Even the issue of tickets for the semi-final is a way of knocking Arsenal now.

by Tony Attwood There is a story doing the rounds that all season ticket holders who want a ticket for the Wembley semi-final against Man City have got one. And of course this has been taken up as a chance to knock Arsenal and Arsenal support – exactly as happened two years ago, and the …

Journalists seek to up their game by removing the next Arsenal manager before he starts

Reporting by Billy the Dog McGraw Academic background and local colour by Blacksheep. He may not have arrived yet and the rumours of who he is going to sign may not even have had the chance to be proven completely wrong, but surely we have had enough of Alex Next-Bloke, the man who followed Arsene …

Lens v Arsenal; the post-match review – looking for this season’s wonderkid.

By Tony Attwood . Martinez, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Chambers, Monreal, Elneny, Coquelin, Walcott, Iwobi, Reine-Adelaide, Akpom On the beach: Macey, Gibbs, Bielik, Zelalem, Campbell, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Willock, Gnabry This was of course a pre-season game – the first of the run – and a chance for some of the youngsters to stand out.   However it was …

Amazing. The Transfer Window wakes up with six brand new transfers involving Arsenal

By Sir Hardly Anyone If you have been following this column week by week you’ll know that linked to it is the Arsenal Transfer Index.  The last edition published on 24 June showed 68 players tipped to transfer to Arsenal this summer.  Only one has made it. That kind of nonsense is to be expected, …

What do you get when you ignore Untold and pack a squad with Tottenham players?

. Untold’s 2010 analysis of what makes countries successful at football gets another airing in the national press – but sadly it is far too late. . By Billy “the dog” McGraw Untold doesn’t cover England matches normally – indeed I can’t think when the last time was that we did.  But when an England …

Why having an opinion should absolutely not be the life blood of football.

By Tony Attwood One of the most fascinating aspects of being involved in the running of Untold Arsenal is seeing the way that some readers of the site like to tell the editorial team what to publish and what not to publish. I can understand the need to control what we publish both in terms of …

Untold Arsenal offers a total, absolute and unreserved apology

By Dr Billy “the dog” McGraw There is a fairly well known story in literary and political circles that states that soon after the publication of the George Orwell novel “1984” a British journalist was granted a visa to visit North Korea in order to write about it for his newspaper.   The journalist had …

32% of the adult population vote to leave the EU, and this is what it does to our football.

By Tony Attwood The FA’s view on how leaving the EU will affect football says that “there is widespread consensus that no current players will be deported as the Home Office very rarely imposes legislation retrospectively.”  Sadly they give no evidence – perhaps because there is none. But these are unique times and FA chairman Greg …

Arsenal in need of urgent reform; without it there is disaster ahead

By Dr Billy “the dog” McGraw OBE. Senior psychiatrist at the University College Hospital of the North Circular Road. I left Arsenal Stadium yesterday deeply, deeply concerned, worried that unless urgent action is taken we will soon see bloodshed. For it is quite clear to me that at yesterday’s game neither the players nor the …

Bournemouth v Arsenal. The match review for negativists and other members of the aaa.

By Dr Billy “the dog” McGraw In an attempt to be more inclusive Untold and to meet the new government equality of coverage opportunities, as the blog’s resident psychologist I have been asked to offer a review of the Bournemouth game written for card carrying members of the aaa and other perpetual negativists. For the …

Transfer deadline: shock horror, all those rumours were untrue!

By Billy the Dog McGraw Actually not too much. Debuchy has gone to Bordeaux on loan.  According to the Mirror Man U made an effort to get him but Arsenal refused to do the deal.  Also talk that Villa wanted him, but ditto there. That is all that is confirmed on Arsenal.com at the moment. Yaya …

Rangers lose big tax case; Rangers win big tax case. In Scotland both can be true

By Tony Attwood As I have tried to say each time in the past that I have covered a story about Rangers and their financial issues, I am not Scottish, and my knowledge of Scottish football is at a distance.  I have been to Scotland, I have watched football in Scotland, and I have watched …

Lionel Messi planning a move to Arsenal this summer.

By Billy the Dog McGraw Let me assure you this story about Lionel Messi is not from a bloggetta.  No.  It  comes Untold’s English newspaper of choice (although we give them the occasional bashing for forgetting the evidence and printing silly things).  (In our opinion). But today that is what it says in the Guardian.  Messi …

Uefa and Fifa get excited over too much freedom of speech at football matches

By Tony Attwood The issue of what we can and can’t chant in a football ground has been lurking around for over a year now in Spain.  Indeed last year when the Spanish Professional Football League’s announced that it would fine supporters who sing offensive songs, the fans started to re-write their chants, putting their …

Gabriel is charged with not leaving the pitch after he was not sent off

By Billy “the Dog” McGraw, resident psycho analyst at the Football Association Gabriel Paulista was not sent off at Chelsea, or if he was sent off he should not have been and thus has not got to serve a ban of three matches for a twitch of the leg against the alien beast Costa. Arsenal’s …

Campaign to fight against State Aid for WHU stadium wins a victory

By Tony Attwood On 6 August Untold ran quite a long article about the way the new West Ham stadium is being financed with the club paying little towards the transformation of the ground into a football stadium, and the state financing the building costs, and the day to day running of the stadium. Then on …

Does the amount a team costs reflect its position in the league or have we been led up the garden path?

By Tony Attwood We have been told by many correspondents that it is quite possible to measure the success of Arsenal’s transfer window activity.  You know the old story.  Arsenal scored two goals fewer than Chelsea last season, and that is why we didn’t win the league, so we need to buy a new goal …

The transfer window is closed but we might still have a surprise in store

. . By Tony Attwood . In the article Why big name transfer window signings are more likely to flop than succeed we showed that the statement, made by a few people within the commentaries on this blog, “why has Arsenal not strengthened the squad with top players, all the others have?” was actually the wrong question. …

Onwards and upwards: the window is shut.

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS by Fishpie   Right. That’s over then. The Transfer Window of 2015. The outcome? A much welcomed, better, top-drawer goalkeeper and a less welcomed achievement: apparently we were the only club in top-flight European football not to buy an outfield player. That’s not what I was expecting.  Or what I was hoping …

Why big name transfer window signings are more likely to flop than succeed

By Billy “the Dog” McGraw One of the big problems with analysing the emergence of playing squads is that the media has fixed the agenda so that only the transfer window is important.  It can have a place in developing a squad, but there are other mechanisms.  Since the media refuse to acknowledge them, I …

European referee associations start to distance themselves from secretive Premier League

Because there are technical problems with Untold Arsenal off and on I am also publishing articles on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UntoldArsenalToday/ If you ever can’t get on this site, try the Facebook page. Now onto today’s piece How Sweden have taken up the battle of more open refereeing. Last year we ran a series of …

GLITCH REMOVED! Arsenal vs State Aid United: WHUs pre-season, biggest fears, and the teams

Apologies if you read this immediately after publication, we had a coding glitch which made much of the article even more unreadable than normal.  Fixed now. By Bulldog Drummond. What is new this year is that for anyone who says, “Wenger should sign x y and z,” the difficulty with signing the very very best …

Arsenal v State Aid Utd; off we go again on another record busting season

By Bulldog Drummond Ere we go ere we go ere we…. well you know the rest.  Start of the new season an’ all that. Actually the Independent thinks maybe we don’t and seriously has Here we go!  as its lead headline this morning.  That’s so passé it is positively out of date, outdated, unfashionable, old-fashioned, …

WINNERS & LOSERS: what is the real meaning of a “winning mentality”

WINNERS & LOSERS…….Don McMahon Tony’s excellent 10 point review of the Arsenal and my personal experience in winning and losing, inspired this opus about the “winning mentality”, the journos and aaa go on about.   And as a psychologist, I can explain a little about the so-called “winning mentality.” First off, a few definitions to …

Done deal: it’s the prize winner and the biggest shock of the whole transfer window

By Sir Hardly Anyone The hunt is on for the winning piece of transfer news of the first month of the window, known as the Prize for the Winning Piece of Transfer News of the First Month of the Window.   And there is no doubt about the lead story. It comes under the headline: …