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What Arsenal really needs

By Zuruvi

The season is coming to an end and it is time for some introspection and reflection. Why didn’t Arsenal win this league title or any trophy this year? Wasn’t this league title there for the taking? Will the present squad provide us the fans with confidence that we will do better next […]

Arsenal v West Brom Thursday 21 April 2016 – The Match Officials

by Andrew Crawshaw

Following the review of the West Ham Game here is the updated Table of Shame and yes the wrong Important Decisions against Arsenal have now reached 100 and the cost in points is 27

Table of Shame

Wrong Important Decisions Favouring Arsenal Favouring Opponents 2nd Yellow Cards 1 44 Red Cards 2 […]

The 29 players signed by and linked to Arsenal 10 weeks before the transfer window!

By Sir Hardly Anyone

It is extraordinary to think that no one has ever put together a cumulative list of players who, according to the bloggettas and their chums in the rapidly declining newspapers, have signed for Arsenal this summer – or at least are very close to doing so.

[Incidentally, before going on, vis […]

REF REVIEW WEST HAM – ARSENAL: A new entry in the table of shame


COMPETITION: English Premier League MATCH NO. 32 DATE: 9th April 2016 VENUE: Boleyn Ground (London, England) MATCH OFFICIALS: REFEREE: Craig Pawson 1st LINESMAN: Lee Betts 2nd LINESMAN: Darren Cann 4th OFFICIAL: Jon Moss

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points 03:08 […]

Group 2 of our potential manager list: Dragan Stojkovic, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp

This is the third in our occasional series about the next manager at Arsenal. The first two articles were…

The task facing the next manager, what he has to achieve, and how can he do it?

The task facing the next manager: tactics, referees and candidates review

Now we move on to Group 2 of […]

Arsenal – Crystal Palace: 1-1 : A come back from catenaccio

By Walter Broeckx

As I had a board meeting with my fellow members from the Arsenal Belgium supporters club I wasn’t close to a computer during and after the match. So not the usual match report this time. More a combination of the match and some after thoughts.

Arsenal started with the same outfield players […]

The importance of Thursdays (and not playing football on them)


By Blacksheep

If you live and work in Britain (and much of the English speaking world in fact) then you will probably know recognise Thursday as the 4th day of the week. It comes after Wednesday and before Friday.

I associate several things with Thursday: it is my heaviest teaching day during term time, […]

FA Ladies Cup Semi-final report Arsenal v Sunderland

by Andrew Crawshaw

WEMBERLEE, WEMBERLEE – WE’RE THE FAMOUS ARSENAL AND WE’RE GOING TO WEMBERLEE was the cry ringing out at Borehamwood just a few minutes before the men kicked off at the Emirates.

It hadn’t looked that way an hour and a quarter earlier when Arsenal had Emma Byrne sent off for a second […]

Arsenal v Palace: Premier League victory number 500 would do nicely

By Bulldog Drummond

And thus slowly does the world wake up. Even the Telegraph now has a graphic that just how much of a long ball team Leicester is. I know Untold will come back to that later, but it is remarkable just how long it has taken for the media to catch up on […]

We cannot have a situation like the Summer of 2015

By Billy “le chien” McGraw, visiting professor of psychology at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Dijon, Dijon, France.

Well mes amis here I am at the University of Burgundy (I chose it because of the wine) and yet still keeping up with the ins and outs and roundabouts of the world of football.

And casting […]

Arsenal v Crystal Palace Sunday 17 April 2016 – The Match Officials. Arsenal achieve the 1 in 2 billion chance.

by Andrew Crawshaw

Following the Referee review of Anthony Taylor’s performance in the Watford game – here is the updated Table of Shame. The performance had only one wrong Important Decision when in Min17 Prodl clearly pushed Welbeck in the Watford penalty area with Taylor seeing it quite clearly and deciding not to give a […]

Are Arsenal fans the only fans who are endlessly miserable? It seems not.

By Tony Attwood

Whatever the scenario there is always someone worse off than you. (Ok, not always, like, not when you are having your head eaten by a wolf, but most of the time).

Not that I think we are that badly off. I know there are a lot of people around who are tearing […]

PGMO admits Untold Arsenal was right

By Walter Broeckx

With taking away the match between Stoke and Tottenham from referee Friend next Monday the PGMO has opened a can of worms it seems.

Because for the first time the PGMO has openly admitted that not all refs are completely and always impartial. And well… it is rubbish to believe they are. […]

Forget the training and the preparation. Get these two things right and you will win the league.

By Tony Attwood

“The trouble with this club is that it has no plan B.”

We must have heard that so many times over the years about Arsenal. They always play the same way, no matter what the opposition are up to, no matter what the referee and assistants are doing.

“Arsenal have no plan […]

The figures that show that a 30+ goalscorer is not always the answer.

by Tony Attwood

Olivier Giroud has scored 20 goals in 42 games this season, and that is clearly not enough. I know this because everyone tells me so.

But this week an article turned up on the Goonernews blog that suggested that maybe this wasn’t so bad at all. It showed me that in 1998 […]

State Aid Utd become the first club ever to get their landlords to insure them against failure

By Tony Attwood

My company rents an office block and behind it, a warehouse block. In each case we pay the landlords a fixed rent, and every three years the landlords have the right to put the rent up. They do this in accordance with the rents that are being charged elsewhere in the area. […]

The question of evidence, Arsenal’s injury crisis and why Leicester City’s finances are a suitable case for investigation

By Tony Attwood

Well, I have tried, I have really tried, to explain what I mean by evidence. And I have failed.

Yet I still think my point is simple: there are opinions and there are facts. Opinions are interesting, although if one hears the same opinion over and […]

Exclusive: The Official Arsenal Transfer Rumour List

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Of course it has been a great honour indeed to be awarded the right to publish the regular Official Arsenal Transfer List each week. Being “official” doesn’t in any way mean that the list is actually “official”, any more than a “£50m centre forward deal done, contract signed” headline means […]

Come and meet ex-Arsenal player and Arsenal scout Danny Karbassiyoon on 25 April

By Tony Attwood

Danny Karbassiyoon, the ex-Arsenal player, the Arsenal scout who discovered Joel Campbell and Gedion Zelalem, the occasional columnist on Untold Arsenal, and the author of the book “The Arsenal Yankee” will be the special guest at an Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association meeting in central London on Monday 25 April.

The meeting is […]

The task facing the next manager: tactics, referees and candidates review

By Josif . This article continues from yesterday’s article The task facing the next manager, what he has to achieve, and how can he do it? . 8. At the same time as this we need tactical flexibility. How is that to be introduced at the same time as everything else? When you add a […]

The task facing the next manager, what he has to achieve, and how can he do it?

By Josif Arsenal FC have had quite a few great managers but Mr Arsene Wenger will have a special place in the history of the club regardless of when he is going to wave goodbye to all Arsenal fans at the Emirates. He has been our manager for almost 20 years which means that […]

How to intimidate an official on the football pitch (and come to that, how to do it beforehand).

By Don McMahon

Everyone involved in football, professional or amateur, has been intimidated or seen such events happen to others during their years in the sport.

However, the art of intimidating the officials is something that has reached new heights and even influenced the FA and the PGMOL stuffed suits, to such a point that […]

How the match fixing will pan out this weekend and then stop, leaving me with a choice

by Andrew Crawshaw

Thanks to the requirements of Sky Sports, this coming Sunday I have to make a difficult choice. Our Mens first team game against Crystal Palace has been moved from Saturday 15:00 to Sunday 16:00 at the Emirates. Our Ladies first team FA Cup Semi-final against Sunderland is at Meadow Park Borehamwood on […]

Ref Review : Arsenal – Watford, a game of two halves…

By Usama & Walter


COMPETITION: English Premier League


DATE: 2nd April 2016

VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)


REFEREE: Anthony Taylor 1st LINESMAN: Harry Lennard 2nd LINESMAN: Peter Kirkup 4th OFFICIAL: Andre Marriner

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision […]

Do referees influence results or not?

By Walter Broeckx

For many years Untold Arsenal have been looking at referee performances. When Arsenal lose a match and we point at the errors of the ref some people dismiss our analysis and call it sour grapes or say we are bad losers. But as you can see in our reviews we also don’t […]