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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 […]

Newcastle v Arsenal. The conundrum, our worst away run and a team

By Bulldog Drummond

The prime issue in selecting the team for today is going to be avoiding picking players who will not be able to give of their best because of the early morning return on Friday from Russia. You may recall that because of the demands of BT Sport, the match ended in the […]

Newcastle v Arsenal. Injury news, and the history between the clubs

By Bulldog Drummond

Not much news on the injury front

Player What’s up When he retuns This weekend? G Xhaka Illness April 15, 2018 Slight Doubt H Mkhitaryan MCL Knee Ligament Injury April 29, 2018 No D Ospina Ankle Injury April 29, 2018 No A Maitland-Niles Muscular Injury April 15, 2018 Major Doubt S Cazorla […]

Newcastle v Arsenal. Arsenal are crumbling… or maybe they are not.

by Bulldog Drummond

It is interesting to note that the only time Arsenal were actually ever behind CSKA Moscow was in the first leg when CSKA equalised and thus were technically ahead on the away goals rule.

When Arsenal went 2-0 down in the second match, and thus were ahead 4-3, and so as the […]

Bias figures beyond belief. Newcastle v Arsenal Sunday 15 April 2018 – The Match Officials

 

by Andrew Crawshaw

Before I start thinking about our Men’s match on Saturday a quick reminder that our Ladies have their FA Cup semi-final against Everton with a 12:30 kickoff on Sunday. That match is being covered by the BBC and is available via their Red Button.

I’m sorry about the clash in […]

Fifa are considering banning loans as they target Chelsea and Juventus

By Tony Attwood

It is something that is peculiar to football. Loan out a player who isn’t getting much game time with you, in order to relaunch his career. And why not? Arsenal do it, both with youngsters that they nurture and with players that are unable to get a work permit. And that latter […]

Atlético ain’t that good, treating the Tots like Arsenal, and the Europa ain’t that bad

by Tony Attwood

As I was bemoaning the fact that we will play Atlético Madrid in the semi-finals of the Europa League Blacksheep (whose birthday it is today, and since he splashed my last birthday all over Untold, I shall say happy birthday here although without mentioning his age – a privilege he singularly faileed […]

It’s Marseille, Leipzig or Red Bull Salzburg, and Mo Elneny is nowhere near good enough

By Tony Attwood

According to a number of reports on last night’s game Arsenal were out and just sneaked back in.

It is quite hard to collate that with winning 6-3 overall, but that is the way it was presented on Radio 5. It was a curious point: somehow Arsenal were out, and only by […]

EL: CSKA Moscow – Arsenal : 2-2

By Walter Broeckx

Team at the start: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette

Beach: Macey, Chambers, Holding, Mertesacker, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Nketiah

A rather slow start from both teams with both teams not really being fluent. Arsenal not committing themselves going forward and Moscow not really causing any real danger. The […]

Teams and injuries: how Arsenal will line up tonight and when the injured will return

By Bulldog Drummond

As so the final episode in our little series about Arsenal v CSKA Moscow. Here is the injury top ten, and yes shock horror we have gone up the table to 7th according to Physioroom.

Pos Club Total men gone Last man down What he done 1 West Ham United 8 A […]