An unheard media as Riley finally admits to huge number of referee errors.



By Walter Broeckx If you have been reading Untold for quite a while you might remember I have in the past been a regular writer on the Untold website.  Then my life changed, very much for the better I should add, and I just couldn’t find the time to write anymore. I went from being …

Corona crisis in football: the situation in Belgium



By Walter Broeckx With the whole World suffering under the corona crisis, football is not really the main focus of most people. But the impact on football is big. And this is also the case in Belgium football. As most of the media in the UK is still sticking their heads in the sand and …

Arsenal: a modern fairy-tale to tell to your children.



Latest news: We are developing our own video channel.   It’s still at the experimental stage but you can get a feel here… Untold Gooner News   By Walter Broeckx Once a village had a goose. Nothing unusual in that of course. But in this case it was something special. Because this goose had a special …

Watford – Arsenal : 2-2. Why are we playing out from the back



By Walter Broeckx As Lacazette was out with an ankle injury we might have expected a few changes. A first start for Özil in this campaign and Ceballos getting a starting place. Arsenal team at the start: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, David Luiz, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ceballos, Ozil, Pepe, Aubameyang On the beach: Martinez, Chambers, Torreira, …

Match report Arsenal – Burnley : 2-1



By Walter Broeckx Arsenal starting with Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Monreal, Guendouzi, Willock, Ceballos, Aubameyang, Lacazette and Nelson. On the beach : Martinez, Chambers, Kolasinac, Pepe, Torreira, Mkhitaryan, Martinelli. So a starting place for Ceballos and Luiz two of our new players. Arsenal having a good start and pushing Burnley back in their half. Ceballos …

Friendly match: Barcelona – Arsenal : 2-1 Final score



By Walter Broeckx Arsenal starting XI: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Sokratis, Monreal; Willock, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Nelson; Aubameyang. On the beach: Martinez, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Thompson, Ceballos, Guendouzi, Torreira, Martinelli, Saka, Nketiah. A big test for Chambers, Willock and Nelson against Barcelona this evening and it might tell us a bit more about their position in the …

Friendly match : Angers – Arsenal : 1-1 Final score (3-4 on penalties)



By Walter Broeckx At first I thought I was at a concert as there was a rock band playing live when the teams came out in a strange stadium that had one side of the ground open. I think they are going to build a new stand on that side. The starting line up: Martinez, …

Arsenal – Fiorentina: 3-0



Arsenal starting this preseason match with : Martinez, Chambers, Mustafi, Monreal, Jenkinson, Olayinka, Burton, Kolasinac, Nelson, Saka, Nketiah. So a very young side with a few experienced players. Captain Monreal with an early error but Mustafi could block the shot and the ball goes out for a throw in. The ref allowing a lot of …

Final score and live match report EL Valencia – Arsenal : 2-4 (agg 3-7)



By Walter Broeckx Arsenal standing in front a this match that could define the first season under Emery as a success or as more of the same as the season before. Team at the start:  Cech, Koscielny, Sokratis, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette. On the beach : Leno, Mustafi, Elneny, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, …

Final score and live match report Arsenal – Brighton & Hove Albion : 1-1



By Walter Broeckx Arsenal starting their last home match with a few changes. Maitland-Niles is suspended after his amazing double yellow card at Leicester so we see Lichtsteiner for the first time in a long time and probably a last time. Arsenal team: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal, Torreira, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Özil, Aubameyang, Lacazette On …

Final score and live match report Leicester – Arsenal : 3-0



By Walter Broeckx   Arsenal team at the start: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Aubameyang, Lacazette On the beach: Cech, Koscielny, Mavrapanos, Guendouzi, Elneny, Willock, Nketiah A first dangerous moment in the Arsenal penalty area after a free kick but we can clear.  Oliver showing his colour early on with a …

Final score and live match report Wolverhampton Wanderers – Arsenal : 3-1



By Walter Broeckx The most important news is that Aubameyang stayed in London with a sinus problem. Arsenal revert to a back 4 with Monreal, Sokratis and Maitland-Niles partnering Koscielny. Arsenal starting with : Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Torreira, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Özil, Iwobi, Lacazette On the beach: Cech, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Elneny, Guendouzi, Willock, Nketiah …

Final score and live match report Arsenal – Crystal Palace : 2-3



By Walter Broeckx After the EL match on Thursday a much changed side at the start as could be expected wiht only 4 players who started in Italy starting again. Arenal team at the start : Leno, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Elneny, Guendouzi, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang. On the beach: Cech, Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Iwobi, Monreal, …

Final score and live match report EL Napoli – Arsenal : 0-1



By Walter Broeckx A few changes compared to our last match at Watford. Maitland-NIles and Sokratis come in at the back and Mustafi drops to the bench. Sokratis who is suspended in the PL so a no brainer for the swap with Mustafi who has to play in the PL next Sunday. 5 at the …

Final score and live match report Watford – Arsenal : 0-1



By Walter Broeckx Some rotation as could be expected with this match sandwiched between the Europa League matches. No Sokratis as he is suspended but also a few players getting some rest. Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Özil and Lacazette among those who started on the beach. Xhaka returned after injury and the most notable starter is probably …

Final score and live match report Europa League Arsenal – Napoli : 2-0



By Walter Broeckx Arsenal starting eleven : Cech, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Torreira, Ramsey, Kolasinac, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang On the beach: Leno, Mustafi, Elneny, Guendouzi, Suarez, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan Arsenal attacking from the start and pushing the visitors back but only winning a few corners where the ref sees a foul as the Napoli defenders …

Final score and live match report Everton – Arsenal : 1-0



By Walter Broeckx The injured players didn’t return so no Koscielny and Xhaka in the team. Ramsey got a place on the bench after comming off against Newcastle. Elneny gets a rare start and Guendouzi also comes in the team. Up front Mkhitaryan also starting the match. Aubameyang starts on the bench so we have …

Final score and live match report Arsenal – Newcastle : 2-0



By Walter Broeckx Arsenal team at the start: Leno, Maitlan-Niles, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Iwobi, Özil, Lacazette. On the beach: Cech, Elneny, Suarez, Nketiah, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang Arsenal having most of the ball in the opening minutes and Newcastle defending deep and in numbers so not much room to create much openings. Arsenal get …

How VAR is used will be the most important matter for the future of VAR



By Walter Broeckx It has been some 11 years ago I started the referee reviews. And in those days I was a lone voice in saying that football needed some system to help the referees in their difficult job. From what I found in my reviews and in the reviews we did with non-Arsenal supporting …

Full time Europa League live match report Arsenal – Rennes : 3-0



By Walter Broeckx As we knew no Sokratis of course because of his double yellow card last week. Arsenal playing with 3 at the back. And with Lacazette in the team after we won our appeal against the high punishment of 3 matches. Xhaka is the only player that has to be carefull if we …

Final score and live report Arsenal – Manchester United : 2-0



By Walter Broeckx A few changes compared to the last two matches. Some because of suspension other just an attempt to pick the best team. Arsenal playing with 3 central defenders a tactic that didn’t Always work so far this season. Up front we have the combination of Aubameyang and Lacazette with Özil also starting. …

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 …

Final score and live match report Arsenal – Bournemouth : 5-1



By Walter Broeckx A big surprise at right back with Jenkinson making his first start in the PL in a long, long time. Welcome back you Gunner/Gooner. A few absentees like Xhaka and Maitland-Niles who were more or les expected to be involved. I don’t know if this is down to an injury or illness. …

Final score and live match report Arsenal – Southampton : 2-0



By Walter Broeckx A few changes mostly down to give some rest to players with a busy week ahead and the midweek match. Özil and Aubameyang drop on the bench and Ramsey and Lacazette come in their place. Sokratis starts in the playce of Koscielny and Kolasinac starts in the place of Monreal in a …

Final score and live match report Uefa League Arsenal – Bate Borisov : 3-0



By Walter Broeckx Arsenal with a few changes compared to last match. Özil in the starting line up and also Lichtsteiner starting the match. Remember Arsenal must win with a 2 goal advantage. Be it 2-0, 3-1, 4-2, 17-15, whatever. Arsenal team: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Özil, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Aubameyang. On the …