paid to watch England.

by Dr Billy “the Dog” McGraw.

With England as we have long since learned, it is different. Somehow the standards demanded are, well, not to put too fine a point on it, lower. Lower as in, below floor level. Lower than that in fact. Sub-basement, although that still seems a bit high.

Having lost […]

Mesut Özil speaks about his childhood and his life in football

by Tony Attwood

I recently ran a little article here about Granit Xhaka which was taken from a Swiss newspaper and it created a little bit of interest I felt, not least because it gave a different interpretation to the piece from the way in which it was handled by the English media. (Although I […]

In case you have been in hibernation during the the interlull here’s what you missed

By Sir Hardly Anyone and an abacus.

During international weeks there are 14 potential football stories for the media to play with and invent. They fall into three simple groups: the managers of PL clubs, the players of PL clubs, and the internationals themselves. Because the internationals always come out with the same stories, the […]

When people with no expertise are allowed to run the debate, it’s no wonder the commentaries are unreliable.

By Tony Attwood

One of the multiple problems with the way the mass media reports football is that it does it by themes – or what some journalists like to call “talking points”.

These themes are said to be the issues that are on everyone’s lips and so they are hammered away at until either […]

When it rains, it pours.

by ARSENAL 13.

A quick google of the words subjective and objective will give you this:

“An objective perspective is one that is not influenced by emotions, opinions, or personal feelings – it is a perspective based in fact, in things quantifiable and measurable. A subjective perspective is one open to greater interpretation […]

Predicting the future is a lot easier when you are certain you know what’s happening.

By Tony Attwood

What is going to happen to Arsenal for the rest of the season?

One of the interesting factors in the recent debate about the management and ownership of the club is that many people do present the view that they not only know what will happen in the next game against Man […]

How do we save international football? Here is a simple alternative to scrapping it totally.

By Tony Attwood

One of my regular arguments about the media and their handling of football is that they first select the agenda, then second warp it in some way, and then finally deliver their answers. Those who see things from a different perspective never get a look in.

Nowhere is […]

More state aid for another club stadium, and perhaps a little local difficulty for Tottenham?

By Tony Attwood

Everton look to become the latest Premier League to benefit from state aid. West Ham, Liverpool and Manchester City have paved the way in terms of stadia deals that have been supported by greater or lesser amounts from tax payers money; now Everton have been promised part of the cash that English […]

And so for the fifth time in four seasons I’ve bought a Wembley ticket – and without airmiles

By Tony Attwood

There’s been a bit a bit of a fuss about FA Cup semi-final tickets as Emirates Airlines are offering tickets for the semi-finals and final at Wembley in exchange for 15,000 air miles. Given that I fly from time to time to Australia to see my daughter and have used Emirates on […]

Xhaka: “I was made to look like a mindless idiot”. The player the English media won’t ever let you see.

By Tony Attwood

Granit Xhaka has given an interesting interview to the Swiss newspaper, “24 hours“, the title of which translates into Xhaka: “I was made to look like a mindless idiot”

In the article Granit is called “The heart of the Swiss team” and it notes that Granit “has been very much criticised […]

Journalists seek to up their game by removing the next Arsenal manager before he starts

Reporting by Billy the Dog McGraw

Academic background and local colour by Blacksheep.

He may not have arrived yet and the rumours of who he is going to sign may not even have had the chance to be proven completely wrong, but surely we have had enough of Alex Next-Bloke, the man who followed Arsene […]

A time for change?

By Zuruvi

Change is often good. Change is sometimes bad. Change can bring new excitement. Change can bring great despair. Change (like taxes and death) is a constant feature in our lives. What can change bring to Arsenal?

Arsene Wenger has stated that Top 4 is NOT Arsenal’s target. He stated at the beginning of […]

Arsenal and the broken telephone: the perfect example of non-debate

By Tony Attwood

Yesterday evening, working through the multiplicity of comments that had come into the site, I spotted one in particular which seemed to me to be a perfect case of “that sums it all up” as they say before each game.

The writer in question picked up on Walter’s comment about referees, and […]

I will not join the lynch mob

By Walter Broeckx

Some nine years ago Tony started Untold Arsenal. One of the main reasons then was that he was getting sick of all the abuse aimed at Wenger. We were 2008. Hardly 4 years after the Invincibles. Hardly two years after Arsenal being beaten in the CL final when they had to play […]