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Final score and live match report Tottenham – Arsenal : 1-1 Poor PGMO… poor PGMO

By Walter Broeckx

A few changes compared to our last midweek match. No Özil but in his place Ramsey at the start. Mustafi starting at right back with Monreal at his normal left back position. One could say we still have a few options on the bench if things wouldn’t go according to plan.

Arsenal team : Leno, Mustafi, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Lacazette

On the beach : Cech, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Suarez, Ozil, Aubameyang.

A cross from Iwobi gets a deflection and falls to Lacazette but he drags his shot wide of the goal. Tottenham with a dangerous cross but it is cleared. Rose dives to win a free kick and the ref waves it away. Rose escaping a yellow card there. Sokratis with an error giving the ball to Son but the attack leads to nothing. A rather slow opening 10 minutes with both teams playing a bit with the handbrake on. Xhaka with a long ball to Lacazette who wins the duel. He gives it to Ramsey who is on his own towards Lloris. Ramsey not offside as he started on his own half. He rounds the keeper and pushes the ball over the line. GOAL! 0-1 to The Arsenal after 15 minutes.

Arsenal leaning back in the next 5 minutes with the totts having the ball but creating nothing. Kane scores after a free kick with his head but the flag went up for a correct offside decicsion from the assistant. Son dribbling inside the Arsenal penalty area but he is finally outcrowded by the defenders. The renters do putting more pressure on now after that disallowed goal. Still 0-1 after 30 minutes.

Eriksen with a shot but well off target. Arsenal thinking and playing defensively most of the time. Sokratis has to block a cross from Son. Leno is warned to not waste too much time. Tottenham gets another free kick but the header goes out around the corner flag.  Arsenal hardly out of their own half and when they have the ball they keep a lot of people behind. A free kick for Arsenal results in a corner but no danger as the ball goes to the keeper. Vertonghen with a shot from distance after Guendouzi gave the ball away to easily. Eriksen with a dangerous cross that is cleared but Sokratis and then Arsenal with a good attack and Iwobi has a curling shot but Lloris punches it away. Kane finds Eriksen compleltey unmarked but Leno blocks his shot and then pushes the rebound over.  What a great double save from our keeper. Arsenal under pressure in the one minute of added time now but the shot from Son goes well over. Arsenal lead 0-1 after 45 minutes.

Torreira starts the second half in the place of Guendouzi. Ramsey is being held by the arm but the ref gives a free kick to the team who rents Wembley. Trippier in some space but his cross goes well over. Monreal with a good run on the overlap and a low cross to Lacazette but he misses the target from 8 meters out. That should have been our second goal. Alderweireld with a volley shot after a free kick for Tottenham but it only brushed the side net. Aubameyang comes on after 56 minutes in the place of Lacazette. Lacazette still being unhappy about his miss I think. This is our second substitution.  Mkhitaryn gets a yellow card for a foul on Kane. Aubameyang almost send away but a defender can block his shot. Still 0-1 after 60 minutes.

Xhaka with a free kick that is headed back in front of goal but the ball went out. Lamela with a strong tackle going in from behind on Xhaka and he also gets a yellow card. Lots of midfield battles in this match. My TV station losing their connection with Wembley now.  A cross from Lamela finds Rose whose effort is blocked by Leno. Rose follows throuhg on Leno and hits him with the studs on his chest. Rose gets a yellow card for his dangerous foul and Leno needs treatment but can carry on. Özil is getting ready for Arsenal. Mkhitaryan almost finds Aubameyang but the defender can get the ball from him. After 72 minutes Özil comes on and Ramsey goes off.

Kane goes down after being offside but the flag stays down and the ref gives a penalty. It should have been a free kick to Arsenal. What an injustice. Kane scores. Another error from the PGMO. Hello Mr. Riley. 98% correct decisions…… 1-1 after 75 minutes. A foul that happens a dozen times in the penalty area now is suddenly punished by the ref. Probably some good old English cameradery I guess. Robbery is another word.

Llorente with an elbow against the head of Koscielny gets him a yellow card. Replays showing it was a very clear offside by the way. What a miss from the assistant. Mkhitaryan then with a ball to Aubameyang who went down under a challenge from Sissoko and Taylor pointing to the spot! Aubameyang to take it…. but Lloris saves it and then Iwobi playes it back in but a defender can stop the effort from Aubameyang again. It was a very soft penalty but we don’t take the gift from the ref . Aubameyang with a cross to Özil but behind our playmaker and the chance is gone.

Then Taylor sends off Torreira for a foul on Rose. Another poor performance from the PGMO.

Arsenal would have kept the renters of Wembley from scoring if it wouldn’t have been from the PGMO making a mess of it. Tottenham was toothless untill the referees got it all wrong. A first away clean sheet being taken away by the PGMO reprsentatives.

Where is VAR, Mr. Riley?

 

70 comments to Final score and live match report Tottenham – Arsenal : 1-1 Poor PGMO… poor PGMO

  • Menace

    Snip beginning to show his true anti Arsenal side. Calling a foul against Arsenal but Kane was offside when he puts the ball in the net!! ha ha ha ha

  • Menace

    snip playing to the spud noise!!! the assistant sees the truth!!

  • Menace

    The tatoe is a spud ulike fan!!

  • GoingGoingGooner

    We’re pretty solid at the back…very few giveaways in our own third. They’ve gotten away with some pretty blatant argiebargies (specifically on Lacazette when he was moving up to support the play)

  • malaysian gunner

    The gunner has coped with Kane and company who were not given free rein to shoot.
    To be frank the defence are doing better than expected.
    Keep up the good work and keep stifling the spuds.

  • Up gunners..nice save Leno

  • Menace

    Snip cheating while commentatoe shows bias. Spuds fouling & getting benefit of snip.

    Rose with red card foul but snip ignores it. The glaring cheating by the PGMOL officials is just too much to bear.

  • GoingGoingGooner

    Amazingly shoddy decision by the referee. A studs up challenge right into Leno’s chest and he gets a yellow.

  • Menace

    A second red by Rose gets a yellow from snip. What a cheating bastard this official is.

  • Gord

    69 minutes, and now our goalkeeper needs a treatment.

    COYG!

  • Menace

    The cheating was predicted but thisis shameful!! A penalty when the player was offside & dives!!

  • GoingGoingGooner

    Bad decision again…offside on Kane

  • Gord

    Did Taylor get the assist on that Kane (the headbutter) goal?

    Get that lead back Gunners!

  • Polo

    Ref helped spurs again.

  • Polo

    Iwobi having a shocking game, should have sub him off and kept lacazette on.

  • Gord

    The commentary just announced that there are 81332 specTATERS at the game.

    Come on Gunners, get that lead back!

  • goonersince72

    Unless you’re blind or see the match through claret colored glasses, that was a penalty. No doubt. Kane being offside is another issue. Complain about that all you’d like. Don’t say it wasn’t a penalty.
    Of course, it was Mustafi. I’ve railed against him on this site since his acquisition. I’ve followed Arsenal a very long time and can’t recall a player who’s given away more goals or cost the team more games. Just can;t watch anymore until such time as he’s sent packing. A disgrace. No defensive nous whatsoever. A red card waiting to happen. So go ahead Untolders, blame the referee, he shoved Kane in the box, not Mustafi.
    And let me have it, I’ve committed a mortal sin – defending a referee for making a correct call that went against the Arsenal.

  • Gord

    We get a penalty? What just flew over Wembley, a pig with wings?

    COYG!

  • goonersince72

    Any criticism of Taylor on that penalty? Maybe he instructed a nervous Auba to miss.

  • Menace

    The damned cheating continues with someone in the snips ear.

  • GoingGoingGooner

    neither penalty was a penalty

    not a red on Terreira

  • GoingGoingGooner

    what a shameful display of refereeing. The gift that keeps on giving…EPL refereeing. a non-penalty will cost Torreira 3 matches…

  • WalterBroeckx

    Studs up on the chest from Rose gets a yellow. Studs up against Rose gets a red….. PGMO laws of the game

  • goonersince72

    Walter-

    Torreira got the ball but his studs were up and he made contact after clearing the ball. What’s does the rule say? The commentators (joke)made it seem clear cut red. Dodgy to me but perhaps I’m looking through claret colored glasses.

  • GoingGoingGooner

    @goonersince72 It wasn’t a penalty BECAUSE it was offside. Of course Mustafi barged him…the problem is the refereeing is inconsistent…When Lacazette was knocked 5 yards sideways on an Arsenal break AND Rose accidentally planted his studs on Leno’s chest…are you going to attack Arsenal supporters for that, too?

  • GoingGoingGooner

    @goonersince 72 of course he studs were up, he had just come across the face of the ball from the side. The player in white came in late and got Lucas’ follow through…not the reverse.

  • Polo

    Definitely a penalty on Kane but the initial free kick on Lamela, how many time we see opponent do that on Ozil and free kick not given and sometimes led to a goal against Arsenal, second Kane was offside. Overall, a draw is a fair result.

  • markyb

    Since72 bollocks are you kidding you are more like a spud since 72

  • WalterBroeckx

    If all those pushes like the one on Kane are going to be punished I can live with such a penalty decision. But we know that they aren’t and that is where we ask consistency. You punish them all or you don’t punish them at all. Punish them all I would say but then we would get a few weeks of a dozen penalties per match and then defenders would keep away from it. I wouldn’t mind. But not when a ref picks one of them to give a penalty.

  • Polo

    I think Mustafi is not suited for the Premier League or least the way Arsenal play. The amount of mistake he makes in dangerous situation is unbelievable.

  • Yassine

    Polo, that wasnt even dangerous…I dont know why Jenks didnt play… Its not like we arent letting goals in every match for nothing

  • GoingGoingGooner

    Overall, a draw is a fair result and before the match I would have taken it…dodgy refereeing and a poorly taken penalty on our part lost us 3 points.

  • TomP

    So if I was the ref and had the benefit of var, what would my decisions be?
    a. Neither would be a penalty, Kane was offside, auba was scarcely tripped by Sanchez
    b. Rose on Leno? Yellow card,it turned out to be a dangerous incident, but one I’d hardly blame Rose 100% for.
    c. Torreira on Rose? Absolute red card for torreira any day any time.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Tom P

    Studs up to the chest – red card every day of the week.

    Early Spurs dive – yellow card, two Spurs elbows to the head – yellow cards, Kane looking then backing into an airborne defender- yellow card

    When those start being given then I will perhaps start believing that the PL actually has more integrity than professional wrestling.

  • Menace

    No such thing as a fair result!! The whole game was tilted in the spuds favour. Taylor ignored several fouls on Arsenal players & did not card some nasty tackles. His calling of penalties is questionable as is his observation of encroachment during the taking of penalties.

    I am disappointed with Auba’s pen but more because of the selective vision of Taylor & his assistants. Kane fouled so many times & lisped his way out of them. Taylor has always been a cheat & putting his flaws down to human error is evading the truth.

    This is not the end of the spuds bottling – they have at least another 3 losses coming up soon.

  • Menace

    Tom P – Auba was pushed over & then an attempt to pull him back failed. It was a foul & a penalty was not improper. Kane was offside. Taylor is, was & has been one of the most devious of cheats ever on a sporting field. In fact I’d say that the PGMO is a select bunch of paid cheats.

  • Les Williams

    @Andrew Crawshaw I didn’t watch the game because I am fed up with the standard of officiating from the PIGMOB cretins.

    The selective penalties that are dished out. I agree if you give a penalty for a push in the back then give it for every one, not selectively.

    The other complete waste of time is the yellow card for time wasting in the 93rd minute. Funny how you get a yellow for kicking the ball away at any time – isn’t it the same thing?

    Every week I read of more complaints from fans about the shocking standard of PIGMOB refs. You are right it has less integrity than professional wrestling.

  • WalterBroeckx

    https://twitter.com/gunner_x49/status/1101859891617189888
    another miss by the PGMO referee….

  • Menace

    The Sanchez stamp was not missed by the TV but just laughed off by the pundits.

  • Gord

    Newspaper headline is wrong, there are 5 spuds offside on the Mustafi penalty call.

    http://www.sportbible.com/football/reactions-news-four-spurs-players-are-offside-but-referee-awards-penalty-kick-20190302

    I suppose the spuds would argue, that in order to negate the penalty, there would have had to have been 11 spuds offside.

  • GoingGoingGooner

    Not that impressed with Spurs play. Their only chances from open play were really the ones that resulted in Leno’s double save. I thought that the boys defended well.

    And, I will say this to all the Mustafi haters…yes, he is flawed, no doubt. But, consider this…we can’t afford to pay for 2 world class defenders at each position and we have a couple of injuries on defence. Would’ve been nice to have Bellerin’s speed but…Mustafi does what is asked of him…he was trying to get forward a la Hector (didn’t come off, but he put in a shift). Mustafi got called for a push, yes but…against a robust (dirty?) Spurs side, we need people to push back. That’s why I like Sokratis, too.. How many times in a match does Mustafi win headers? Skodran Mustafi is no Tony Adams in his prime but he is a loyal soldier doing his best. He is wearing a red sweater so after I cuss because he has screwed up…I support him.

    Up the Guns!

  • TomP

    @Andrew, many aspects of refereeing is subjective. Both of us have varying opinions on the interpretation of incidents, however the ref being judged as competent by the regulatory body has the final say.
    @menace, considering you’re the same entity that judged lacazette’s red card elbow in the the bate borisov match as a push, forgive me for not considering your write ups as serious thought.

  • Gord

    Q: Did you hear about the PGMO referee who went duck hunting?
    A: He came back with 4 owls, 2 mice, an elephant, a giraffe and a John Deere tractor.

    Q: What did the oldest bat in the colony say, when Anthony Bat flew into the wall?
    A: That Anthony Bat is as blind as a PGMO referee.

  • TomP

    @Walter, this is quite unfair. Even I didn’t spot this incident, neither did you who had the benefit of replays, there was a swarm of players at that point in time, berating the ref for not seeing that, especially coming from you, a fellow ref is unfortunate. What we expect is for the disciplinary committee of the fa to look at it and decide if it’s worthy of retrospective action.

  • Gord

    Going through the other games. Next up, Bournemouth at home to Man$ity. Bournemouth had no shots on target or off target, no corners and a single offside. You would think that they weren’t even playing.

    The fouls show things as even (7:7). There were 5 treatments in the game; 4 to Bournemouth players. And yet, Man$ity only got 1 more card than Bournemouth (1:2).

  • Brickfields Gunners

    This was a game we should have won. If I’m being kind, I’d say that both were non or soft penalties .

    Rose is a real piece of shit and should have been sent off. The rest of them are no better. Sly cheats ,the lot of them.

    But I suppose that an away draw against you direct rivals , cannot be a bad thing.
    Up the Gunners !

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Nice one Gord.
    Some of the divergent comments here reminds me of this following observation .
    ‘ I cannot fanthom why so many people find it difficult understanding erectile dysfunction.
    It’s just not that hard.’

  • Gord

    Idle thinking.

    It might be a step up, for the EPL to dismiss the PGMO and bring in a bunch of officials who are about 14 years old (boys and girls). In the interview process, look for intelligent young people who have an interest in learning (as well as enough fitness to do the job). At the same time, hire 10 black belt kendo practitioners (they are like a 5th official). If a player starts to talk back to an official, the kendo person silently steps up to take a place near the official. If the player continues to badger the official, the player gets whacked. Hard.

  • nick

    Walter and Menace..I knew a while back you were the same person.For there to be two people on planet earth with such a lack of understanding of football and a biasness about refereeing is impossible.You really are special.Belgium and Goa must be blessed to have you 2 special people.

  • I did not see the match, and find the quotes from the rules interesting.

    Can anyone who saw the match confirm whether Kane was challenging for the ball before the ouch from Mustafi, or indeed whether any of the other 4 players who were offside when the kick was taken were challenging form the ball when the push or whatever it was took place?

  • jjgsol

    push not ouch

  • I am reminded of bergkamp.s last minute penalty miss against manure in the cup semi final. I don’t think he was ever the same after that.

    i hope that this miss does not have the same effect on PEA.

    I would have taken a draw but am still very disappointed that we could have won it with that penalty.

    By the way, I predicted on one blogg yesterday that the scum would get a penalty and the ref obliged.

  • On my question, what is the definition of “challenging for the ball”?

    Surely, it means going towards the ball, which all 5 scum players who were in offside positions were doing, so they were all offside, even with that rule.

    Do you not agree, TomP?

  • Yassine

    Hi Jigsol,

    Only Kane was challenging for the ball, others were not.

  • That being the case, TomP will agree that he was offside before the push.

    But, if all the 5 players were going towards the ball, were they not all also offside?

    Perhaps there is a new rule, a majority of the side has to be offside at the same time, and here we only had 5.

  • Gord

    There is news of names changes.

    There will be a change to the handball rule. Accidental goals scored by the hand are to be disallowed, and some accidental handlings will be penalised. The rules seems vague enough, that Arsenal will get the short end of that stick again.

    Attacking players on a free kick, need to be 1m off the wall. What does it solve? Some of the jostling before and during the kick.

    —-

    In the headlines, we were told that Wolves were playing Champagne Football.

    What did we get form the PGMO officials? Plonk!

  • Pat

    Apparently a Spurs player was encroaching when Aubameyang took the penalty and was therefore on hand to prevent him from putting the rebound in the net. The penalty should have been retaken.

    Yet more rubbish from Antony Taylor.

  • Gord

    Vertongen?

  • goonersince72

    Hey markyb –

    Your use of ‘bollocks’ is colorful but somewhat less than specific. What specifically are you objecting to? I said the Mustafi penalty was a penalty? It was, that’s reality. Kane was offside? Maybe but it wasn’t called. I was commenting on the penalty call. Not what should have been from a fan’s perspective. I also said the penalty on Auba was soft. Taylor evened it up. Kane made, Auba missed. I’ve also read comments, even from Walter, who I greatly respect, about all the Spurs fouls Taylor missed but no one has mentioned the Arsenal fouls he missed. Taylor let’s a lot go. If you followed the game you’d know that.
    You don’t come here much, you don’t know the many comments I’ve posted here for years, basically you don’t know shite. A few suggestions; take your head out of your arse, think before you write, try to comprehend what a post means as opposed to what you think it means and grow up. If ‘bollocks’ is all you have I’ll dismiss your comment out of hand. If you have anything factual to say I’ll listen. Otherwise you’re taking up space. If you don’t like this post take it up with Tony Attwood. I’m an AFC supporter, not a fan (fanatic).

  • TomP

    @jjgsol, I don’t know what you’re going on about. In my very first post I stated that neither should have been a penalty, Kane being offside &Auba barely been upended. OK, just so you’re happy.. KANE OFFSIDE, NO PENALTY!!!

  • Menace

    awww nick -you’re so cute! love it when you try to be Anglo Saxon.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Anthony Taylor was not at fault for awarding the controversial penalty he awarded to Spurs that Kane converted. Taylor saw a push on Kane’s back by Mustafi in the box and Kane went falling down. Maybe he exaggerated his falling down by adding it with a dive a little to win a penalty and he was awarded one. But if the linesman at the far side had not opted to do anti-Arsenal match flagging in the PL against Arsenal at that juncture in the game but raise the flag to signal Kane is offside, referee Anthony Taylor would not have blew the whistle for a penalty to Spurs. So, let the linesman be blamed for not flagging Kane offside. But him and Anthony Taylor could be working in tandem to have Arsenal cheated by cynically seizing on a chance to carry out anti-Arsenal match refereeing in the match to hurt Arsenal. The other linesman had also failed to raise the flag to indicate for a retake of the penalty kick that was missed by Auba’ as 2 Spurs players had ran into the box by 2 and 7 yards before Auba’ takes the penalty kick. That was according to the match panelists who were analysing the match after it has ended. And the TV replay made me to see the 2 encroachments into the box done by the 2 Spurs players but the panelists talked of only the 7 yard one but I saw 2 encroachments. Hmmm.

    I think Mustafi has to improve on his rashness in games for Arsenal so as to limit his costing Arsenal costly errors in games. And Laca’ can improve on his lack of being clinical in his finishing for Arsenal in games. While Auba’ should not take a penalty kick for Arsenal if he’s nervous or not composed to take it. More so, when the stake is high for Arsenal to not miss. Leno should watch the ball and not the player to give himself a fair chance of saving a penalty kick. And I think Emery has sub Laca’ off too soon to bring on Auba at 56 minutes in my own view. For, Laca’ is a better all round player than Auba’ is. In an Arsenal match and on his good day, Laca’ can track back to defend, win a duel, dribble, give assist and can score.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Anthony Taylor was not at fault for awarding the controversial penalty he awarded to Spurs that Kane converted. Taylor saw a push on Kane’s back by Mustafi in the box and Kane went falling down. Maybe he exaggerated his falling down by aiding it with a dive a little to win a penalty and he was awarded one. But if the linesman at the far side had not opted to do anti-Arsenal match flagging in the PL against Arsenal at that juncture in the game but raise the flag to signal Kane was offside, referee Anthony Taylor would not have blew the whistle for a penalty to Spurs. So, let the linesman be blamed for not flagging Kane offside. But him and Anthony Taylor could be working in tandem to have Arsenal cheated by cynically seizing on a chance to carry out anti-Arsenal match refereeing in the match to hurt Arsenal. The other linesman had also failed to raise the flag to indicate for a retake of the penalty kick that was missed by Auba’ as 2 Spurs players had ran into the box by 2 and 7 yards just before Auba’ took the penalty kick. That was according to the TV match panelists who were analysing the match after it has ended. And the TV replay made me to see the 2 encroachments into the box done by the 2 Spurs players but the panelists talked of only the 7 yard one but I saw 2 encroachments on my TV screen. Hmmm.

    I think Mustafi has to improve on his rashness in games for Arsenal so as to limit his costing Arsenal costly errors in games. And Laca’ can improve on his lack of being clinical in his finishing for Arsenal in games. While Auba’ should not take a penalty kick for Arsenal if he’s nervous or not composed to take it. More so, when the stake is high for Arsenal to not miss. Leno should watch the ball and not the player to give himself a fair chance of saving a penalty kick. And I think Emery has sub Laca’ off too soon to bring on Auba at 56 minutes in my own view. For, Laca’ is a better all round player than Auba’ is. In an Arsenal match and on his good day, Laca’ can track back to defend, win a duel, dribble past opponents, give assists and can score.

  • TomP

    You are correct, I apologise.

    I wrongly remembered what you said and also thought that you had pointed out the rule about only being offside if challenging for the ball, which it seems I must have seen on another blogg.

    The report in today’s Sunday Times is extraordinary in which the author states that Taylor handled the game “mostly well” and made fewer mistakes than the players.

    He then lists the mistakes, which were crucial to the outcome of the game and could hardly be compared to mistakes by players.

  • Va Cong Pham

    Samuel Akinsola Adebosin if he saw a push he could see 5 spurs players offside.
    Aubameryang was nervous but also was impeded by Vertonghen my West ham friend said they had a penalty retaken same old same old different rules for Arsenal. We can’t play 100 % all the time.

    Mutafi was giving Spurs their own medicine, Rose should have been sent off Lamela made 6 yellow card tackles if Mkhitatyan was a yellow. Double standards just like the Commentry saying it was a soft Penalty. And how many drag my leg Kane fall over gets a penalty had then?

  • goonersince72

    At the end of the day, Arsenal were better and deserved 3 points. Anthony Taylor’s calls and non-calls were consistent with his body of work. Most Arsenal supporters are aware of the bias, it’s not new. So many here think it began with Mike Riley and the 50th match. It’s vile, it’s corrupt and just about anything else negative you can say. But it’s been this way a long time.

    One aspect that’s always unnerved me is the seeming lack of complaint, protest or whatever from the board and management. Of course we don’t know what happens behind closed doors but Arsenal were always a traditional club, if a bit stodgy. Probably ungentlemanly to complain. But when your teams are constantly keel-hauled by the PGMO and your own FA, FFS, a word or two in defense of your players is in order. Can anyone name another club that have had so many players’ careers shortened or ended by on the pitch thuggery? I can’t.

    Now, with the almost absentee ownership of Kroenke Sports I don’t see any direction for the club. He won’t spend. That’s his track record with all the teams in the States that he owns. AFC is just another brick in the wall to him. They’ll let the club deteriorate until the margins are not to their liking and the then sell it on at a profit. It’s how Kroenke does business. I fear we’re in for a long slog until he’s gone. The self sustaining model worked in the era before big money. Funding by oil billionaires and countries (City, Chelsea) or by HUGE debt (MU) is the way of it. Spurs will learn the same lesson, over 600 million borrowed and they will be servicing that debt for years to come. They haven’t spent on players lately and won’t be able to. They don’t have an Arsene Wenger to keep them afloat. Income from new, large stadia is no longer the lion’s share of revenue.

  • Nitram

    Exactly right.

    Large stadium income though useful, is no longer the benifit it was, not by any means.

  • Les Williams

    @goonerssince72 I have a very dim future for clubs with either debt or sugar daddy financing. The good times WILL come to an end as either you load too much debt or football goes out of fashion.

    It may not happen tomorrow… but in time

  • Gord

    Statistics to end of GD 29, sort of (Chelsea/Brighton still not played)

    Liverpool and Chelsea both got a little Caution in GD 28, with Liverpool now being just a tiny bit under 1000 (992). But the bottom 4 of the Caution league are still all Top-6 (Liverpool, Chelsea, Man$ity and the spuds. There may be a gap opening up between the spuds and Newcastle. Arsenal and ManU are 4th and 3rd highest.

    Watford and CPalace are still both exceptionally low on their players requiring treatment. I suspect that this might be something the management were looking for, tougher players that don’t require treatment. Another possibility is that they don’t get into situations where treatment might be required. Ignoring those two teams, the next 4 lowest teams are Chelsea, Man$ity, Liverpool and the spuds. The PGMO don’t caution those teams, but do caution their opposition. Hard to get hurt, if the referees won’t let anyone touch them. ManU are pretty close to the median level of treatments, treatment short-handed time and substitutions due to treatments. Third and 4th highest number of treatments are Southampton and Bournemouth at 38. Cardiff are at 42 and we are at 44. For years, all the muppets have been saying that every team should be kicking Arsenal. And that is still what is happening. And there are few fouls called due to these treatments, and vanishingly few cards shown. It is almost as if the PGMO wanted Arsenal to be kicked all over the pitch. Oh, and those foreigners from Wales as well.

    Leicester canned their manager, and again this week we see Leicester inflicting some treatments on opposition. Arsenal still second lowest at inflicting treatments on opposition. The spuds and ManU are still the highest in inflicting treatments on opposition, and CPalace is still keeping touch in that regard. I think the two sides of the treatments is showing CPalace to be a “tough” team. The spuds are the team that have had to make the most substitutions due to having players treated, and I suspect the Pinochio is insisting that spuds inflict treatments. They are just not as tough as the CPalace squad, and it is costing them on substitutions. And the referees are letting them do this, because they suffer little or no caution.

    Scott, Atkinson, Marriner and Taylor have all overseen 40 or more treatments (Taylor leads at 45). Scott tends to be harder on the home teams in this regard, Marriner and Taylor tend to b harder on the away team and Atkinson likes to see both sides needing treatments. Atkinson has overseen the most minutes of short-handed play due to treatments, and Oliver has overseen the largest number of substitutions due to treatments. Madley, Hooper, East and Coote are all below 29 treatments, with Coote being the highest at 17. Coote has overseen the most substitutions of this crowd at 5, and East has overseen the most short-handed play of this bunch at 43 minutes.

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