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November 2015

Are all muscular injuries, muscular injuries?

By Walter Broeckx

I have been writing in the past about injuries. I even wrote a whole series in which we looked at the different types of injuries that Arsenal players had suffered.

One of the debating points was of course when an injury is caused by contact or not. I remember some not agreeing […]

This wouldn’t have happened with a better manager, like… Guardiola

By Walter Broeckx

In their haste to blame the Alexis injury all on Wenger and Wenger alone some people come up with everything they can find.

Alexis shouldn’t have played against Norwich. And yes talking as usual with hindsight it would have been better if he hadn’t played.

Now of course Wenger is the one […]

Match report: Norwich – Arsenal 1-1

By Walter Broeckx

Sorry for the late match report this time but had to attend a meeting before the match so no computer nearby to write it down immediately. But still took some notes of course.


A rather quiet opening to the match in the first minutes. A first attempt from Alexis from outside […]

Norwich Arsenal, the facts and figures and some made up stuff too.

By Bulldog Drummond

Continuing the most in-depth and at times slightly silly preview of the match, which has already included

Norwich v Arsenal: Arsenal to field only nine players because of injury crisis Bumping into the Arsenal squad at London Luton Airport, and toffs, when coming out of Norwich Norwich v Arsenal 29 November […]

Norwich v Arsenal: Arsenal to field only nine players because of injury crisis

By Bulldog Drummond . Yes it certainly is tough days for Arsenal with everyone including have the managerial staff, most of the ball boys and girls and quite a few of those people who stand in the gangways so you can’t get to and from your seat easily, all injured. . I know this […]

Bumping into the Arsenal squad at London Luton Airport, and toffs when coming out of Norwich

By Tony Attwood

Last night, me and the Arsenal team went to Luton Airport.

Unfortunately we didn’t bump into each other but of course we might have done, and in these days of football journalism even a 1% chance is worthy of a headline claiming it happened.

I was there to meet Mandy who was […]

Norwich v Arsenal 29 November 2015 – The Match Officials

Norwich v Arsenal 29 November 2015 – The Match Officials

by Andrew Crawshaw

One new referee reviews to add in to the Table of Shame which now looks like this :-

Wrong Important Decisions Favouring Arsenal Favouring Opponents 2nd Yellow Cards 0 14 Red Cards 0 7 Penalties 1 11 Goals 0 4 Total 1 […]

When opinion is formed without evidence it can get screamingly side-splittingly funny

By Tony Attwood

On Thursday 26 November the sports editor of the Guardian ordered his staff out of the pub and told them to write articles under the heading

Premier League: the race for the title (and Europe)

A thrillingly open Premier League season has left more than half the teams chasing big prizes. We […]

A big stick to beat our dead horse with

……….Don McMahon

“The big sticks they carry are in reality tiny twigs and the dead horse they try and beat is, in actual fact, a magnificent stallion that is beginning to kick their collective arses and will rise above them all come May.”


Arsenal are now in a crisis of sorts, having […]

Who would you chose to be in your team? Irrespective of the fact that they are not available

. MY EXTREME FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAM . . From The Brickfields Gunners Blog . . Do you remember that great old football ad from Nike where the devil ‘s team took on the stars of world football? No? Here quickly watch it and get up to speed.

‘After Chelsea’s poor start to the season, […]


By Usama & Walter

BAYERN MUNICH vs. ARSENAL COMPETITION: UEFA Champions League MATCH NO. 4 DATE: 4th November 2015 VENUE: Allianz-Arena (Munich, Germany)


REFEREE: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy) 1st LINESMAN: Elenito Di Liberatore (Italy) 2nd LINESMAN: Mauro Tonolini (Italy) 4th OFFICIAL: Andrea Padovan (Italy)

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by […]

Northampton and Leeds in a mess; using taxpayers money, the role of the local MP; the hopelessness of the League.

by Tony Attwood

Why is it that football clubs make such easy pickings for criminals? We’ve often noted clubs from Portsmouth to Rangers and the way they have been destroyed from within and you might wonder if the Football League and Scottish League shouldn’t by now be alert to the tricks that crooks play […]

Which is the dirtiest team in the Premier League, who are the dirtiest players?

By Tony Attwood

Following my occasional jaunts around statistics in terms of how well expensive players do when they are brought into a team, and how many players are injured, I thought it might be interesting to look at the team committing the most fouls in the Premier League.

I’m interested […]

Ref Review : WBA – Arsenal

By Usama & Walter


COMPETITION: English Premier League MATCH NO. 13 DATE: 21st November 2015 VENUE: The Hawthorns (West Bromwich, England)


REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg 1st LINESMAN: Simon Beck 2nd LINESMAN: Jake Collin 4th OFFICIAL: Stuart Attwell

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For […]

The strange story of how “Wenger confirms Arsenal have found emergency replacement for Coquelin”

By Sir Hardly Anyone.

This is a story from the Daily Football Blog, which is identical in style, design, format and attitude, to the Football Columnist blog which is identical in style, design, format and attitude to Gooners Den, which is … (ok you get the idea)

The […]

Looking back at some individual players’ performances

By Walter Broeckx

When looking back at the Zagreb match the only thing I can say is that it sure had a few moments of utter brilliance in it. And even a few of those moments not even resulted in a goal in fact. And we had a few top class performers all over the […]

I’m afraid it is an injury crisis now

Tim Charlesworth


In the last few weeks, I have been desperately trying to persuade myself that we are not in an injury crisis. A genuine injury crisis is the sort of thing that destroys title challenges. A few minor muscular injuries are not a disaster. Over a season, you are bound to get a […]

Arsenal v Zagreb, the world turned upside down.

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal have a mega injury crisis. We know that because it is in all the papers. But the Daily Mail today publishes a piece bemoaning the fate of poor Joel Campbell who, Adam Shergold writes, “produced one of his best performances in the red shirt as the Gunners won handsomely […]

Match report: Arsenal – Dinamo Zagreb 3-0

By Walter Broeckx

Arsenal has made a few changes for this match. In the place of the injured Coquelin came Flamini. And Joel Campbell started in the place of Gibbs.

On the bench for the first time in a month we find Aaron Ramsey who was back in full training since this week. Also on […]

Arsenal play a team whose player failed a drug test. So what is Uefa’s reaction?

By Tony Attwood

Arsène Wenger has revealed that the response of Uefa to his criticism of the way they handle doping has been to send 10 anti-doping officers to Arsenal’s training ground last Friday to carry out random checks on his players.

And who would expect otherwise? Target Zagreb? Ask why Olympiacos F.C. are still […]

Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb; there are matters lurking beneath

This preview is respectfully dedicated to the memory of Adam Brogden

by Joe

Let’s start with a rather bizarre story about continuity. Or lack of it.

You see, nobody knows for sure how old GNK (“GNK” stands for “Građanski nogometni klub” or “Bourgeois football club“) Dinamo Zagreb actually is. If you take the current official […]

A typical week in the life of an Arsenal scout

By Danny Karbassiyoon

Danny Karbassiyoon is an ex-Arsenal player who went on to become Arsenal’s scout in North and Central America. Danny’s autobiography, Danny Karbassiyoon – what’s it like? will be published by Untold Arsenal in the next couple of months.

Before receiving a phone call from Arsenal’s Chief Scout with an offer to […]

No, you couldn’t predict this injury

By Walter Broeckx

On the moment I am writing this we still don’t know how serious the injury from Francis Coquelin is. But that it would be a big blow for Arsenal if the rumours of him being out for 3 to 6 months would be correct is something I will not deny.

As usual […]

Predictions Predictions


By Mashwar

Well, for the last six months I have been reading all about predictions on who is coming in at Arsenal and who is going out and what do we require most as if all the writers of these sizzling articles are phenomenal mind readers and can read all Arsene Wenger thoughts (may […]

There has to be some good news somewhere. Ah, here it is

By Tony Attwood

Of course defeats get me down. They always have, ever since I was a child supporting a very weak Arsenal team indeed.

But I learned, as I moved out of childhood, that you can’t let these things get at you. I can’t do anything about Arsenal’s performance; indeed I’m not sure […]