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The Football Reality: Seeing alternative possibilities always makes more sense.


By Dr Billy “the dog” McGraw, senior psychologist at the University College Hospital of the North Circular Road.

Forget Arsenal for a moment. Just think about winning the League. According to lots of supporters and a lot of people who make their money out of talking about football, argue that how one goes about […]

FA Cup final leaves Arsenal top of the list, but raises an intriguing question

by Tony Attwood

It was a slightly interesting cup final for those who like to mix a few facts in with the opinion. Chelsea have now won the FA Cup eight times since they were formed and immediately gained a place in the Football League in 1905 – so that is eight in 113 years. […]

Arsenal is full of people who really don’t want to be there, and there’s nothing I can do about it.

By Tony Attwood

I see that Arsenal Fan TV won an award at the Football Blogging Awards, which I suppose might just tell us something about where we are.

I suppose for me it is a bit like giving an advertising award to a company that make daily, “hello I believe you were involved in […]

The curious cases of match fixing in the world cup, Champs League, and, well, generally

By Tony Attwood

The one time Uefa president Michel Platini who is now formerly known as the “disgraced former president” as if most administrators of major football organisations are not still a disgrace, has recently admitted the draw for the World Cup in 1998 was fixed. He called it what translates roughly as “a […]

Mikel Arteta resigns as Arsenal manager

By Tony Attwood

In a move that has taken the football world by surprise Mikel Arteta has resigned as Arsenal manager only days before he (or possibly Thierry Henry) was due to be announced as the new manager.

In a statement the man who played 110 games for Arsenal said, “A certain expert football […]

Five great players, six great reserves and Arsenal win the league

By Tony Attwood

An interesting piece in the Telegraph today includes a review of Granit Xhaka which instead of just joining in the general “he’s rubbish get him out” actually looks, as we tried to do earlier this season, at his figures. Their commentary reads, “Divides opinion, doesn’t always track his runner and is […]

Arsenal are said to be trying to find new defenders. Why age could be an issue.

By Tony Attwood

You can’t read a transfer rumour about Arsenal without the issue of defenders coming up. One is retiring, one is out injured for the rest of the year and one (or is that two?) are useless. So we desperately need defenders by the shed load.

I’m not sure what the general opinion […]

Fifa aims for greater control of football with new summer club competition

by Tony Attwood

It was only a few weeks ago that Arsène Wenger suggested that a European Super League was on the way. In saying that he made the point that one way for the Premier League to respond might be to cut itself to 16 teams.

That would leave Manchester City as champions for […]

The 64 players who have been tipped to be coming to Arsenal in this summer’s window

By Sir Hardly Anyone

The news that is being splashed around is that Arteta will get the Arsenal manager job and will invite Santi Cazorla to be his assistant.

Meanwhile the ever knowledgeable Arsenal Youth website gives us a list of the youngsters likely to be let go. These includes

Aaron Eyoma Chiori Johnson, Jay […]

How you can be a football “expert” just like everyone else.

By Tony Attwood

It was way back in 1966 that the defining research into being an “expert” was conducted. Not in football but generally. What does it take to make someone an expert in a particular field?

Since the media love phrases like “our panel of experts” and “our chief football correspondent” (which implies expertise), […]

Lacazette Can Use Arsenal Form to Fire France to World Cup Glory

Lacazette Can Use Arsenal Form to Fire France to World Cup Glory


“Alexander Lacazette” by Chelsea Debs (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The World Cup this summer will feature many Arsenal players and the one that looks to have the best chance of winning the World Cup appears to be Alexander Lacazette. He has been […]

Is the Arsenal board really pushing ahead with a signing without talking to the new manager

By Tony Attwood

Transfer rumours concerning Arsenal have been continuing apace since Arsene Wenger announced he was leaving at the end of the season, without any question being raised about who the new manager is and what he wants. If that is actually happening it is a major change of policy for the club, […]

The curious case of Arsenal’s worst defender who turns out to be second best in the league

By Tony Attwood

It is fashionable these days to pick on a player, describe him as useless and then say the manager is an idiot for playing him. When TV, blogs, radio and newspaper columnists all join in, the opinion becomes the truth, and it can take quite a bit of individual analysis and […]

Why Arsenal might have to mortgage the ground to get in the players that we want.

By Tony Attwood

In his final interviews at the Huddersfield game Mr Wenger said he was convinced that the squad merely needed two or three new signings to be able to challenge again for the major trophies.

At the same time we have had the figure of £50m being available which in terms of top […]

Who did what and what problems come up next…. Using the past to predict the future.

By Tony Attwood

With this season’s end also being the end of the Wenger Era I found my mind wandering, and, being of a certain age, found it was quite hard to remember exactly who had won what both during recent years and indeed the who Wenger Era.

My thought was that no one remembers […]

The Premier League 2017/18 – what went wrong and some bits that went right


By Tony Attwood

Here we go: ten things that went right or wrong this season.

1: The Telegraph started to recognise that there is a problem with refereeing in the Premier League.

The fact that they lead this morning with “My choices for the best and worst Premier League referees this season” […]

Mr Wenger’s final farewell. Our last match preview with Mr Wenger in charge.

by Tony Attwood

Of course not everyone buys into the remourceless rampant low-level abuse this club suffers on a daily basis. David Wagnar of Huddersfield Town, for example, said of Mr Wenger, “I can’t imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary. Words don’t describe enough how big […]

Huddersfield v Arsenal: the rampant media undermining of Arsenal continues even to the last.

By Tony Attwood

Thus we approach the end of days: the very last Wengerian game. Let’s see where he left the injury list

# TEAM No. down Last man fallen What he done 1 Watford 9 A Gray Knock 2 Leicester City 9 D Simpson Groin Injury 3 Everton 7 W Rooney Knee Injury 4 […]

Huddersfield v Arsenal. How the Huddersfield manager transformed Arsenal.

by Tony Attwood

We’ve played Huddersfield Town 75 times so far, and beaten them 34 times, drawn 25 and lost 16.

Of course the most interesting historic period is what happened when Herbert Chapman left Huddersfield and came to Arsenal as manager in 1925. Chapman managed Huddersfield from 1 February 1921 until the summer of […]

Huddersfield v Arsenal. A team with a home record almost as bad as Arsenal away.

By Bulldog Drummond

So here we go, the very last game for the man who revolutionised the club from being a place where finishing sixth was “not a bad season really” became “an absolute disaster”. From “something to build on” to “get him out at once”.

And so he has changed the club he found […]

Huddersfield v Arsenal Sunday 13 May 2018 – The Match Officials

by Andrew Crawshaw

So now we know that the referee for Arsène’s last match at Arsenal wont be Mike Dean. We have

Referee – Michael Oliver age 32 from Northumberland and FIFA accredited (but not going to the World Cup this summer) Assistant Referee 1 – Lee Betts from Norfolk and FIFA accredited Assistant Referee […]

Arsenal’s next manager; we list the 16 (yes sixteen) men being tipped

by Sir Hardly Anyone

Here’s a nice one to start with…

“For 22 years, what this guy has done not just for Arsenal, but for English football, people should remember. I think they came to a moment where people just want to see someone else. It’s not a matter of if you win […]

The complete list of the 61 players that our new manager will certainly buy

By Sir Hardly Anyone and R.E. Ports.

The team of intrepid opinionators at Sky Sports have told us that Arsenal need to replace the entire team if the club want to escape relegation next season, which makes Craig Burley seem positively modest in believing that that Arsenal need to sign just six new players […]

Next season’s league winners, the fall of BT, and the growth of seeing football journalism as oppressive

by Tony Attwood

Here is the list of next season’s league winners

England: Manchester City Scotland: Celtic France: PSG Spain: Barcelona Germany: Bayern Munich Italy: Juventus

Won’t it all be astonishingly exciting to watch it happen, knowing in advance whose going to win! Wow, won’t just everyone be glued to their TVs to see every […]

Farewell Arsène; that was my last match with you. I sure am going to miss you.

By Tony Attwood

It was a sad way to say a personal farewell to watching Arsenal coached by Arsène Wenger last night, but even so I’m glad I went to see just one more Wenger game and reflect back on 22 years of the Wenger teams I’ve watched.

And indeed to try and remember what […]