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How the summer spending has affected the league so far, and the missing factor in the analysis.

By Tony Attwood

So just how much impact has the mad money spending of this summer had on the Premier League thus far?

To try and get an early view onto what all the expenditure has done I’ve created a league table with three extra columns in it.

The “Last Year” column shows where the […]

Arsène Wenger assaulted by burger as headless chickens take over, and the “618” win through.

A year on, and how the tune has changed. By Poul Tree.

A year ago we met the Tinies in the 3rd round of the League Cup. Our team was

Ospina, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Chambers, Gibbs, Arteta, Flamini, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Giroud.

This time against Forest the team was

Martinez, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Gabriel, Gibbs, Elneny, Xhaka, […]

League Cup: Nottingham Forrest – Arsenal 0-4: Xhaka boom again and a brace from Lucas Peréz

By Walter Broeckx Arsenal team to start: Martinez, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Gabriel, Gibbs, Elneny, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Reine-Adelaide, Akpom, Lucas On the beach: Macey, Bielik, Sheaf, Dasilva, Zelalem, Willock, Mavididi

A very mixed team at the start from Arsenal. And with only kids on the bench. A few experienced players like Gabriel, Gibbs, Elneny, Xhaka, The Ox […]

Forest v Arsenal updates and Bellerin “has Barça DNA in his blood.”

By Tony Attwood

This morning we came up with our scientific prediction of the team:

Oooooospina

Debuchy Holding Gabriel Gibbs

Elneny The Ox

Adelaide

Perez Akpom Willock

So what has been going on since?

The main story about Arsenal seems to […]

Ref Review: Arsenal – Southampton; a perfect example of how the new instructions to refs affects the flow of the game.

By Usama and Walter

ARSENAL vs. SOUTHAMPTON

COMPETITION: English Premier League MATCH NO. 4 DATE: 10th September 2016 VENUE: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

MATCH OFFICIALS:

REFEREE: Robert Madley 1st LINESMAN: Marc Perry 2nd LINESMAN: Edward Smart 4th OFFICIAL: Simon Hooper

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision […]

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal – the scientifically selected Arsenal line up.

By Tony Attwood

When the transfer doorway creaked closed once again we published a table of the players in the 25 and the leading youth players who could also play.

In the old days this was irrelevant with league cup matches when groups of youngsters some of us had hardly heard of appeared on the […]

The PL time wasting problem: it is far worse than you might think, and is being exploited

By Walter Broeckx and Usama

As in the Southampton match the keeper of Southampton was booked for time wasting Usama took the trouble to have a look at how the time wasting was going on when Forster had to take goal kicks. We didn’t examine the time wasted on throw ins as that would take […]

“Arsenal are the only team in the Premier League to face two opponents each weekend”

By Tony Attwood. . That’s not one of my headlines – I wish it were – but credit where it is due. It comes from the Times – a paper which I rarely focus on largely because it doesn’t normally have much to say on topics that interest me, but that was a good […]

Arsenal after five games; the statistical analysis. (Hint: the number of shots doesn’t count).

By Tony Attwood

A lot of people got very exercised about the Arsenal need to buy another striker or three during the summer. We bought one, and in this weekend’s game he came on, on the 88th minute.

Last season Giroud was our top scorer with 16 goals. So far in the league he has […]

West Ham United: Revenge of the tax payers

By Tony Attwood

Just back from London, following attendance at the wonderful wedding of Blacksheep and Dru – and for me an overnight stay at the Highbury Hotel on Seven Sisters.

Looking at the results yesterday and catching up on the football I missed, what struck me very much (and my only evidence is Match […]

Hull – Arsenal 1-4 : Cracking Xhaka goal at the end

By Walter Broeckx

Only a few changes to the starting XI for this match after the midweek match against PSG.

One of them being Cech back in goal and in attack we had Theo taking the place from The Ox who dropped to the bench. No place for Giroud who had a little problem that […]

Hull v Arsenal – the great Hull / Arsenal competition, and an Untold wedding

By Bulldog Drummond

This is part two of our preview – for the team and the earlier bits please click here.

Hull City caretaker manager Mike Phelan has not got too carried away with his opening results, saying, “There is a bit of belief now and hopefully we can cement our place outside the bottom […]

Hull v Arsenal: a guess at the team, injury news, bits and stuff…

By Bulldog Drummond

So the marauding Twatters have been busy this week, calling for the manager to go, and it was nice to see Untold fighting back with #CurseTheStar #CurseJackWilson. I await news of the demise of both the paper and the journalist.

In August it was reported that Hull City could soon be yet […]

Hull v Arsenal, Saturday 17 September 2016. The Match Officials

by Andrew Crawshaw

The referee review from the Southampton game is waiting for Walter’s input on his return from holiday as there were a number of controversial decisions which require his input.

For our game against Hull the match officials are :-

Referee – Roger East : a 51 year old from Wiltshire who has […]

Post-Truth football: the 20 myths they want you to believe but which are absolutely not true.

By Tony Attwood

Over their past two editions both New Scientist and the Economist (two of the most respected and serious weekly magazines published in the UK) have both run editorial comments on the fact that we are now in the era of Post-Truth.

In the era of Truth, the truth was the fundamental from […]

#CurseTheStar #CurseJackWilson. It is time for fans to fight back.

by Matthew Hopkins.

The Daily Star is currently running the headline “Arsenal fans call for Arsene Wenger to be sacked”

The opening line of their story is “ARSENAL fans have called on Arsene Wenger to be sacked,” just in case you didn’t get it in the headline.

There is then a […]

NEWER AND LATEST MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS DISCOVERIES

NEWER AND LATEST MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS DISCOVERIES

By The Brickfields Gunners .

“Be careful about reading health books. Some fine day you’ll die of a misprint.” – Markus Herz .

After the success and great reception of the first article of the series here, titled Latest Medical Discoveries and Treatments for “them” at […]

When does commitment cross the line? Eccentric refereeing in the PSG v Arsenal Champions League match.

by Usama and Andrew Crawshaw

The ref reviews for Arsenal’s EPL games and the weekly ref reports of the EPL are the result of work by a very dedicated team. They are time consuming and the intention is that they will be an unprecedented season-long research programme.

Given this project has become our priority programme, […]

Hello hello. A tiny sighting of the return of Financial Fair Play. Let’s hope…

By Tony Attwood

One of the more unexpected things that comes with publishing this site is the regular stream of emails from people who claim that they have been reading for a long old time, but because we have published x or have mentioned y too often, they are stopping now.

Unexpected because in my […]

Cognitive dissonance, coercive persuasion and the Arsenal…….

……..Don McMahon

Following up on recent posts by our resident psychiatric adviser Dr. Billy the Dog McGraw and by Tony, et al, I came to the conclusion that there is a definite correlation between what the aaa, the discontented fans and the media seem to be suffering.

As an actual certified psychologist, I know that […]

Rubbish keeper, wrong selection, hopeless tactics. Oh look we drew.

By Tony Attwood

“We trained today with the Champions League balls and the bibs with the Champions League on, and it’s difficult to describe the feeling,” said Mr Pochettino the latest in a long line of Tottenham managers.

I suppose it gets easier and less exciting for Arsenal, year after year after year playing in […]

PSG v Arsenal. The teams, the tactical options, and the loss of Ibrahimovic

By Bulldog Drummond.

Amazingly Ibrahimovic scored 113 goals in 122 games over four seasons with PSG – the sort of figures you normally only find recorded during Chapman’s management of Arsenal. These days they look like the sort of figures Messi and Ronaldo get.

He could get them of course because he was very good, […]

When Arsenal moved into the Ems things weren’t perfect but WHU seem to have much bigger problems

By Dr Billy “the Dog” McGraw, head of psychology at the University Hospital of the North Circular Road.

In psychology we have a term called “identity fusion” – something that brings together and holds together members of gangs and other groups. It is a curious thing because it can make groups and organisations that […]

Arsène Wenger admits he turned down PSG in build up to tonight’s game

By Tony Attwood

Arsène Wenger has confirmed that he was has offered the chance to manage Paris Saint-Germain multiple times, in the interviews leading up to tonight’s game.

PSG has long been thought to be after Mr Wenger and L’Equipe said yesterday that Mr Wenger was offered the job in 2011, 2013 and 2014. […]

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