Injuries Time to sack Tierney accordinig to one part of the media



Next season starting lineup and the new Financial Fair Play rules By Sir Hardly Anyone One of the great problems that Arsenal face year by year is that much of the commentary made about the club is simply not related to reality. Take this line from one of the more infamous daily commentators of Arsenal …

Next season starting lineup and the new Financial Fair Play rules



By Sir Hardly Anyone 93 players rumoured to be going to Arsenal. Are the journos getting lazy? Last season 19 players made 10 or more starts in first team matches for Arsenal. In addition to the 38 league games we had six in the League Cup and one in the FA Cup. This coming season …

The huge bias of referees is proven. PGMO and media fight back.



by Tony Attwood The statistical evidence that shows PGMO are biased against Arsenal “Howard Webb must rebuild confidence in top referees,” says a piece in the Telegraph.  The cultural stigmatisation of referees is still relevant today says a piece in the Guardian.  Yet neither piece addresses the key issue of the moment; that referees judge …

93 players rumoured to be going to Arsenal. Are the journos getting lazy?



The home and away scandal: ignorance, or cover up? By Sir Hardly Anyone. Yes 93 players incoming but with the transfer window now having been open for over two weeks the whole rumour system seems to have collapsed with hardly any new names being added to the list of players Arsenal are signing. In fact …

The home and away scandal: ignorance, or cover up?



Crowdless stadia stats reveal fallacy of PGMO claims about referee accuracy By Tony Attwood If you are a regular reader you will know during and since the pandemic, we have presented evidence that shows that… Some referees are influenced by the crowd As a result of this, some referees are much more likely to oversee …

The reason why Liverpool and Man C are ahead of Arsenal.



By Sir Hardly Anyone How which referee a club gets has a major impact on the result of each game Two stories of note are circulating today.   One in the Guardian says Manchester City and Liverpool have got their key business done early – and raves over their forward looking approach to football in contrast …

How which referee a club gets has a major impact on the result of each game



By Tony Attwood The statistical evidence that shows PGMO are biased against Arsenal We have shown that referees vary enormously in the way that they call fouls and hand out yellow cards – although to be fair, this has been understood by many supporters for some time. We have also reported a wide range of …

The statistical evidence that shows PGMO are biased against Arsenal



JUST HOW MUCH are PL referees biased in favour of home teams? By Tony Attwood In the UK, people are free to believe what they like.  But there are requirements that the BBC, as a national broadcaster funded through taxation has a duty to be impartial.  I think there might also be a similar requirement …

How European football has taken up the fight against clubs breaking FFP



By Tony Attwood We recently covered the story on “How spend spend spend led to Barcelona’s  collapse”.  Now it is time to move on to the repercussions. The Spanish Football League confirmed last week that it had filed complaints with Uefa against PSG and Manchester City, accusing them of “continuously violating the current financial fair …

Football’s biggest story which the media won’t touch.



How Arsenal were robbed by VAR, and the forthcoming transfers By Tony Attwood The story that something in football is corrupt is an easy one to write and an easy one to dismiss.   One simply picks on a set of circumstances that look unlikely or too coincidental to be real and say, “this couldn’t happen …

Fifa could stop racism and other unacceptable comments. But it won’t.



by Tony Attwood Why Arsenal need more players Fifa has published a report pointing out the increase in the number of insults that footballers are victims on social networks during international competitions, and as a result has presented a plan to fight the problem.  (There’s not much on it in the English media, but European …

How Arsenal were robbed by VAR, and the forthcoming transfers



By Sir Hardly Anyone So who is buying whom thus far among the big boys?  Here are the details Club In Cost Out Income Profit/Loss Arsenal Vieira, Turner, Marquinhos £42m Guendouzi, Mavraponos, Lacazette £12nm -£30m Chelsea None None 0 Liverpool Núñez, Carvalho, Ramsay £76m Mané £28m -£48m Manchester C Haaland £52m Bazunu, Porro £19m -£33m Manchester …

Why Arsenal need more players



How spend-spend-spend led to Barcelona’s collapse by Bulldog Drummond Because of the break during this season to play the world cup, fixtures in the premier league are being moved around to accommodate Fifa’s demands. What’s more, Arsenal will have to be nine extra games between the start of the season on Friday 13th August through …

How spend-spend-spend led to Barcelona’s collapse



by Tony Attwood Before Messi left Barcelona, the club president Joan Laporta revealed that the club had debts of around £1.13bn.  Which is pretty remarkable, especially since Barcelona had just become the first club to get close to a turnover of £1bn. Debts by and large are paid out of profits.   Profits are generally a …

Which PL clubs have the biggest wages bill?



Publisher’s note: sincere apologies for Untold being off line over the weekend and into monday morning.  And thank you to everyone who expressed concerns and best wishes in relation to our attempts to get it back up.  I have to admit I did nothing – had I touched anything it would only have made it …

Arsenal: the youngest squad, and who gets the numbers



By Tony Attwood What went wrong for Arsenal last season? First of course the apologies for the inconvenience you’ve probably been caused by the tech failure on Untold over the last couple of days.  It was bad enough by itself, but made worse as it happened exactly when our IT colleague had a couple of …

Pulling things back together



Thank you to everyone who has been in touch over the technical failures of Untold.   We have tried to pull things back together for the moment to give access to the site but I am aware that there are still problems and I fear these won’t be fully fixed until Monday. But because the list …

What went wrong for Arsenal last season?



By Bulldog Drummond The Platini / Blatter / Fifa court case has just exploded A summary in the Telegraph of Arsenal’s position last season sets the prognosis for the coming campaign out in typical doom-laden tones… “Arsenal scored fewer goals than eighth-placed Leicester City last season, and were eight goals behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur at …

Why fans booed England: the missing explanation



Why Arsenal does indeed need Fábio Vieira right now On the Guardian website at the moment there is a 1000 word article: Football’s boos problem: why are we so quick to turn on our own team? It is written by Paul MacInnes who is defined as a “reporter for the Guardian” and it goes through …

Why Arsenal does indeed need Fábio Vieira right now



  Media changing its tune over Arsenal? By Sir Hardly Anyone It appears that we have just bought a new Vieira (oh, oh).  This one being Fábio Vieira from Porto.  And lots of people are saying he is a jolly good player, which is rather nice.  Although not a massively experienced player, which means he …

Media changing its tune over Arsenal?



Arsenal have signed their third player No club ended the season in the place it occupied after three games. by Tony Attwood As we know, at the heart of football journalism is the media’s vision of fans as people with very little brain.   So little brain that the media assumes that most fans are willing …

Arsenal have signed their third player



By Sir Hardly Anyone. “Reportedly expected to be a transfer target”. Great Arsenal excitement Who starts the transfer rumours and why are they inventing more and more? According to the Guardian Arsenal have signed the 19-year-old Brazilian forward Marquinhos – described by Edu as a “player for the future” – and the more backup goalkeeper Matt …

La Liga complains to Uefa, alleging Manchester City and PSG breach FFP



The Platini / Blatter / Fifa court case has just exploded by El Buldog Rodríguez La Liga reports Manchester City  As has been anticipated for a little while, La Liga now has formally complained to Uefa regarding Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, claiming each of the clubs are in “continuous breach” of financial fair play …

The Platini / Blatter / Fifa court case has just exploded



By Tony Attwood SWITZERLAND, FIFA AND THE CROOKS. HAVE THEY ALL BEEN INVOLVED IN ANYTHING ELSE? Yesterday, the Swiss trial about a two-million-franc payment between Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini which the pair say was made for work undertaken, but which prosecutors claim to be fraud, exploded.  The story is not in the English media …

Why has nothing been done about pitch invasions?



Can football stop hooliganism? By Tony Attwood This is more dangerous than Super League Once upon a time most Football League games ended with a ptich invasion.   It was largely a case in the 1960s of children and teenagers running on the pitch at the final whistle, some to get autographs, some just because they …