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Football is now in deep crisis, and it is hard to find a solution

By Tony Attwood

So this is where we’ve got to.

1: By and large the players in the Premier League, following the lead of their union, are refusing to take pay cuts. Some very public players in Europe are taking pay cuts.

2: Clubs are laying off lesser paid staff, and telling them they will […]

The day Arsenal broke the Premier League: the view from overseas

By Christophe Jost

I must be transparent. I do not live in the UK, I am of German and Swiss descent, work in France and Switzerland, and have lived in quite a few countries so far in my life.

Some of the countries are rich, some are poor. So my vision may be a galaxy […]

Premier League: The best bromances of the league

Premier League: The best bromances of the league

For centuries, football has always gathered millions of fans around the world regardless of race or religion. However, apart from this solidarity around football fans, it also happens that links are formed between players of the same team.

We tend to forget it but football is above […]

Arteta warns that players are starting to crack under the pressure. But will anything change?

By Tony Attwood

There are two ways to imagine football as and when the current crisis is all over.

One is that everything picks up from where it left off, with the same competitions, the same number of games, the same financial situation, the same funding etc. The other is that this crisis will cause […]

Will footballers actually want to come to England in future?

By Christophe Jost and Tony Attwood

As you may have heard, the UK in general and England in particular has gone its own way in dealing with the coronavirus crisis.

And inevitably that has meant a certain amount of uncertainty and worry about what Britain is doing, and what effect it will have.

Now that […]

Premier League: No one seems to have planned for anything to go wrong.

By Tony Attwood

In the last set of figures presented via annual accounts, the 20 clubs in the Premier League were shown to have a turnover of £4.827 bn. Which is quite a lot of money.

Their wages bill was just over half that. 58% to be (more or less) exact.

Now obviously the virus […]

When will this season end, and when will next season start? It’s not that easy to work out.

By Tony Attwood

Next season is due to start on Saturday 8 August.

And according to the standard contracts operated by the Premier League and by the English Football League, players are entitled to “five weeks paid holiday to be taken at a time or times determined by the club – subject to the club’s […]

Arsenal in lockdown, football not in lockdown – horse racing says “tally ho!”

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal locked down, Arsenal fans locked out, government and horse racing says “carry on, carry on!”

See also…

What do the terms and conditions of my season ticket say about coronavirus?

Everywhere shuts down, except England. No one knows what to do except President Trump who knows everything because […]

Few journalists ever criticise the state of football… so why is it starting now?

By Tony Attwood

I am shocked, amazed, stunned, bemused.

For 12 years we have been plodding away, writing up the notion that the reporting of football is warped by the media to suit their own needs and ends, and those of their powerful allies.

Among the many examples found are those suggesting that key stories […]

The 8 key questions that football journalists simply won’t ever ask

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By Tony Attwood

One of the many odd consequences of the way in […]

How “The Athletic” touches on issues without realising what they are

by Tony Attwood

It is interesting to see The Athletic in a current article taking an interest in AFTV, and recognising (perhaps a little late in the day) that not everyone who claims to be an Arsenal supporter actually likes AFTV. But I do find it a little frustrating that articles like this are presented […]

The 14 men tipped to be Arsenal’s next manager (although hopefully not all at once).

By Adam Up

 

Untold Gooner News video: A lesson in how to silence the critics

 

The Daily Mirror has done an update of the list of men said to be “in the running” for the job of Arsenal coach, and what do you know. Although the list is remarkably similar to the […]

West Ham v Arsenal; result prediction, a minus one all draw.

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By Bulldog Drummond

Once upon a time we played league games on Saturdays at 3pm. Funny old idea that was. It meant you could have lunch with […]

Man U and Tottenham fans follow Gooners on the path of self-destruction

By Tony Attwood

I wouldn’t normally focus enormously on one particular blog and its commentary, but the headline today of “This is why we want you gone: these Arsenal fans can’t quite believe Unai Emery’s latest comments ” really made me wonder if there is any end to the madness, or whether it just goes […]

Why are supercomputers getting their predictions wrong and how to outsmart them

By Bulldog Drumond

There have been 30 Premier League games so far this season. But only 10 of them have been home wins. That is, rather obviously, 33% of matches that have ended in home wins. Last season it was 48%.

And what makes this quite interesting is that this is a sudden change after […]

Why does everyone in football seem to have something to hide?

By Tony Attwood

Are there cover ups in football? Cover ups of corruption, incompetence, match fixing, the old boys network looking after each other, abuse of money, abuse of power, that sort of thing….

Certainly in the case of the child sex abuse scandals that have swept across English football in recent years it looks […]

What the Africa Cup of Nations means for Premier League players and their clubs

By Sir Hardly Anyone

As you may have noticed, the Africa Cup of Nations has begun. A little later than planned, but it has begun.

What it means is that those players involved will not be available at the start of the season since they won’t have had a proper summer rest. In this case […]

Fifa corruption as rife as ever, but English tax payers keep funding them.

 

 

By Tony Attwood

 

On 27 May 2015 Untold ran this headline

If Fifa execs had read Untold in January they would have known they were going to be arrested

That story related back to our piece on 22 January that year which itself had the headline

Switzerland take a greater interest in […]

Is football fixed? The final chapter: match fixing in Spain.

By Tony Attwood

So far in this series:

Is football fixed? Part 1: The logical reason why we might well think so. Is football fixed? Part II: why we need to have change

I had already written the two previous “Football is Fixed” articles that appeared yesterday, when the news came in that the match […]

Is football fixed? Part II: why we need to have change

By Tony Attwood

This article concludes the discussion on why change is needed in the way football is run in the Premier League.

As the Guardian pointed out, when Southampton were beaten 6-1 by Manchester City, the expected goals result suggested a 2-2 draw. And we say, ah well, stuff happens. Or we might […]

Is football fixed? Part 1: The logical reason why we might well think so.

By Tony Attwood

There are two answers to the notion that football is fixed, which journalists and bloggers like to trot out over and over again.

The first is that the people who suggest football is fixed are simply loopy – that they go around wearing tin hats, believe that the BBC […]

What You Need to Know About Attending English Football Matches

It goes without saying that unless you’re English, you’ll have no clue of the immense passion that is deep-rooted in the sport of football, which has become ingrained in the nation’s culture over generations. In this article, we have listed some of the essential tips that non-native English football attendees need to know before […]

The easiest way to make a profit out of Arsenal’s fixtures next season

By Tony Attwood

There is no doubt that a lot of readers who are critical both of Arsenal and of my approach to Arsenal, argue that it is dead simple to predict Arsenal’s results because the manager is a turnip who insists on playing players such as Mustafi, Lichsteiner, Jenkinson, Kolasinac, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Xhaka […]

Why are the scandals involving football so often removed from most of the media?

By Tony Attwood

I have written many times before about the child sex abuse scandals in English football, and my dismay at the way that the media has been handling them. If you want a quick re-run there is an article at https://untold-arsenal.com/archives/61818 – there have been a fair number since.

Football doesn’t want to […]

The curious issue of what managers say about their players

By Tony Attwood

I am about to toddle off to the other side of the world so I may not be able to clear all the comments that come in – more on that in the next post. But first here is a little thought that popped into my head.

Mr Emery is mostly very […]