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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 […]

Arsenal Ladies 10 Tottenham Ladies 0; FA Cup fifth round – a good end to a bad week

by Andrew Crawshaw

As I said in my preview Spurs would have felt good at reaching this stage of the Ladies FA Cup having beaten Brighton (newly promoted to the WSL2) in the fourth round. Spurs currently play in the third tier of Ladies Football – the FA Women’s Premier League South against teams including […]

Referees’ organisation repeats its 98% accuracy claim: but how on earth do they get that figure?

By Tony Attwood

Since our two reviews of referee decisions across the first 160 Premier League games of this season, complete with the links to video evidence the PGMO (the highly secret organisation that runs refereeing using the approach that led to the Italian refereeing scandal of 2006) has been preparing to make a riposte.

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Arsenal and the broken phone. Welcome to the 12th round of 125 years of fighting.

By Tony Attwood

This is not the first time Arsenal has suffered from relentless attacks from the mass media, and the “broken phone” metaphor seems to be utterly apt for the regular fights that have beset Arsenal over the years. In fact it seems to happen every ten years or so, which in a way […]

“How do you beat a team who are better than you? – a lament to the passing of football.

by Andrew Crawshaw

This weekend I watched a football team who rely on playing football on the ground, with skillful players who know each other well and are normally free scoring be beaten by three goals to one by a team who in general were nowhere near so skillful.

How did this happen? […]

Arsenal and the broken phone: what happens next

by Blacksheep

Sitting here listening to Liverpool !! vs Citeh on the BBC whilst reading Untold reminds me that I’ve been trying to think of an article to write for the site weeks without inspiration.

March 20th, 2017 | Category: Arsenal stories | 33 comments

The biggest problem will only hit Arsenal after Mr Wenger leaves

by Tony Attwood

Perhaps the biggest problem for all single issue campaigns of the Wenger Out type is what they do after they have got their way. There is a second biggest problem, but I’ll come to that in a moment. I like to try and keep problems in an orderly queue.

The movement that […]

WBA – Arsenal 3-1

By Walter Broeckx

The Ox recovered from his injury that forced him off early against Lincoln and he remained in the team. No Özil however not on the bench as he had been reported to have a hamstring problem. A player that has recovered from his illness was Welbeck and he started in the team.

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WBA v Arsenal: would you support Arsenal if Pulis were made manager?

By Bulldog Drummond

The question on everyone’s lips is would you support Arsenal if Pulis were made manager?

Actually it isn’t on everyone’s lips as I just made that up. But I find it an interesting ponderable (a new word it seems, but I reckon there needs to be an opposite of imponderable.) Would I […]

Ten things to watch out for this weekend in the match at West Brom.

By Tony Attwood

Every weekend the journalists who have spent a little too much time in the saloon bar the night before and haven’t come up with a semi-decent invention to parade before the fake football news department of the paper for whom they work, generally slink away and cook up their “Ten things to […]