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What happened to the Grenfell Tower money collected from the Community Shield match?

By Tony Attwood

Let me admit from the off that in answer to that question, I don’t know. But I think I ought to be able to find out. And I ought to be able to find out when the families who suffered as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire got their money. Not […]

The Arsenal 25 man Senior Squad – where are we now?

Facts by Andrew Crawshaw

Wild speculation by Tony Attwood

First, Andrew’s section:

As I write this (lunchtime on Thursday) we currently have 34 players over the age of 21 who are vying for inclusion in our 25 man senior squad which has to be named on 1st September. All but four are currently listed as […]

Are Premier League teams really so bad in defence as the media suggest?

By Tony Attwood

“Why are so many Premier League teams so bad in defence?”

You’ll know, if you have read my meanderings across the years, that I rather like evidence. Not “The evidence of my own eyes” but actual numbers. So when someone rages in a bloggetta that “Xhaka is clearly not up to standard, […]

The key questions facing Premier League clubs this season, plus the transfers so far for the top 10 clubs.

By Tony Attwood

We’ve been trying to keep tabs on all the transfers that have gone through this summer involving the top ten clubs from last season buying players in. The latest table is below.

In terms of the number of new players coming in the table reads

Everton: 13 Manchester City 6: Chelsea: 5 […]

The 89 players now tipped to be joining Arsenal this summer. The Index vol 9.

By Tony Attwood

There is no doubt things have stalled. The number of new players and new rumours in the last week has been virtually nothing – all we have had is the rehashing of the same old same old. It is by and large a pretty poor show. We’re only on 89 and we […]

Arsenal’s Opener: The good, the bad and the unpredictable.

By Don McMahon

Once I had digested the entirety of the Arsenal Leicester game, I decided to write a review based on wearing two hats; a referee’s viewpoint and a certified coaches’ viewpoint, so here goes. I will describe or break down the key elements of the game as follows:

Team lineup, Fitness levels, Tactical […]

Dramatic Arsenal transfer news as all credibility flies out of the window and Jack needs more surgery

By Sir Hardly Anyone

It is really important to stay in touch with the bloggettas these days so that we know exactly where we are. Football London for example today tells us that

The end of August is edging ever closer –

You can just imagine the panic in and around the training grounds of […]

Arsenal Under 23s win and make the season’s team options a little clearer

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal under 23s went two down to Derby County, and then came back to win 3-2. That’s rather gratifying but the basic fact hides a few other interesting details.

For a start, Nelson scored two – carrying on where he left off last season when he scored in the home draw […]

Football’s biggest drugs related case explodes but of course, it couldn’t happen here, because…

By Tony Attwood

FC Barcelona’s former defender, Rafael Márquez – the man known as “Emperor of Michoacán” is a national hero in Mexico. And a pretty big hero to Barcelona. But now the US authorities are investigating him.

And they are doing this for one simple reason: Márquez is said to have been involved in […]

Footballers are taking performance enhancing drugs. So why are the FAs, Uefa and Fifa are covering it up.

By Tony Attwood

Der Spiegel is a German weekly news magazine published in Hamburg. It is one of Europe’s largest publications of its kind, with a weekly circulation of 840,000.

And on March 18 this year they wrote:

It is often said that taking performance enhancing drugs makes no sense for soccer players. Then why […]

Journalists still working hard to ensure that football ignores the drugs cheat threat

By Tony Attwood

Oliver Holt in the Mail got rather exercised this week claiming,

“The seven minutes and 16 seconds encounter with Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman shows athletics has lost its drugs battle”

His sub editor then gave us some headlines…

A journalist asked Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman why […]

Arsenal losing players as Wenger induced chaos has the right result and Chelsea sell everyone.

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Just as I think I can have a few days off on a Kroneke hunt across the wild plains of Lower Rutland and along comes the Daily Express telling us that all hell is going to break loose on the transfer front.

Consider this for example: “Chelsea are keen […]

Why are Arsenal so wasteful in front of goal, and really, does it matter?

By Tony Attwood

The theme is that Arsenal do everything wrong. We buy our players far too late in the transfer window because Wenger can’t make up his mind and so dithers. Except maybe Chelsea are dithering a bit more and Tottenham have dithered so much they haven’t bought anyone.

And here’s another: we are […]

Would Arsenal have won, Chelsea have lost and Liverpool only drawn a year ago?

By Tony Attwood

We won the opening game – which is all you can ask – although we also did it with a very exciting match which is a nice bonus.

But watching the Chelsea defeat to Burnley I began to wonder as the game went on, whether the result would have been possible a […]

Sky Sports writers have found the easiest way ever to con their employer with fake transfer news

By Sir Hardly Anyone

I have been wondering if we ought not to have a “Laugh of the Week” slot, although as others then point out, what makes people laugh in my country mansion in Rutland might not be the same as in the Toppled Bollard, the Corby pub which the rest of the Untold […]

Funny moment on Sky Sport debating Chelsea takes the media spotlight off us for once

by Sir Hardly Anyone (divorced)

They were talking about something being wrong at Chelsea on Sky before the games this afternoon and the chair (Geoff) asked what it (the situation at Chelsea) was about, and they all sat their shaking their heads. And that was before today’s match.

Oh dear.

Let me explain. The chairman […]

How sad are the commentators, utterly unable to understand the sheer joy of last night

By Tony Attwood

One of the great things about the start of each season is the doing of it all over again. The journey in the car with my pal from the Midlands on a Friday night (did anyone actually consider what the traffic is like on the M1 on a Friday night when deciding […]

Arsenal – Leicester : 4-3

By Walter Broeckx

Per Mertesacker not fully recovered or risked with maybe the possibility to see his cut go open again so a change at the back. Monreal being the central defender and Kolasinac slotting in at the left central defence position. Özil also back in the starting line up. On the bench we had […]

Arsenal v Leicester: the injuries, the line ups, Leicester tactics, and more videos.

By Bulldog Drummond

Moving on from the first part of the preview of the Leicester game we might note that Craig Shakespeare said in July, “I’m not a fan of saying we have to get to the 40-point target – I think we have to aim higher than that.” So maybe they will try and […]

Arsenal v Leicester City: 6th vs 8th (according to the pundits), with added videos and scandal.

by Bulldog Drummond.

OK before we begin, Leicester at home can only mean one thing – the greatest ever match to have been at, which those of us who were there will never ever forget

Ah, the good ol’ days. More video footage anon, but first yes Arsenal are being tipped to end the […]

Ref Preview Arsenal – Leicester: yes it’s him

By Walter Broeckx

With Andrew not being around for the moment to write his pre-match referee preview I have taken the task to write about the man we all hate to see appear on an Arsenal pitch. Yes it is not only PL starting time. It is also…. Dean time.

Over the years I have […]

Selling Oxlade-Chamberlain could well be the biggest mistake Arsenal make

 

Arsenal are supposedly in the midst of a summer overhaul after manager Arsene Wenger penned his new two-year deal off the back of one of his worst seasons in the job.

After the controversial new deal was announced, signings and change were both promised. Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette have since arrived and look […]

The 37 Players being tipped to leave Arsenal in this transfer window

The 37 Players leaving Arsenal in this transfer window

By Sir Hardly Anyone

It is perhaps a little hard for journalists to remember (given that on average they have a mindspan similar to that of your garden pond goldfish), that throughout June and July the leading story of players who were leaving Arsenal was Hector […]

The nine things we have learned this pre-season

1: We are in danger of becoming mainstream.

In today’s Telegraph there is an article, “The Premier League’s 3pm blackout is misguided, it is time to show all Saturday games live on TV”.

That was one of the key reforms to the game Blacksheep, Walter and I drew up one day before a match – […]

Shock horror: Alexis sneezes proving he will leave. Oh and he’s injured too.

by Tony Attwood

Think back if you will, to August 2011 when Samir Nasri left Arsenal to go to Manchester City. He announced that he was moving for two reasons. One was because he was utterly fed up with the constant harping and criticism against Arsenal in the media. And because, he said, “Arsenal have […]