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Arsenal v Brighton, the teams who’s injured and who deserves a rest

By Bulldog Drummond

A sunday noon kick off means there won’t be time for me to do the usual chit chat in the morning, what with having to get up and get to the meeting point for us all to drive from Northants to London (allowing time for the chaos that now seems to be […]

Arsenal v Brighton and HA. 1 October – The Match Officials: could be a lot worse

by Andrew Crawshaw

Our last two games, WBA in the League and BATE in the Europa League show that we are still on the wrong end of more decisions than we get in our favour. Last weekend Mr Madley had four penalty decisions to make and only managed to get one of them right and […]

Arsenal v Brighton & HA, and the champions of the long ball game.

by Bulldog Drummond

There have been 15 games between Arsenal and Brighton dating back to January 1935 when Arsenal won in the FA Cup. At the start of that month Arsenal were third. During the course of the month Arsenal played five games (two in the Cup, three in the League) and ended the month […]

Wilshere’s contract, Man City injury crisis, stupid and unfair ticket allocation, Russian racism.

By Sir Hardly Anyone

A quick round up of what’s being said and considered and contemplated and basically just made up in the world of footie. Here we go.

“Do I see myself staying? Of course I do,” said Jack Wilshere after his performance against BATE. “I have always been at Arsenal, I love this […]

Keeping the momentum while developing the production: the Arsenal Way

By Tony Attwood

It is not impossible, but it is quite rare for a club to go through a whole season without a bad run. Most of the time, for most clubs, the aim is not so much never to have a blip, but rather to come out of it as fast as possible.

Arsenal’s […]

Good win, excellent kiddies, weird sprouts. Arsenal’s reserves and youngsters beat BATE

By Tony Attwood

It’s been a long ol’ time since I watched Beetee Sprout doing a football show, and it took Martin Keown to point out what a reserve team Arsenal put out, and then made the point about what an amazing player Reiss Nelson is. He’s 17. Who needs Mbappe?

But we could also […]

ФК БАТЭ Барысаў (Bate) v Arsenal: the selections of who actually got on the plane and who didn’t.

by Bulldog Drummond

Since the plane has taken off, and indeed landed in foreign parts, we can now be fairly sure that Alexis Sánchez, Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette, Laurent Koscielny, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech were apparently not seen at the airport!

But not that sure, as will perhaps become apparent […]

Leaving games early – are these figures right, and a look at BATE and injuries.

By Tony Attwood

There is a bit of research doing the rounds from an organisation called “Voucherbox” (which seems to have something to do with the Vouchers you get from people like Virgin) which even on the face of it looks so bizarre as to be unbelievable. Yet they want us to believe it straight […]

Squad Values in the Europa League. Arsenal are big players in a modest pool

by Andrew Crawshaw

I thought I would look at the squad values of the clubs in the Europa League just to see how big the differences are between Arsenal (most valuable) and the others

Arsenal are in group H along with FC Köln, bate Borisov and Red Star Belgrade. Using the figures from Transfermarket.com to […]

Bayern, PSG and the FA implicated in continuing deaths of construction workers in Qatar

By Tony Attwood

By and large criticism of Fifa, like criticism of the FA, is limited England. Fifa is outrageous, corrupt and disgraceful at every level and in every regard, and most people seem to recognise this, but the issue is put in a box, carefully kept aside from the fact that English players go […]

How are BATE doing, their legal battle with Ipswich and who are we going to put out against them

By Dr Billy “the Dog” McGraw

To start with the name, the obvious point of course is that BATE is of course ФК БАТЭ Барысаў – I’m glad we’ve got that sorted. Although also it must be admitted that BATE is an acronym of Borisov Automobile and Tractor Electronics. I gather there has been a […]

Everything you didn’t know about BATE and probably want to keep it that way

By Tony Attwood

You know the joke about the Greek league and how Olympiacos have won it seven times in a row and ten times in the last 11 seasons (Panathinaikos getting in the way just once).

Well that’s nothing. At least nothing when compared with Belarus. Here’s their list of champions in recent years

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Arsenal Women v Birmingham, 23 September. The most satisfying of goals.

by Andrew Crawshaw

There is something supremely satisfying about a 90th minute goal to win a match, particularly when the opposition have been wasting time throughout the second half.

Arsenal started their WSL season with a hard fought win against a side that always seem to cause us problems. On a sunny afternoon at Borehamwood […]

Has the refereeing tied turned, or was it all a set of random events after all?

By Tony Attwood

Given the history of Pulis the manager his suggestions that his team are “too honest” does not bode well for the clubs that have yet to play WBA.

So the questions arise:

Can you actually be too honest? Has the momentum of strange refereeing decisions changed in Arsenal’s favour? Does it matter […]

Arsenal v West Bostin Albion: the teams and a guide to the language

By Bulldog Drummond

First off, our regular review of the supporters of the clubs we play. Today, of course, WBA.West Bromwich Albion supporters are now something of a case unto themselves.

Upon meeting they may say, “You see the Albion yesterday?”

To which the reply is, “Bostin!”

Arsenal v WBA Monday 25 September 2017 – The Match Officials. Sometimes brilliant, sometimes awful

by Andrew Crawshaw

Just a quick one this week – our officials for tonight’s gamet are :-

Referee – Robert (Bobby) Madley – age 30 from West Yorkshire and FIFA Accredited Assistant Referee 1 – Lee Betts, From Norfolk and FIFA Accredited Assistant Referee 2 – Marc Perry – from the West Midlands Fourth Official […]

Arsenal v WBA. Men down, and how many Arsenal games Gibbs missed through injury

By Bulldog Drummond

And this is what we were told about: the fixture congestion of the Europa League. In this case it is Monday, Thursday, Sunday, although the Monday game is caused by TV, not the Europa.

How are we taking it? Well, we’ve shot up to fourth in the injury league, although to be […]

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion; they don’t pass, they get few cards, they don’t win much at the Ems.

By Bulldog Drummond

What is it that marks out West Bromwich Albion from other clubs this season?

There are three factors that seem to make them special in the the Premier League. First the number of yellow cards. While Crystal Palace have picked up 15, West Ham 13 and Chelsea 12, WBA are lying 16th […]

A moment to pause and celebrate the contribution of Aaron Ramsey

By Tony Attwood

Aaron Ramsey has made 215 appearances for Arsenal. A lot of people believe that for £5m he was a sensational buy. There is talk of him being the complete central midfielder – a position a lot of players want to play in, but not so many get an absolute chance to […]

Over 100 PL players entered this season in the last year of their contract, with a total market value of £5bn

by Tony Attwood

First off I thought you would like to know that “Santi Cazorla is unlikely to be involved in first-team matters until the turn of next year.” That is from goal.com

Actually it would be rather worrying if he were involved in first-team matters this year since he is not listed in the […]

On She Wore’s “Stop getting easily offended at the football”

 

By Sifarzone

It pains me to write an article positing an opinion opposite to She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. Although I cannot remember the specific authors, my impression of She Wore is that the articles are generally well written, well-meaning and mostly pro-Arsenal.

However, the recent publication of the article “Stop getting easily offended […]

Arsenal could have won the League… but they didn’t

by Tony Attwood

I do on occasion wonder if the mainstream media ever have a peek at what Untold is saying. It’s not a constant question in my life, but just occasionally when we run a long term campaign, and then suddenly we find that someone in a newspaper writes about the same issue, and […]

Arsenal’s new signing, worst signing, dumbest race, and best article not on Untold

by Sir Hardly Anyone

So we have given in. Bonkers news, and football transfers are now an all the year racket, and it is not as if someone has stolen the ball. (Ball / racket geddit?) Because amazingly we have apparently just made a signing. And a really weird one it is. And I want […]

Will the power in European football shift soon as a result of Catalan independence?

By Walter Broeckx

Having just returned from my holiday in Spain/Catalonia I think we might be at a turning point not just in geography but also maybe in the football world.

First I have to say that when Barcelona got Cesc I vowed to never go back to Catalonia as long as they had him. […]

The problem with Wenger’s selection policy is that there are invisible forces at work

By Tony Attwood

“ARSENAL FANS ANGRY WITH WENGER’S DECISION MAKING”

So screamed one bloggetta headline, with the writer, in my humble opinion, utterly missing the whole point of what was going on.

Mind you, so did several people who complained that Jack Wilshere got tired and wasn’t up to much in the latter stages.

What […]