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Amazingly I’ve never been arrested at a football match, but I did get annoyed with the Daily Telegraph

By Tony Attwood

And thus here I am in Norfolk, a diminutive and rather flat state separated from England by language, and its vision of life, the universe, and reality. Although never given formal independence from the UK, the fact that no member of the government has been here since the days of Edward and […]

Arsenal confirm Nigerian duo signing as Debuchy heads for the exit

By Sir Hardly Anyone

I’ve taken that headline not, as you might believe, from a little blogetta that makes things up, but from the Independent, a supposedly reputable newspaper in the UK. Now maybe they are right, but if so it is a bit interesting that there is no mention on or in […]

FA Cup : Arsenal – Burnley 2-1 A good run out

By Walter Broeckx

Rather a lot of changes in the starting line up for this FA cup match.

The most important one was of course the fact that Mohamed Elneny made his debut for Arsenal. And also a first start since his injury in mid november for Francis Coquelin.

For the rest we had Chambers […]

Arsenal v Burnley: you don’t win things with kids, you don’t win without kids


By Bulldog Drummond

Burnley were relegated from the Premier League and are now looking to come back up, so an FA Cup run is not the primary thing on their mind – promotion is much more important, as is not getting anyone injured at this stage of the season. The income […]

Arsenal v Burnley FA Cup Fourth Round Saturday 30 January – The Match Officials

by Andrew Crawshaw

Referee – Roger East Assistants – Simon Bennett and Marc Perry Fourth Official – Frederic Graham

Roger East is from Wiltshire and this will be only the third time he has refereed in an Arsenal game.

This Season His only appearance this season was at the end of December in our 2 […]

The referee wheels are slowly starting to turn

By Walter Broeckx

In the past we have written a lot about referees. And we have always been very much in favour of not just judging referees but also in helping referees.

I know it still is not done in some referee circles to say that referees need extra assistance during matches. Some people still […]

Referee Review: Arsenal – Chelsea

By Usama & Walter Broeckx


COMPETITION: English Premier League MATCH NO. 23 DATE: 24th January 2016 VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)


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

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & […]

The love that dare not speak its name, part the second

The love that dare not speak its name


By Tim Charlesworth

Many thanks to those of you who resisted the temptation to abuse me after part one of my homage to Tottenham Hotspur. For those who didn’t resist, I remind you of Arsene’s post-Stoke words: ‘Maybe when […]

The love that dare not speak its name, part the first. A secret regard for Tottenham.

. By Tim Charlesworth .

I recently saw a film about Charles Darwin, author of ‘Origin of Species’. This has a legitimate claim to being the most influential book of all time. One of the themes of the film, was Darwin’s moral struggle with his theory of evolution. He realised it would undermine […]

The date no Arsenal fan will ever forget. By Bob Wilson



Bob Wilson has most kindly contributed this article for Untold, to coincide with the publication of Arsenal: The Long Sleep 1953-1970 by John Sowman, for which Bob has written the introduction.


Tuesday 28th April 1970. By Bob Wilson OBE

Tuesday 28th April 1970 is a date […]

Arsenal legend Bob Wilson contributes an article on Untold


I don’t think anyone who supports Arsenal – no matter how recent their conversion to the cause – can not know about our goal keeping legend Bob Wilson. And today I’m knocked out beyond belief to say that Bob has written an article for Untold Arsenal.

Bob started out by training as a teacher […]

It appears to be Chelsea that Real Mad have been gunning for on illegal transfers

By Tony Attwood

Just a week ago – on 21 January – I wrote a little piece about the rules surrounding the transfer of children to football clubs. But what are the rules?

Like most of the articles on Untold that look at the rules and regulations it didn’t get a huge readership, but […]

It’s time to start arresting people in the big wide world of football.

What links Northampton Town, Napoli and Milan?

Seems like they have today all been linked to rumours about naughty things going on with money.

To start with Northampton, in 2005 David Cardoza had a wheeze that Sixfields Stadium could be doubled in size, although quite why was never clear. It was rarely […]

Seven Premier League Referees record accuracy ratings below the normal acceptance level

By the Untold Team

Imagine a game of football between two fairly balanced, evenly matched teams. Each team commits some fouls, but neither team is much worse than the other. We’ll call the teams the Reds and the Blues

And let’s imagine (since this is all quite imaginary) that this game between these two teams […]

Six days to go and the Arsenal transfer machine is about to explode into life.

By Sir Hardly Anyone

You have to be sorry for the bloggetta writers, day after day after whatnot pumping out the same dross telling us that player after player has already been signed, is on his way, has been seen in the estate agents with his mother etc etc.

Only to find none of […]

When TV, radio and the newspapers invent a football story with no basis in fact, what’s happening?

By Tony Attwood

Over the years I have become very interested in the way that the media do and don’t report certain issues in football. Perhaps the most famous was the Rangers tax case in which one web site constantly hacked away at the story while the Scottish media ignored it totally and the English […]

Destroying the game: how the stand off between Sky and fans over fixture changes can be resolved

By Tony Attwood

I am as appalled as anyone over the way Sky has had the power to change the timing of the Leicester game, not least because I know how much difficulty this has meant for Walter and the members of Arsenal Belgium. And not just because I count these guys as my friends, […]

Death by ankle tap: A most curious moment in the history of Arsenal

By Tony Attwood

I recall during my student days when I was an active member of the students’ union, taking part in one of our regular political debates when one fellow student rose up and commented that what I had just said was in contradiction to something I had said at another meeting a couple […]

Arsenal – Chelsea 0-1: 10 man Arsenal can’t turn it around.

By Walter Broeckx

One change at the start and that was Mesut Özil back in the team and Oxlade-Chamberlain went back to the bench.

At that bench we saw for the first time after a few months Alexis next to Mohamed Elneny.

Team at the start: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Flamini, Campbell, Ozil, […]

Arsenal v Chelsea the teams. Arsenal are bottom of the league (for indiscipline)

Bulldog Drummond continues his review of the Arsenal v Chelsea game

The most important thing of course is that we score against Chelsea. Because if we don’t it will six league games without scoring against them – equalling our worst record ever in the PL, which is six games without a goal between 1997 and […]

Arsenal v Chelsea. Who are the specialists in failure?

by Bulldog Drummond

The Specialist in Failure League

A win for Arsenal would leave Arsenal top of the league A defeat for Arsenal could leave us as low as third… two points behind the leaders. A win for Chelsea would leave them 13th or 14th. A defeat for Chelsea would leave them 14th, 15th or […]

Arsenal Chelsea, Sunday 24 January 2016 – The Match Officials

by Andrew Crawshaw

Here is the Table of Shame updated following the Liverpool game.

Wrong Important Decisions Favouring Arsenal Favouring Opponents 2nd Yellow Cards



Red Cards










January 23rd, 2016 | Category: Arsenal stories, Rules and referees | 22 comments - (Comments are closed)

Sky-way robbery? Time to fight back, football fans

by Ché ‘Blacksheep’ Guevara

The moving of the Arsenal v. Leicester City game from Saturday 13 February to lunchtime on the Sunday won’t inconvenience me from a travel perspective but it will give me an awkward decision to make (given its Valentine’s day). I think I know what I will do but at least I […]

How to become an Arsenal legend

Tim Charlesworth

I must confess, I am a little over-excited at the news that Coquelin is ‘back in training’. Of course, it is never quite clear what is meant by this sort of thing. Wenger can be a bit of tease, and it may well be that he is not ready to play for a […]

It’s the bloody TV companies that run and ruin football

By Walter Broeckx

Recently Tony has written a few articles about who is running football. Today I will be writing who is ruining football.

As you may know I am the president of Arsenal Belgium, the official supporters club of Arsenal in Belgium. And when we had a look at the fixture list a few […]