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Supporters are once more being treated with total contempt

By Tony Attwood

As you will have heard the match against Liverpool tomorrow has been postponed. The decision was made at lunchtime today, 5 January.

Quite honestly, I imagine that if the board of the EFL thought about the people who wanted to be at the game being messed around, their response would probably have […]

Arsenal Women – January 2022 Preview

by Andrew Crawshaw

This coming Sunday 09 January sees the resumption on the Women’s Super League, where We are, as yet undefeated.

Here is the current table

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Arsenal 9 8 1 0 30 3 27 25 2 Chelsea 9 7 0 2 27 6 […]

Liverpool and Arsenal: the tackles, fouls and yellow cards (in case the game is played)

By Bulldog Drummond

Given that the game against Liverpool may or may not be on (at the time of writing) I thought I’d do one of the sets of data that we normally cover ahead of the game, just in case the game goes ahead. And not least because the data is quite interesting of […]

Liverpool beg for mercy and ask for game against Arsenal to be postponed

By Dr Billy the Dog McGraw, head of the Department of Certain Things at the University College Hospital of the North Circular Road.

Liverpool as you will have heard, has asked for their league cup semi-final against Arsenal to be stopped on the grounds that although Liverpool are higher up the league than […]

How to sort matters out if games are being postponed wholesale…

By Tony Attwood

It is perhaps typical of football in England that despite the raging pandemic there seem to be no plans at all as to what to do if clubs can’t complete the season.

Fifa has already given full permission to its friends in Africa to carry on running their international tournament in the […]

Are Arsenal about to buy another shedload of players? Or just sell Auba?

By Tony Attwood

Allegedly, in the summer of 2007, Arsene Wenger described Arsenal as a club that “makes superstars”, rather than buying them. At least that is what a wide range of media outlets say.

Then, in March 2020, Daniel Levy commented that external perceptions of transfers can be different to the facts and also […]

The pundit’s need for his daily fix is football’s biggest enemy

To read about the free Arsenal video collection and about the new Arsenal Day by Day series, please see the note at the foot of this article.

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Bukayo Saka tipped to leave Arsenal as Mikel Arteta’s hardest task is spelled out

So shouts the Daily Mirror, telling us that […]

Is Mesut Özil soon to be a club owner?

Could Mesut Özil soon to be a club owner?

That is the question posed in the Swiss press today, in turn quoting Bild, the German newspaper. They say, (obviously in German) that “the former Real Madrid and Arsenal player, now at Fenerbahçe, would like to acquire Corum FK, a Turkish third division club.”

Now […]

“Mistakes are made, but officials are not biased”. The proof that they are.

By Tony Attwood

“Mike Dean is one of the worst referees in the history of world football, to me, and one of the worst men to have ever lived.”

That is how the daily article emailed from The Athletic begins. The article then goes on the list a few of Dean’s errors, before saying, “Dean, […]

Why it could be a mistake for Arsenal to buy a new centre forward

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Our last three defeats (Manchester United, Everton and Manchester City) have all been by one goal. This is in contrast to our first four defeats in which we failed to score and conceded 13 (Brentford, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool).

So clearly Arsenal has improved. We are still sometimes getting beaten, but […]

More evidence to suggest PGMO is not acting fair with Arsenal

By Tony Attwood

You may have noticed that over time I have often made the suggestion that in the Premier League no club should get the same referee more than twice in a season.

And if you take the time to read the comments made on Untold you might have noticed that this has been […]

£24000 a game offered by the Mafia to Uefa referees to fix matches

30’000 francs offers from the mafia to UEFA referees

That is the headline in the Swiss paper 20min, and normally at this point I’d be saying “Why do the Europeans cover these stories but not the English papers?”

But in fact this time it is the other way around, because the story broke in […]

It’s not the transfer window that’s the issue it is AFCON

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Players have started to pack their bags, as tomorrow, 3 January is the day by which they are obliged to turn up at their national training camp for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The government’s official website on travelling abroad refers readers thinking about being in Cameroon […]

Arsenal match Man City, but can’t beat the ref. But why do refs behave like this?

By Tony Attwood

In our pre-game article we used the home/away analysis that is regularly included before a match, this time to suggest that the result might be closer than was generally considered by the pro-Mancunian punidts…

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts 2 Arsenal home 9 7 1 1 17 […]

Manchester City v Arsenal: The Team

by Bulldog Drummond

According to the BBC website Arsenal don’t have a chance as they suggest, “As much as Arsenal have improved, and as good as their home record is – only Manchester City’s is better this season – there is still a huge gulf between these two sides.

“The […]

Arsenal v Manchester City: the head to heads and historical comparisons

by Bulldog Drummond

Despite Manchester City’s near invulnerability since they gained the sponsorship of middle eastern oil money, took on the Premier League into an eternally rambling on court case about finances (which it seems will simply end by the court ruling that the League is out of time), took on Uefa who lost because […]

Arsenal v Manchester City: are injuries related to the level of tackling?

by Bulldog Drummond

The injury list of players that we have been running, ahead of each Arsenal game for years and years has never previously been like this, including both on-pitch injuries and cases of the pandemic. Nor can I recall when we last recorded a player being missing from a squad because he was […]

Arsenal v Manchester City: the prognostications

By Bulldog Drummond

At the moment of writing this match is still on, with Arsenal’s touchline made up of skeletons (or to quote the Telegraph “Arsenal could host Man City with a skeleton coaching staff”) but with the way things are going, who knows what will happen.

However on the basis that we are […]

Are football journalists biased, lazy or just ignorant?

By Tony Attwood

If you are a regular reader you will know that whereas when crowds were present, the home teams in the Premier League were likely to win games more often than the away team. Since games have been played without crowds present the reverse has been true.

The explanation for this (as I’ve […]

Clubs that get most yellow cards are NOT clubs committing the most fouls.

By Tony Attwood

Why West Ham can commit twice as many fouls as Newcastle, before getting a single yellow card.

Yes it is true. The number of yellow cards received by a club, is not directly related to the number of fouls committed.

Indeed the number of fouls clubs need to commit before seeing […]

Exactly why we are predicting Arsenal to finish ahead of Tottenham in fourth.

by Tony Attwood

A little while back we looked at Arsenal’s chances of securing a top four position. But on 20 December the Telegraph ran the piece Premier League top-four odds: Arsenal overtake local rivals so I thought it time to look again.

In fact that article in the Telegraph doesn’t actually say Arsenal are […]

How a manager’s comments are not always what they seem

By Tony Attwood

Thomas Tuchel has been strong in his criticism of the Premier League for sticking with its schedule and its Christmas / New Year scheduling of games; a tradition that goes back to the expansion of the league in 1919.

And ok, maybe we can agree that occasionally the game needs a voice […]

Why having a scoring centre forward is not always essential.

By Tony Attwood

Just because people make a lot of noise about an issue, that doesn’t mean that the issue is important.

Take for example the issue of Aubameyang and goal scoring. We know Mr Arteta seems to want to emphasise authority, and seemingly he is doing it again here. Very different from the public […]

Transfer system is in chaos – but Arsenal are getting away comparatively lightly

By Tony Attwood

Way back in August the Daily Mirror announced that “Arsenal’s fanbase has been riddled with arguments and in-fighting in recent years.” What they didn’t add were two key points. One was that a lot of the stoking of the discontent was the doing of the media, and the other is “and by […]

How many spare places do we have in the squad for purchases in January?

According to Sky, Arsenal were the top spending team last year…

Arsenal: £156.8m Man Utd: £133.7m Man City: £100.0m Chelsea: £97.5m Aston Villa: £93.0m West Ham: £63.3m Tottenham: £57.1m Leicester: £55.0m Leeds: £43.0m Liverpool: £36.0m

Each squad contains no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “HGP Player” category The rest of the […]