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October 2018
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Does the first eight league games of a season tell us how it will end?

By Tony Attwood

The last time we had a great start to the league, in terms of the first eight games, was in 2016 when on 18 October the league table looked like this…

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Manchester City 8 6 1 1 19 8 11 19 […]

England’s woes are all the fault of selfish clubs, at least according to the car thieves

By Tony Attwood

Sometimes one is forced to stop and think, “Who pays the players?” and “Who has to keep paying players even when they are injured in an international match?”

Come to that, “Who takes the players on at a very early age, builds and runs the training facilities, develops their skills, advises […]

Chelsea 0 Arsenal 5. The view from behind one goal

by Andrew Crawshaw

What a difference a day makes to the weather in South London. Saturday was gloriously sunny, shirt sleeves and beautifully outdoorsy. Sunday was wet, windy and far cooler a real autumn day.

The match was at Chelsea’s Kingsmeadow ground, near Kingston-upon-Thames, just about an hour and a half from home – […]

When almost every media source says the same transfer is happening, what does it mean?

Sir Hardly Anyone explores drainpipe theory with Marianna Trench.

Yes media drainpipe after media drainpipe (the things those quaint little bloggettas call outlets) are all shouting out the same story-story. That Arsenal are going to sign Ismaila Sarr and Kai Havertz.

As more and more and more of the pesky blighters copied each other over […]

Last year’s top six – how this season is rather different from last time around

By Tony Attwood

Below is a “this season vs last season” table, showing for key figures just how the clubs have changed in the course of a year after eight matches.

Looking at each team there are two rows – one for key indicators at this time last season and one for now.

In the […]

Who in the Arsenal team has committed the most fouls this season? You will not guess!!!

Tony Attwood

I was wondering where on earth the statistics came from showing that Arsenal were the dirtiest team in the league, and expressed incredulity as I worked through the analysis in previous articles.

But others came to my rescue and found more and more figures, and in the discussion after the article “Arsenal are […]

Chelsea Women v Arsenal – Sunday 14 October 14:00 Preview

Chelsea Women v Arsenal – Sunday 14 October 14:00 Preview

By Andrew Crawshaw

This a match that will really be a test of our title credentials. So far we have comfortably won all three of our league matches, albeit they have been against teams we should expect to beat. […]

Arsenal are the dirtiest team in the League this season. Errr? Really? Are you sure?

By Tony Attwood

It was the story that Sky used years and year ago to discredit Arsenal and its manager Mr Wenger. We were the dirtiest team in the League. Unfortunately the source of their data was never given, nor any other team’s figures, so no one could check. But seveal people challenged the figures […]

Why it’s so vital to help our young players understand that Twitter is not real.

By Tony Attwood

Are we looking at a golden generation of Arsenal youngsters coming through?

It is one of those questions that is so hard to answer. One watches Reiss Nelson play for England’s under 21s, and think, he really is rather good. And then remember that he is just 18 and think, actually, he’s […]

Would you trust a bankrupt corner store with £600 million of taxpayers’ money

By Tony Attwood

When it comes to England games something strange happens to the reporting. and not just with the delicate way the media handles the FA, suggesting that they might be reasonable decent set of people trying hard to do their job (as opposed to them being a bunch of charlatans happy to […]

Arsenal transfer index: all the players we will sign in January 2019

By Sir Hardly Anyone

There was an awfully large amount of fuss about shutting the 2018 summer window early so that transfers were done before the season started. Which makes it seem rather odd not to say illogical not to say bizarre that we now have a one month transfer window during the season launching […]

Football is changing, although most of the time it doesn’t look like it.

By Tony Attwood

“The Arsenal and The Arsenal” theme suggests that there are two different groups of people interested in the club, and each sees what is going on, and considers what is important, in ways so different from the other that there is just no connection between the realities, except that they are […]

If there were match fixing in England would we ever be told?

By Tony Attwood

As you may have read, in Belgium there has been a series of arrests at football clubs and elsewhere related to fraud and match fixing. These followed around 50 raids in Belgium and another raft in France, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia.

Reports suggest that the Brugge coach Ivan Leko and […]

Emery’s Arsenal EPL and Europa Winning Team, with Lozano, Pavon, Filipe Louis and Jardel

By Chayasai

Very early in the season Arsenal played Chelsea and Man City without those players who are the backbone today. And, in hindsight, with the great advantage of having training under Emery, and getting immensely better, physically, mentally and tactically, Arsenal can justifiably believe that they are a completely […]

Arsenal under unprecedented attack. To survive it is time to join the Resistance

By Tony Attwood

Over the years when it comes to football, newspapers, broadcasters and most recently bloggers have merged their own thoughts and prejudices with the facts, to produce their version of reality. And for years that version of reality has been one in which Arsenal make more mistakes than anyone else as well as […]

Arsenal are going to concede a shed full of goals soon, but it really doesn’t matter.

By Dr Billy “the Dog” McGraw

Arsenal’s upturn in form, in the guise of winning every single match in every single competition since the opening two games of the season, has caused some commentators a problem.

Their whole approach to Arsenal is that Arsenal is a failure. If Arsenal win then it is by chance […]

Retrospective: what was it actually like being at Fulham?

By Andrew Crawshaw

I met Mark at Hammersmith Station just after 11.00 giving us plenty of time to walk to Craven Cottage. For those of you who don’t know the ground it is rather old fashioned and, for the Premier League, quite small with a capacity of some 25,700; so less than half of that […]

Shocking claims: the ten biggest stories about Arsenal doing the rounds this evening.

by Sir Hardly Anyone and Marianne Trench.

Our complete update on the really big stories this evening that are showing us what a huge thing a football is. But first, something no one actually said about Fulham but might have

While they were content to peck cautiously at the ball, the never spared themselves in […]

Comparing this season’s start to that of the unbeaten season (And a new kit sponsor)

By Tony Attwood

As we speculated a while back, Arsenal’s next kit sponsor will be Adidas, with the deal worth £60m a season. This is roughly double the size of the last deal (that’s the one that I’ll always remember as Puma released a video to commemorate the launch, which included a good five […]

“This could be the start of 4 games in which we knock in 5.” Untold Arsenal match preview

By Tony Attwood

As Walter kindly pointed out (and thanks for reading it Walter – I know you always do, but even so, thanks), in the preview to the game Untold wrote, “So now maybe this could be the start of four games in which we knock in five.”

Of course we have scored five […]

Live match report Fulham – Arsenal : 1-5

By Walter Broeckx

Arsenal starting with: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal, Torreira, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette On the beach near the Thames: Martinez, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Aubameyang

No Özil who seems to have a back problem according to Mkhitaryan comes back in the team. Also Iwobi back in the starting line […]

Fulham v Arsenal. Can Fulham make it 9 out of 56? And the teams

By Bulldog Drummond

If a manager changes his tactics from one match to another he is either flexible and tactically aware, or unsure what his best line up is. But it has to be one or the other because everyone has to have an opinion. Because opinions, even when there are limited facts available […]

Fulham v Arsenal: latest injury updates and Fulham’s weakness

By Bulldog Drummond

Nothing too dramatic in the injury news so far: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has recovered from his illness and is available for the game. Of the rest of the injured, there is not much change – just some general progress…

Ainsley Maitland-Niles expects to be back to full training in about a week. Petr […]

Matchweek 8 – The Match officials. Expect 17 free kicks to Fulham

by Andrew Crawshaw

Here is the full list of officials for this coming weekend from

Last night: Friday 5 October

20:00 Brighton v West Ham United Referee: Kevin Friend Assistants: Matthew Wilkes, Simon Beck

Fourth official: Simon Hooper

Today: Saturday 6 October

15:00 Burnley v Huddersfield Town Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Assistants: Daniel Cook, Sian […]

Fill em up v Arsenal. A first attempt at the team and the home/away form

By Bulldog Drummond

We’ve talked so much about Arsenal’s current run of form, let’s have a look at what it has been like for our next challengers. Fulham at the Cottage.

Here’s their form thus far…

Date Game Res Score Competition 11 Aug 2018 Fulham v Crystal Palace L 0-2 Premier League 18 Aug 2018 […]