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EPL REFEREE REVIEW 2012: How it all started…..

By Walter Broeckx

First article in this series can be read here

Every football supporter will have a moment that after a game he is angry about the referee. And if you are a football supporter that never said a word about a ref I can only wonder if you are a true supporter of […]

EPL REFEREE REVIEW 2012: Introduction to a historic study

By Walter Broeckx

Did you ever felt the ref didn’t do his job properly? Can you remember yourself swearing and shouting at the ref? Did you ever think the ref must have been blind to not see that obvious foul? Have you ever felt like throwing objects towards the ref at the end of the […]

The refs and Newcastle, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal

By Walter Broeckx

Did the big decisions go against Newcastle last season?

As you all should now by now it is important to get the big decisions going in your favour. But it also is important to get the small fouls on the field in your favour. Because that is the way you can have […]

Spurs will be Spurs will be Spurs – but what exactly will that mean next season?

By Phil Gregory

While “Sky Sports understands…” may or may not ever be true, it seems Spurs are closing in on their new manager which could well be Andre Villas Boas of Chelsea acclaim. This got me thinking about their squad and chances for next season, particularly with Gareth Bale signing a new contract recently.

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The refs and QPR, Aston Villa, Stoke, Sunderland and Norwich City

By Walter Broeckx

Does it help to have the QPR owner sponsoring the PGMOL?

At the start of the season some voices spoke in concern about the fact that the sponsor of Queens Park Rangers also sponsored the refs organisation PGMOL.

Let us say that this isn’t the ideal situation to have. Could the sponsor […]

The refs and Swansea, Fulham, Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea

By Walter Broeckx

Was there anything suspicious to see when the refs came to Swansea?

Swansea was a new team in the PL at the start of last season. And they played football in a rather nice way. Not kicking the ball just up field and starting the charge of the light brigade. No they […]

10 reasons why England were awful at the Euros.

By Tony Attwood

England for once started as no hopers. Normally we start as the team that is going to sweep all before us, because we are so good. We know we are so good because we are England. The rest of them will be quaking in their boots.

But this time we didn’t. […]

Musing on the midfield – does Arsenal need a playmaker?

By Phil Gregory

Looking at the midfield for next season, two words loom large: Jack Wilshere. The youngster was a huge player during his breakthrough season which culminated in a sublime display in that fantastic 2-1 victory over Barcelona but missed the entirety of last season after picking up what was initially thought to be […]

The ref reviews for the season are coming: WBA, Wolves, Wigan, Blackburn and Bolton

By Walter Broeckx

We are now just about ready to start publishing the ref reviews for the 2011/12 season – a season in which we reviewed 40% of all the games in the premier league. So just a brief moment before we start to ponder a few key questions, such as…

Was West Bromwich Albion […]

Arsenal appoint Terry Burton as new reserve boss

By Tony Attwood

It seems that 59 year old Terry Burton is going to be the new Arsenal Reserve coach.

Terry has been first team coach at Sheffield Wednesday for the last few months, but has a history with Arsenal, as he was the captain of Arsenal’s FA Youth Cup winning side in 1971, and […]

A Van Persie-Giroud partnership? And Podolski?

By Phil Gregory

Arsenal.com published an interesting article on our new signing Olivier Giroud. The part that caught my eye was the debate around whether Giroud will be a starter with Robin or not (leaving aside all contract chat for now).

In it, Philippe Auclair said “I can imagine a 4-4-1-1 with Robin van Persie […]

Are Rangers about to follow the Royal Arsenal approach to football?

By Tony Attwood

I keep coming back to the Rangers issue for one simple reason: I think we are seeing unfolding in Scotland something that could change the very fabric of football across the world.

And because I think there is a growing chance that Rangers will adopt a solution that Royal Arsenal FC […]

Giroud signs – so who will be departing?

By Phil Gregory

With Giroud announced officially this morning, talk has inevitably turned to what this means for the rest of the squad. Doomsayers cry that it means RvP is on his way out, whereas the more sane of us accept that is still a possibility, but argue that it is more plausible Olivier is […]

Told you so: Giroud is here and will score 14 goals next season

By Walter Broeckx

Well finally the word is out. What we have been saying a few months now is official. Giroud has joined Arsenal.

The 1,92m tall French striker and international comes over from the French champion Montpellier.

He was their top scorer in their last campaign that brought them the title after a fierce […]

Football has changed into a ‘killer instinct’ game: the statistical evidence

EURO 2012: Who would have been the quarter finalists based on statistical performance?

By Darsei Canhasi

Chelsea got their 1st corner of the game on the 88th minute and scored. Meanwhile Bayern wasted 20 corners without scoring from them. The game ended with Bayern having 8 shots on target, 18 shots off target, whereas […]

EuroWatch: only the German Gunners left… plus murmurings for Marco Reus.

By Phil Gregory

Laurent Koscielny’s France crashed out against Spain it was possibly one of the most dull matches I can remember having watching. Laurent will be pleased with the start and performance he put in against a Spain side that dominated possession but didn’t ask too many questions going forward, content with keeping the […]

Giroud: the asking price was quoted as £50m. So what did we pay? (And Mr Wenger’s comments)

By Tony Attwood

It is extraordinary that with a set of forward line options that includes

Van Persie Giroud Gervinho Podolski Oxlade Chamberlain Walcott Ryo

and with two players (Chamakh and Park) expected to leave or go on loan the media is still talking about who Arsenal will buy in the forward line.

Maybe it […]

To find out how well refs did in 2011/12 we analysed their every move. Now we move to the findings.

By Walter Broeckx

Dear Untold readers, (and also Dear new readers who visit us over here for the first time),

Welcome to a new series of articles that we are about to present you. In the next days and weeks you will be able to see what is more or less top secret. Untold will […]

2012/13 month by month. Every main story before it happens.

By our resident astrologer, Gypsy “The Dog” McGraw

August: Having failed to resolve the issue of who the Old Rangers players were contracted to, the New Rangers start life in the 3rd Division of the Scottish League with a new team made up of loanees from Arsenal’s youth and reserve teams. They win the first […]

The last Untold Ref Review: Wigan Athletic 4 – 0 Newcastle United. Now for the fun.

AND THIS LADIES AND GENTLEMAN IS IT. This is the last Untold Ref Review of the season.

Now the only thing you have to do is to sit and wait for the summary of all those reviews. And I can already say that Untold Arsenal is writing history with these ref reviews. I really hope […]

Ray Parlour, Martin Keown will play in the FA Cup this coming season

By Tony Attwood

Ray Parlour and Martin Keown will play in the FA Cup this season, with David Seaman as the side’s goal keeping coach.

Budweiser has signed our old chums to play/coach for Wembley FC, the non-league side it sponsors, in the FA Cup, which it sponsors. Also.

Bud give the Racist-by-Association (see […]

Uefa is racist, and by association so is the FA.

By Tony Attwood

According to official observers at the Euros, Italy’s Balotelli was subjected to monkey chants by between 300 and 500 Croatia supporters during a group game. There were also accusations of a banana being thrown onto the pitch at the Municipal Stadium.

Uefa expressing its horror fined Croatia €80,000 for the setting-off […]

Robin Van Persie, match fixing and icecreams

By Tony Attwood

Arsène Wenger has said publicly that there’s no chance of Robin van Persie going to Juventus.

The reasons given by Mr Wenger are interesting. It is said that Juve have sent Pavel Nedved to talk to Robin – although it may be that the prime reason for his contacting various clubs is […]

How much longer Fifa/Uefa and Fiba, how much longer…

By Walter Broeckx

In June 2010 I wrote an article about the not given goal from England against Germany on the World cup. England lost the game and went out of the tournament. If England could have beaten Germany remains to be seen as Germany looked the stronger team on the day. But being the […]

Arsenal Euro watch: group stage round up and looking ahead to the Quarter Finals

By Phil Gregory

With the group games done and dusted, the ranks of Arsenal men at the Euros has thinned somewhat. Most surprisingly, a Russia side who started impressively have fallen by the wayside, and with them Andrei Arshavin. Russia’s departure means that the situation regarding our little Russian’s Arsenal future will be a little […]