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Referees go wild on red cards, Jack sent off, but somehow the media miss the statistics.

By Tony Attwood

There are two types of football supporter Type A and Type B. And two types of manager, Type A and Type B. Oddly there is only one type of football journalist. Type Zzzzz.

Type A people know by looking. You just have to look at Arsenal to know that you they have […]

The Arsenal first team squad members who are under 21: the updated report

by Andrew Crawshaw

Following the widely reported promotions to the Arsenal First Team Squad here is a breakdown of the players we are likely to see more of as the season progresses. I have listed them in order of their birthdates.

Cohen Bramall – 2 April 1996 (not 1995 as the official Arsenal web site […]

Changing to Wembley and moving to the Ems hurt Arsenal. So how did Tottenham do?

By Tony Attwood

During the summer we debated the decision of Tottenham to play their home games at Wembley this season – an obvious topic for us as Arsenal tried out a similar venture with their Champions League games across two seasons.

For Arsenal the experiment was pretty much a failure – I’ve never spoken […]

Passengers of the beautiful game….

Passengers of the beautiful game….

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“Uwot?

18/08/2017 at 2:06 pm

Listen to pundits? Never have,never will son.just beleive what my eyes tell me & if you don’t’ think ” ozil” is a passenger most of the time(.that is certainly when the going gets tough.)i suggest you save yourself a lot of […]

The aftermath of Stoke: kill the cat or take on the world.

by Tony Attwood

Some things change, some don’t. That of course is how it goes. Mr Wenger’s criticism of Granit Xhaka was unusual for him – and in not staying positive the manager has distanced himself from the standard line of Arsenal managers through the ages. I can well remember the joke we had about […]

Stoke – Arsenal : 1-0 the PGMO back to normal already

By Walter Broeckx

Arsenal starting line up: Cech, Mustafi, Monreal, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Xhaka, Özil, Welbeck, Lacazette

On the beach: Ospina, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi, Walcott, Giroud

A first chance for Stoke when they break but Cech rushes off his line to smother the effort. Meanwhile it is clear that Bellerin plays on the […]

Which squad has the most Champs Lge winners? Yep – the thugs are playing Arsenal.

by Bulldog Drummond.

Now this is something I did not know: “Stoke City’s recruitment of Jesé Rodríguez on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain means Mark Hughes now has five Champions League winners in his squad, more than any other Premier League club.”

Goodness me, that puts the Champions League in a new light.

Anyway, […]

The Evil Empire of the Pots vs Arsenal

By Bulldog Drummond

According to today’s media Sea Kolasinac is the strongest player Arsene Wenger has in his squad, and perhaps the strongest player he has ever worked with. Which must make him good at playing wugger or whatever that game is called that they play in the Potteries.

So they immediately dig up […]

Stoke v Arsenal: team news, just how awful is our defence and some historic videos

 

By Bulldog Drummond

First off, Ladbrokes are sponsoring Arsenal Fan TV. If you have any thoughts that perhaps Arsenal Fan TV is not something that you like, and you fancy a bet, you might care to avoid Ladbrokes. Totally up to you of course, but just a thought.

Moving on Untold Arsenal confirmed this […]

Stoke v Arsenal Saturday 19 August – The Match Officials: will the improvement continue?

by Andrew Crawshaw

Well last week’s game was a fairly pleasant surprise – a game with Mike Dean in charge and at the end of the match we weren’t all fuming about him having totally screwed us over.

Of course some of the pundits were incensed about what they saw as a handball by Özil, […]

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 […]