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The five factors that reveal there’s something very wrong with football (and Arsenal)

By Tony Attwood

This little piece contains brief details about five things that I think are indeed wrong with football, but which most people in the media seem to find ok – except when it involves knocking Arsenal of course.

1: Drugs in football? Who cares?

Drugs testing is treated as irrelevant nonsense in […]

The strange history of the Arsenal Debenture Bonds, and how they operate today

By Ian Brookes

Towards the back end of the 1990/91 season Arsenal announced the launch of a new Debenture Bond scheme. The idea of the scheme was to assist in the funding of the development of the North Bank following the Taylor Report post Hillsborough.

The Bonds were known as “A” and “B”. An A […]

Dramatic change in approach to transfers appears to be affecting the market

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Seven Transfers Arsenal are said to be involved in, and the changes noticed in the pre-transfer talk.

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By Sir Hardly Anyone

The notion of a transfer index which charts all the players said by the media to be coming to or going from Arsenal, was of course set up to show […]

Arsenal – Sevilla : 1-2

By Walter Broeckx

Arsenal starting lineup: Cech, Koscielny, Elneny, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Willock, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette

Koscielny with a header after a corner but the Sevilla keeper can stop it from going over the line. Sevilla counter and Arsenal defenders have to be alert to cut out a possible dangerous shot. A good infiltration […]

“Your job is built on mistrust”: Wenger speaks to the media. Plus Arsenal v Sevilla line up.

by Bulldog Drummond

Interviewed by the national media about Alexis being ill and being allowed to stay a little longer in Chile Arsène Wenger had a very clear message for the media. “Your job is built on mistrust and my job is built on trust. That’s why I prefer my side.” Some of the media […]

Arsenal v Benfica: this is exactly how football on TV should work. And how Arsenal should work

Arsenal 5 Benfica 2.

By Tony Attwood

In the UK the Arsenal v Benfica match was shown on Quest – a TV channel I have not previously associated with football. Or come to that anything. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever watched it before.

But what a stunning revolution it was. No pundits full […]

Arsenal v Benfica, the teams, the options, the future, and the bits we made up

By Bulldog Drummond

Trying to get the teams right is tough enough at the best of times, and Blacksheep (whose phone always seems to get the teams before anyone else in the pub before the match) does take special delight in the way that the Untold team predictor service is somewhat less viable as a […]

Bayern describe transfer market as madness and say they don’t want to join in.

By Tony Attwood

While the media in Britain has occasionally hinted that maybe all is not well, most of the time they seem to be enjoying the hyper-inflation of transfer fees that is going on.

But the public in Germany are now being told that Bayern Munich will not participate in the current “madness” of […]

Ridiculing one, praising another. How the media treat Arsenal and Tottenham over building a stadium.

By Walter Broeckx

Ever since the stadium move around 2006 we had a bit of an argument amongst supporters about spending money.

The fact that around that period Chelsea first was spending money as if there is no tomorrow and then were followed by Manchester City a few years later, made it all more difficult.

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Injury updates, who’s in favour, Alexis is ill, Elneny’s position, last night’s victory

By Tony Attwood

The latest from the source, (which is to say Arsenal) is that Gabriel is still a few weeks away from returning to training, Jack Wilshere is much closer to returning , there’s no date for Santi yet but he is “getting better every day”, and no one else is injured.

Except that […]

Alexis wants pay cut to force move; Bale coming to Arsenal; tonight’s team news

by Sir Hardly Anyone.

For the first time ever I have seen a bloggetta run a transfer rumour with the headline “Nobody believes it”. The source is Talkingbaws – which is a new one on me – and it runs like this. Real Mad are going to buy Kylian Mbappé, just to show that they […]

What makes a pitch worth ‘a million dollars’? Arsenal’s deal secures its second stadium.

by Andrew Crawshaw

The ‘million dollar’ quote is from the Borehamwood FC Chairman following the completion of the installation of the ‘Desso’ pitch at the ground Arsenal will be using for its PL2 and Ladies fixtures for at least the next 10 years.

In this article, as a preview to both the opening of the […]

Has Arsenal come to a dead stop in terms of transfers: indeed has everyone else?

By Sir Hardly Anyone

It is as if someone in football has read my name and instead of seeing it as, well, not to put too fine a point on it, my name, they have taken it as what they should be doing in terms of signing players. And in fact in the past week […]

Borehamwood v Arsenal – Thursday 27 July pre-season friendly preview

by Andrew Crawshaw

The annual pre-season friendly match between (non-league) Borehamwood FC and Arsenal takes place on Thursday evening with a 19:30 kick-off.

It is expected that the Arsenal team will comprise a mixture of U18 and U23 players, but with the Emirates Cup matches at the weekend, I suspect the team sheet will probably […]

Fans are being duped day after day. What they discuss in Europe but never in the UK.

by Tony Attwood

OK, if you have been paying attention you’ll know that over the last couple of days we’ve been exploring the British press and the way in which when it comes to football it has embraced fake news as real.

Part of my argument is that this effect is achieved in three ways:

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How Uefa is being directly challenged by PSG and Qatar, and what might happen next.

By Tony Attwood

According to the Sun, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona both call surprise press conference half hour apart as Neymar’s £195m switch to PSG. Of course the chances are that this is typical Fake News from the Sun, the Express and the other media outlets. But even so, the huge transfers going […]

The one-liners that are killing football: what journalists say about Arsenal and others

 

By Tony Attwood

Try this headline for size

Preseason shows Arsenal committed to back three but need attack options

Now this pre-season involved travelling around the world, playing in ludicrous humidity, food poisoning, and our top scorer from last season not present, plus a match in which the authorities refused (for a […]

Beyond the media; how to take back football from those who tell us how to think.

By Tony Attwood

Untold is unremittingly critical of the way TV, radio, newspapers, websites and blogs report football. You’ll know that.

I’m personally very critical of the Guardian, because it gets much of the rest of its work on its blog and its printed editions right. And some of its football reporting is good too, […]

How You Tube has destroyed all sensible football debate

By Walter Broeckx

Now is everything. That is how things look in this world. I think this is what we could call modern times as it is more and more the norm in society. But in football this is really rising to ridiculous heights.

Because of my interest in Arsenal and football in general, if […]

Arsenal shortlist for the final signing of the season, and high praise from the Guardian!

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Before I go on, you might recall our little commentary about a story in the Metro about players Mr Wenger said he wasn’t selling, and then sold. Well, it has cropped up again on Sportskeeda – only to ensure that they are not doing for breaching copyright in the original article, […]

Daily Telegraph reveals the true cost of injuries … or maybe not.

by Tony Attwood

Arsenal, as we all know, get the most injuries of any club playing in the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy. We know this because S Robson esquire and a guy who once coached Wales have told us over and over and over again.

Now we are about to find out […]

Did Wenger really promise that Henry would not leave, and then sell him?

by Tony Attwood

There is an article in the Metro which is drawing a lot of attention. It opens…

“As rumours continue to swirl surrounding Alexis Sanchez’s future, Arsene Wenger has been very clear that the Chilean [Alexis] is not for sale. But there’s a problem. He has taken that stance on countless occasions in […]

The five things we have learned about this season’s reporting of Arsenal, so far

By Tony Attwood

We’ve now had four games in which Arsenal have been involved, which is enough time to give us an idea as to where the journalists are going to take the issue of Arsenal on TV, in the newspapers, and in the various bloggettas that newspapers have now set up to try and […]

Arsenal have two players out on loan opposed to Chelsea’s 13. Why the different approach?

by Tony Attwood

Arsenal now have two players out on loan with Marc Bola having gone to Bristol Rovers following the announcement of Takuma Asano’s continuation at Stuttgart.

In terms of number of loans out Chelsea are in a league of their own. They already have 13 players out on loan already, and may beat […]

Arsenal – Chelsea: 0-3

By Walter Broeckx

Arsenal : Ospina, Maitland-Niles, Mertesacker, Monreal, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Xhaka, Bramall, Ozil, Iwobi, Lacazette Arsenal substitutes: Martinez, Bielik, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Coquelin, Elneny, Nelson, Malen, Nketiah, Giroud, Welbeck

Chelsea with a long ball and as Maitland-Niles is beaten Per has to stretch out one of his long legs to prevent further danger. Chelsea with […]