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Why do we keep getting the referee who always awards fouls against us?

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Half of the referees who took Arsenal games last season, have had an Arsenal game this season.

The man who took control of five Arsenal games last season and awarded more fouls against Arsenal per game than any other referee has already had four Arsenal games this season. At this […]

Arsenal back in the Champions League next season? It’s looking likely.

By Tony Attwood

Following my piece about media coverage this morning, I stumbled across another Mail article from the same writer as before which says, “Mikel Arteta would finally appear to be moving Arsenal forwards. It has taken a while and his team are still short of where they need to be, but there are […]

Arsenal’s progress is utterly stunning – and here is the absolute proof.

By Tony Attwood

There is a piece in the Daily Mail today by Ian Ladyman that says, “Mikel Arteta would finally appear to be moving Arsenal forwards. It has taken a while and his team are still short of where they need to be, but there are signs of progress.”

That sentence symbolises all that […]

How will we cope without Aubameyang during the Africa Cup of Nations?

By Tony Attwood

With the African confederation now being run not by African officials who have an understanding with the European Leagues where their best players play, but by Fifa head office in Switzerland, and with Fifa in ceaseless war with the club associations such as Uefa, it is not surprising that after a one-off […]

Arsenal disaster averted, Kroenke $750m fine, Juve in the mire, Totts director implicated

By Sir Hardly Anyone

When it all happens at once the football media invariably has one response: ignore it all and say Arsenal’s manager is in trouble.

It really is laughable… Prior to yesterday’s match the Daily Mirror – owners of Football.London, ran the headline Mikel Arteta in danger of repeating Unai Emery mistake […]

Have Arsenal truly recovered from those opening three defeats?

By Tony Attwood

There was a huge amount of publicity concerning the opening three league games of the season, with the media particularly enjoying ranting at Arteta and demanding his removal from the club, Some alleged Arsenal supporters went along with this, and comparisons were made between those three games and Arsenal throughout their history.

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For the second week running Arsenal face a team that uses fouls as a defence

By Tony Attwood

We noted last weekend how, in playing Arsenal, Liverpool upped their level of fouling dramatically – and ultimately disrupted both the Arsenal team and the Arsenal manager enough, to be able to take the game.

Newcastle are made of different stuff but once again the foul was the weapon of choice. While […]

Arsenal v Newcastle: videos of past games, and notes on past victories

By Bulldog Drummond

According to the Telegraph, speaking of Newcastle and the new manager’s regime, “Some players have been so tired after the more gruelling sessions that they had to go straight to bed when they got home.”

Which might help us along to getting the win and the rebuilding of confidence after the Liverpool […]

Arsenal v Newcastle: injuries, tackles, fouls, yellows and changing the team

By Bulldog Drummond

The story so far: Arsenal v Newcastle and when life in Europe really isn’t worth it

Both Arsenal and Newcastle are at the bottom end of the injury table – Arsenal with two men out and Newcastle with three. This compares with the upper reaches which includes Everton with nine men down, […]

Arsenal v Newcastle and when life in Europe really isn’t worth it

By Bulldog Drummond

We’ve often repeated the phrase “fourth is not trophy” which was endlessly used by the Anti-Wengerians during the record-breaking era of constant appearances in the Champions League. So often in fact that it hardly bears repeating – and yet as a symbol of getting into Europe […]

Which club has the dirtiest players in the Premier League this season?

by Tony Attwood

It’s a while since we’ve reiterated the rules on yellow cards (one of our three prime measures of club and player tactics) so in case you have forgotten they are…

Five yellows accumulated before match week 19 results in a one-match ban.

Ten yellows accumulated by week 32 will result […]

More Qatar arrests show that visitors and journalists alike are in danger

By Bulldog Drummond

On November 12 we ran a couple of stories about Qatar and the way the state is treating the migrant workers who have worked on the World Cup stadia and outbuildings, and on the way it is trying to suppress such stories. You might remember

Small publication threatened by Qatar World […]

25 minutes for half time? That’s what the international board are wanting

By Tony Attwood

According to an “exclusive” in the Daily Mail “Football’s lawmakers IFAB [are planning] to discuss increasing half-time to 25 MINUTES in a bid to accommodate Super Bowl-style entertainment shows.” (Their capitals, not mine. They do that sort of thing in the Mail).

They then go on to talk about the “15 minute […]

For Arsenal football is just a route to marketing opportunities, no matter how awful

By Tony Attwood

I can’t imagine that there are many football supporters for whom the playing of matches is not the key element within the notion of supporting a club. Unfortunately the attitude of many club owners is becoming increasingly removed from the vision of the supporters.

Because for many owners football is merely the […]

Last year after 12 games played, Tottenham were top, 7 years ago we were 8th

By Tony Attwood

Yes one year ago after 12 games played, Tottenham were top of the league. And just to prove that I am not making it all up, here is the table

Team P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Tottenham Hotspur 12 7 4 1 24 10 14 25 2 Liverpool […]

The new game for the billionaires: buying a multiplicity of football clubs

By Tony Attwood

Given that Arsenal have not graced the second tier of English football since the 1914/15 season* it might seem that worrying about the level of debt in the Championship is hardly relevant to an Arsenal blog.

But actually the state of affairs in the Championship is relevant to all of us, both […]

What factors (beside scoring goals) make a team rise up the league table?

By Tony Attwood

What helps a club get to toward the top of the league? Is it a policy of team rotation and using lots of players? Or the number of tackles that the side put in? Or maybe a propensity for fouling. Or perhaps the opposite – not fouling. Or maybe it is changing […]

An informative spot of media support for Arsenal following Klopp v Arteta

By Tony Attwood

I am very sorry to say that as usual I have not made myself clear to everyone in terms of my review of the Liverpool game relating to tackles, fouls and yellow cards – figures which if you are a regular reader you will know we have been tracking for over two […]

Reasons to think that the Premier League is not in control of its own destiny

by Tony Attwood

Gary Hoffman has left his job as chair of the Premier League after just 18 months in the job.

The reason is that the 18 clubs other than Newcastle and Manchester City didn’t like the way they were not consulted over giving the Saudi sovereign wealth fund the ok to […]

Liverpool v Arsenal – the rather alarming implications

by Tony Attwood

Liverpool’s decision in the game against Arsenal, dramatically to increase the level of fouling from its normal level is a statistical fact that can’t be denied.

Before this weekend’s game they had committed 107 fouls, at a rate of 9.73 per game. Now it is 122 at 10.17 a game. 15 fouls […]

Liverpool v Arsenal: Liverpool adopt a level of fouling not seen before

By Tony Attwood

The Arsenal policy, as we have tracked it over recent years, is to try and cut tackles down dramatically, and this of course has changed Arsenal’s style of play. In the end the referees are forced to reduce the number of fouls given against Arsenal players, simply because we are not tackling.

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For Arsenal it’s that déjà vu thing all over again

by Tony Attwood

On 26 September 1970 Arsenal lost 5-0 to Stoke City in the League. Which was surprising because prior to the match we had played nine, won five, drawn three and lost one. We were sitting third in the league and with a goal difference plus +11 (although they didn’t measure goal differences […]

Liverpool v Arsenal: the predicted line up and media ramblings

by Bulldog Drummond

Now here’s a sentence you don’t see everyday in the Evening Standard. Liverpool, we are told, are

Facing an Arsenal side in excellent form,

OK pause for a moment to pick yourself up off the floor, before we proceed to notice that the only problem with the little article is […]

Liverpool v Arsenal: how we have changed in just 12 games!

By Bulldog Drummond

It is of course self-evident that a win against Liverpool today would mean far more than three points. For the media’s utter devotion to Liverpool (which we used to symbolise by writing the club’s name always as Liverpool!) is as strong as ever. Explanations and excuses would follow of course, but it […]

Arsenal 42% more likely to get yellow card today than Liverpool.

By Bulldog Drummond

Arsenal enter the game against Liverpool with a significant disadvantage. In fact two significant disadvantages.

Which is interesting as the clubs are not that far apart from each other in the way they play. Arsenal make just about one tackle more per game than Liverpool. Given the speed and number of events […]