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Arsenal need not fear Atletico Madrid

Arsenal need not fear Atletico Madrid

 

As the only remaining chance of silverware this season for Arsenal, it goes without saying that the Europa League semi-final tie against Atletico Madrid will be absolutely crucial. For Arsene Wenger and the team, these are two games that might completely change how the 2017-18 campaign is viewed. […]

Has the successful anti-Wenger movement now made Arsenal unmanageable?

By Sir Hardly Anyone

So now we see what we get when the wild and whacky world of journalists, bloggers, pundits the AST and ArsenalTVNews get their way, and the manager goes. Maybe it will all run smoothly. Maybe Arsenal already have a new manager in place. Maybe it is not Brendon Rodgers. Maybe […]

So what will the next manager do?

By Tony Attwood

One newspaper headline today is “Arsenal need a realist who will get rid of half of the squad”.

I am not at all sure that this is the case, but I wonder if those who have called for Mr Wenger’s departure are already evolving their position.

The argument I have had tried […]

What the newspapers and others are saying about Mr Wenger

by Tony Attwood

There is an article in the Telegraph that runs this headline

“Arsene Wenger won three FA Cups in twilight of his Arsenal reign, yet Spurs are lauded for a top-four finish.”

It is indeed an interesting perspective, especially if we compare the last five years

From 2012/13 to 2015/16 Tottenham entered […]

Untold Arsenal’s Emirates banner featured on Match of the Day and record equalled

By Tony Attwood

The opening sequences of Arsenal v West Ham on BBC TV’s “Match of the Day” yesterday evening included a held shot of the Untold Arsenal “Football should be an Art” banner which has been at the Clock End for several years following donations made by a number of supporters of this site.

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Arsenal v West Ham. The past matches, the injuries, the teams and scoring 3+ at home

by Bulldog Drummond

Arsenal have beaten West Ham, many more times than they have beaten us, as you might imagine. We’ve won 64, they’ve won 34 and there have been 39 draws.

In the Leslie Knighton era – the time which he reported in his autobiography that he was giving drugs to his Arsenal team […]

Arsenal v West Ham. Arsenal at home look very solid, WHAM away less so.

By Bulldog Drummond

Such is the level of, well not exactly debate but general commentary, on Arsene Wenger’s decision to leave that it is difficult to focus on the West Ham game. One thing I would add personally was that I thought that amidst all the snide remarks and put downs that came pouring out […]

“He turned football into an art.” Ivan Gazidis notes the Untold banner

By Tony Attwood

It is interesting when following an unexpected event, to see how long it takes for the mainstream media to come in with one of their conspiracy theories – which is to say, an explanation for events for which there is no evidence at all, and which requires quite a stretch of […]

Arsenal v West Ham Sunday 22 April, The Match Officials: A very poor ref even on a good day

by Andrew Crawshaw

Before I go on to look at our match officials, I would like to put on record my personal appreciation for Arsène Wenger. We have been incredibly lucky and priveliged to have had him at our club and I don’t think that we are ever likely to see his equal.

Now on […]

Thank you Mr. Wenger

By Walter Broeckx

As if it was meant to be. This Sunday I will be going to London to see The Arsenal play in the stadium called Emirates Stadium. My wife will be there with me. As she has done in the past seasons since I gave her the Arsenal experience for the first time […]

And so the world moves on….

By Tony Attwood

The simplest way to measure a manager’s success or failure is by the number of trophies won – Arsène Wenger won 10. More than anyone else at Arsenal. But then of course he many many more years to do that in than other managers. So maybe we should measure his win percentage […]

Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal at end of the season

 

“After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years. I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

“I […]

How the Premier League has worked to restrict commentaries they don’t like

by Tony Attwood

Managers, TV commentators and newspaper journalists don’t talk about PGMO, the referees organisation, just as they are mostly restrained in talking about individual referees, the organisation of the Premier League, Fifa, Uefa and the like.

It has not always been like that but the big time restriction on who can say […]

How do our attendance numbers compare with those when George Graham won the league?

By Tony Attwood

There seems to be a lot of people getting involved in discussing the issue of empty seats at the Ems, but seemingly not wanting to discuss one of the key components: the context. And when an element is missing from a debate I always start to wonder “why?”

One issue […]

Santi Cazorla might well come back to play again

by Tony Attwood

This is hardly “Untold” news, as you may well have seen it, but just in case not, the story is that Santi Cazorla’s footballing career might not be over.

Arsène Wenger has made a statement to the effect that following a continuation of his rehabilitation period through the summer Santi might be […]

Seven players we’re buying and two managers to lead us: Today’s tips from the pundits

by Sir Hardly Anyone

With a 97% failure rate across each of the last two summers the general feeling among pundits is that since they can hardly do any worse than before, and since apparently people still read what they are saying, they might as well keep going.

So here’s this morning’s list, most or […]

I support Arsenal. I am not about to treat them as a restaurant.

By Tony Attwood

A comment from Stefan Melzak really set me pondering, and although I replied to it I thought I would add a few further views.

Stefan Melzak wrote

“According to your logic, if you went into a reputable restaurant, ordered a steak and received a plate of burnt gristle, you would not complain, […]

Premier League heads for Winter Break and Man C win appeal in kangaroo court

by Tony Attwood

Two news items appearing today of wider interest: the advent of a winter break in the Premier League, and the fact that after the longest running case in the history of the Court of Arbitration in Sport, Manchester City have been allowed to sign their 16 year old. (Or at least he […]

A stunning Arsenal weekend for the Women, U23s and U18s

by Andrew Crawshaw

For our Women, U23s and U18s it has been an excellent weekend – unlike our Men’s first team.

Women’s FA Cup semi final – Everton v Arsenal Sunday 15 April. This match was played at the Marine Travel Stadium, home to non-league Marine FC. The ground is in Crosby, Liverpool and, for […]

Just another day at the office. The referee’s view.

by Don McMahon

I recently read a BBC report about a lower league referee who had been assaulted by an enraged player twice during his soon to be terminated career. Here is the URL for those interested in reading this story: www.bbc.com/sport/football/43736236.

The motive for me to write about this unfortunate referee is to highlight, […]

Maybe FFP isn’t dead after all: and maybe the Court of Arbitration is finally stirring

by Tony Attwood

It has taken a long time to get there, but Uefa has let it be known that Paris Saint-Germain is still under investigation for breaches of the financial fair play rules that some of us had assumed had been buried in a box marked “don’t open under any circumstances or the rich […]

No excuses left; claiming this is the worst of times is just damaging our club.

By Tony Attwood

The attacks continue. Here’s one recently published on a blog…

“I have been watching Arsenal since I was nine years old and I am 61 now. I have been going since long before England won the World Cup and been a season ticket holder for over 40 years. I have witnessed the […]

World Cup insanity, Fifa take our suggestion (only a bit late) and no VAR in England

 

By Tony Attwood

English football is once more going its own way. While most of the mainstream of football in Europe adopts VAR, we don’t. While most of the mainstream of football in Europe puts as much distance between itself and the model of refereeing that led to the Calciopoli scandal, English football […]

All the 56 players Arsenal are signing this summer and blog goes berserk in attacking players

By Sir Hardly Anyone

The season is still running, the transfer window is still securely shuttered and bolted, but the list of players joining Arsenal has already reached 56. One wonders if, just as the Stone Age came to an end because primitive man ran out of stones, so the Age of the Transfer […]

Newcastle – Arsenal 2-1

By Walter Broeckx

Arsenal team : Cech, Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal, Xhaka, Elneny, Willock, Iwobi, Lacazette, Aubameyang

On the beach: Ospina, Mertesacker, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Nelson, Welbeck, Nketiah

So a first PL start for the young Willock. And som important players like Özil and Ramsey getting some good rest. Further no Bellerin and Koscielny in the […]