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December 2016

Telegraph follows Untold in ranking referees: how does their analysis match up with ours?

By Tony Attwood

The Telegraph has published an article, “Every Premier League referee ranked and rated by Keith Hackett”, so what I have done is taken the refs rankings by the Untold team and compared with the Telegraph rankings.

We’ve ranked refs in two ways – their major wrong decisions and their […]

What’s up with Ozil? Actually nothing much. In fact he’s still at the top of his game.

By Tony Attwood

Take your average premier league centre forward and you will find that at various times he goes through the season without scoring. It is called a barren spell and is considered normal. Indeed if it is Jamie Vardy, then even a sending off during a whole season that is poor by his […]

Arsene Wenger Still Believes Arsenal Has What It Takes Despite Being Financially Weaker

by James Burnett

Although Arsene Wenger has admitted that he thinks Arsenal are still in a weaker financial position than rivals Manchester City, he maintains that his club has come a long way from the days when their best players were departing for the Etihad Stadium.

Between 2009 and 2014, Wenger lost five of his […]

The making of a referee: could former professional footballers become refs (and other one-shot solutions)


A recent article on the Footballroar website caught my attention and after reading it, inspired me to write this article. Here is the link to that article

The premise of this article is that former professional footballers are well placed and suited to become premier league officials because of […]

If Alexis and Ozil depart, Arsenal have plans to replace both of them with one player!

By Sir Hardly Anyone, and a friend.

One can read the situation in any way you wish – both Meust and Alexis are going to leave because Mr Wenger is an absolute failure and they want to get out of the club as fast as possible, or both players want to stay because both […]

Nominations for the best of, worst of, what we need more of and what we need less of in 2016

By Blacksheep

Tony asked me if I could think of writing a sort of review of the year article about Arsenal, perhaps in the spirit of prize giving (best goal, worst referee, most exciting match etc). After this week of disappointment (spoiler alert if you recorded the Everton and Manchester Airport games) I must say […]

Football in England is at the crossroads and its future hangs in the balance

By Tony Attwood

Football has a habit of lurching from crisis to crisis, from headline to headline, from coverup to coverup. But just because until now it has somehow it always got through each disaster and struggled on to the next doesn’t mean this can go on forever. The crises are coming faster and […]

The psychology of winning.

by Don McMahon

As you may know, I am a retired educational psychologist, so I know a bit about psychological evaluation, assessment, interpretation and behaviour management, to name a few items.

The term ¨psychology¨is bandied about far too often by people who have little or no idea about what psychology really is. They confuse it […]

England’s refereeing in the dark ages. In Europe they are already talking about the problems AFTER the video box

By Tony Attwood

Arsène Wenger’s comments about referees after yesterday’s match were largely ignored or treated as more bleating by a man who won’t face up to his own team’s failings. And this was inevitable given the fact that the media has refused to engage in the debate as to why the PGMO (which […]

Man C v Arsenal: the commentary

Arsenal XI:

Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Xhaka, Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi, Alexis

Subs on the beach

Ospina, Holding, Gibbs, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lucas, Giroud


By Tony Attwood

Walter is having another of his Arsenal Belgium sessions so I’ve been roped in for this one.

Only one team change from Bulldog’s predictions – Iwobi […]

Man City v Arsenal the teams, the recent history, the sequences, and some stuff.

By Bulldog Drummond

Despite the feeling around that Manchester City are a bit of a difficult team for Arsenal, recent results show this is far from universally so….

Date Game Result Score Competition 8 Apr 2012 Arsenal v Manchester City W 1-0 Premier League 23 Sep 2012 Manchester City v Arsenal D […]

Guardiola doesn’t do tackles, doesn’t know who to buy, and dithers. Or is that Wenger?

By Bulldog Drummond

Here’s a thought: Manchester Airport’s problems come because their ceaselessly praised manager has bought the players he likes rather than the players they need, and he keeps making changes to the team.

Here’s another thought: Arsenal’s problems come because a much derided manager has not bought […]

Manchester City v Arsenal 18 Dec 2016 – The Match Officials. Expect a totally biased cockeyed performance

by Andrew Crawshaw

This weekend we have

Referee – Martin Atkinson. Age 45 from West Yorkshire and FIFA Accredited Assistant 1 – Gary Beswick. From Durham and FIFA Accredited Assistant 2 – Adam Nunn. From Wiltshire Fourth Official – Robert Madley. Age 30 from West Yorkshire and FIFA Accredited

Second time this year for both […]

Man City’s problem is that they are no longer able to steal players from Arsenal

By Tony Attwood

Arsène Wenger finally told the assembled football media what we have been saying for years – they are tedious, repetitive and unimaginative. OK he didn’t use those words exactly but he did say they lacked creativity, and how utterly, utterly right he was about that.

They agree a theme between them, […]

Referee Appointments and Results Matchweek #13 complete with video evidence

by the Referee Review Team

1: Referee Appointments and Results matchweek 13

Burnley vs. Manchester City [1-2]

Referee – Andre Marriner

1st Assistant Referee – Simon Beck

2nd Assistant Referee – Andy Garratt

Fourth Official – Jon Moss Swansea City vs. Crystal Palace [5-4]

Referee – Kevin Friend

1st Assistant Referee – Jake Collin

2nd […]

FA Youth Cup 2016/17 – Arsenal v Blackburn Rovers 16/12/2016: Match Preview

by Andrew Crawshaw

Arsenal enter the third round of this competition tonight with a match against BlackburnRovers at Meadow Park Borehamwood with a 19:00 kickoff.

The Borehamwood web site say that there will be no charge, the Arsenal website says there will be a ticket price of £5 at the turnstiles. Either way it is […]

Man City v Arsenal: a change of tactics is predicted, and the psychological game

By Tony Attwood

As predicted after the Everton game, the aaa are back. uMaxit – a website I’d not come across before although I am sure it has been there for a long time, has a huge audience and the fault in not seeing it is entirely mine – having told us after the Stoke […]

Özil asks Arsenal to sign Draxler as part of contract deal and other tales

By Tony Attwood

Now here is a twist and a half. It is being reported in some of the stranger quarters in the footballing world that our Mesut is saying that for him to sign a new contract Arsenal will have to sign Julian Draxler of Wolfsburg.

Of course it might be the case that […]

Ref Review: West Ham – Arsenal: an even bias score, miracles do happen


COMPETITION: English Premier League MATCH NO. 14 DATE: 3rd December 2016 VENUE: London Stadium (London, England)


REFEREE: Craig Pawson 1st LINESMAN: Harry Lennard 2nd LINESMAN: Ian Hussin 4th OFFICIAL: Lee Mason

First Half

Fouls, Advantages, Cards, and Penalties

Time Foul by Foul For Description & Decision Points 03:38 […]

Football journalism has become a walled wonderland inherently incompatible with reality

By Tony Attwood

Imagine that you go out of your front door tomorrow morning and find armed police and the military patrolling the streets where previously there was no such activity. Carefully you drive to work, noting the army digging bunkers and erecting barricades, patrols at every junction. You slow down to look for a […]

All the Arsenal transfers you might have missed and some that may yet happen

By Sir Hardly Anyone

It is often said that Einstein commented that the definition of madness is doing something, finding it fails, and then doing it again.

Einstein never said any such thing, but that doesn’t stop people claiming that he did over and over without checking the validity of their claim. It is […]

The video ref in action: a practical example of video refereeing in the Club World Cup

By Walter Broeckx

The future is the video ref. As we have been saying for many many years now. And in the FIFA Club World Cup they are busy testing the system.

And from images I have seen I think it is a great way of getting rid of the bad behaviour we see on […]

It’s not the defeat that counts, it’s what happens next

By Tony Attwood

All it took at the start of the season was a defeat by one goal at home to Liverpool and a goalless draw away to the champions (at that point yet to fall from their perch) for the aaa to orchestrate their “Wenger out” chants at Leicester. Which means despite all the […]

Everton – Arsenal : 2-1 time to start a new run

By Walter Broeckx

Arsenal with an almost unchanged team from the one that beat Stoke last Saturday. The only new player from the start was Hector Bellerin who started at right back. Gabriel who started at right back last weekend moved to the middle to replace Mustafi just as he did when Mustafi went off […]

Everton v Arsenal: the teams, the psychology, and Wenger copying Chapman

by Tony Attwood

Mr Wenger has been in upbeat mood of late, saying, for example, “When you look at the teams around us, you can see that the margin of difference between the teams has shrunk a lot. So the way you respond in every single game is absolutely vital.

“What is for sure is […]