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February 2018

Arsenal, a millennial’s sense of perspective, and my friend’s father’s Mercedes


By Sifarzone

After reading on Untold Arsenal Tony’s “It may not be something you are encouraged to try, but a sense of perspective can help” and AKH’s “Another ‘old codger’s’ sense of perspective”, I thought a millennial’s perspective would complete the set articles, given that the issues of viewing football with perspective has […]

3 players left off the plane, problem with wheelbarrows, and finally the final line up. Maybe.

By Bulldog Drummond

As is becoming the norm now, by lunchtime before an Arsenal evening match there is no preview in the mainstream media, rather more articles looking back to previous games. So up to us to come up with something other than the story doing the rounds that Jack Wilshere is off to Juventus.


Is our record in Europe that bad? Is playing in the Europa such a climb down? Is it cold?

By Tony Attwood

Much has been made about the fact that after reaching the second highest consecutive run of entries into the Champions League in the history of the competition, we are now out and playing in the Europa League.

But it is worth pondering what that achievement meant, both positively and negatively. If we […]

Sweden match uncertain as temporal anomaly hits Arsenal plane and entire squad replaced.

By Tony Attwood

I am not sure if it is a deliberate ploy and I don’t recall seeing it before, but under the headline “Three ways Arsenal could line up v Ostersunds FK after Alexandre Lacazette injury blow” we have this wonderful illustration of an Arsenal lineup… But I should add those of a delicate […]

Arsenal buying 21 players, 7 are leaving and we are getting 3 new managers

By Sir Hardly Anyone.

The latest invention from the Telegraph’s Charlie Eccleshare is the alliterative phrase “Tedious Trophy Talk”. By this they mean the chatter from certain ne’er do wells that Tottenham cannot be called a team of significance until they win significant stuff, and in […]

Arsenal in Sweden: dealing with injuries in a meaningful and sensible way

By Bulldog Drummond

Whatever one’s attitude and style, reality can always be a problem. If one tries to write for a blog based on analysis, logic and statistics, there is always the chance that there simply aren’t any new analyses one can do in order to bring light on a situation. If one […]

Arsenal U18s February Update – 13 Matches Unbeaten

by Andrew Crawshaw

On Saturday our Under 18s extended their unbeaten record to 13 matches with a 6 – 2 win away to Reading despite six members of the usual squad being away on England U17 duty. Here is the story of this run.

Ref Game Result Competition Goalscorers 1 Reading v Arsenal 2 – […]

Another ‘old codger’s’ sense of perspective  

by AKH

September 1957, the month of my 8th birthday and a birthday treat. My very first Arsenal football match at Highbury. Arsenal v Everton.

I have little memory of the game itself, (I think arsenal lost ) but this was the beginning of my support for the team and club. Like Tony Atwood, […]

Football history is (more or less) bunk as long as you ignore the bits you don’t like

By Tony Attwood

My thesis, if you have had the staying power to follow my rambles through its tortuous evolution, is that most of the football related “information” we are given day by day through the mass media, the blogs and the bloggettas (those tiny blogs that have two lines of unverified information sandwiched between […]

How football telepaths embarrass themselves while one Guardian reporter speaks the truth

By Tony Attwood

There is a lovely article in the Guardian in relation to American football which begins, “Sports forecasts aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.”

Well yes, I think many of us will go with that. And when it comes to, “The problem with predictions in this space is that they are comically […]

Östersund away: the squad and the weather forecast: it might be worth wrapping up.

by Bulldog Drummond

The weather forecast for Östersund this Thursday evening is currently showing -5 degrees centigrade but taking into account wind speeds and humidity this is going to feel like -12°C. Or put another way about 10.5°F. Or put another way bloody cold.

Östersund’s last match before the winter freeze was on 7 December […]

The most hilarious Arsenal story of the week, transfers and what is “Bellering”

By Sir Hardly Anyone.

So here we have it: the Laugh of the Week…

Arsenal suffer massive injury blow as top four hopes take battering

Yes that’s the horror headline from the bloggetta IB Times which appeared on many of the news accumultor sites. Click on it, and in HUGE bold letters it really looks […]

Arsenal Under 23s: the extremely encouraging update

by Andrew Crawshaw

As Tony pointed out in his brief report on our U23s latest win on Monday Night we are really doing rather well this year. We had a 4-0 win over last year’s league winners Everton, with a hat-trick of goals from Eddie Nketiah and assists for Joe Willock.

Our matches since the […]

It may not be something you are encouraged to try, but a sense of perspective can help

By Tony Attwood

I am sure there will be many who will agree with a headline in the Daily Telegraph that reads “Arsenal are still exhibiting all their old failings with expensive new personnel” and another in the same paper today, “Harry Kane goal confirms power shift in North London”. Or in the Independent “Derby […]

Tottenham v Arsenal, the injuries, the teams

By Bulldog Drummond

In case you have not seen it there is a wonderful comment following Andrew’s review of the referee, in which the reader goes on quite a little rant complaining that the piece was a waste of time, and that for our analysis to make any sense it should have contained a review […]

Tottenham v Arsenal: how has it gone in the past

By Bulldog Drummond.

Tucked away in an article in the Guardian today about how wonderful life is becoming for Tottenham, is the fact that upon completion of their stadium Tottenham “will have banks debts of £400m to repay over a five-year period and they have pledged to find the rest of the required £850m themselves.”


A bias of biblical proportions. Spurs v Arsenal Sat 10 Feb 2018. The Match Officials

by Andrew Crawshaw

Before I start thinking about our match on Saturday a quick update on the PGMO world in general.

Since my last update the PGMO have introduced an additional referee to the PL this year. Following an unsuccessful single game a couple of seasons ago Simon Hooper was given another trial in the […]

Tottenham H v Arsenal. Tottenham have looked stronger, but is there an edge for Arsenal?

By Bulldog Drummond

This game at Wembley is one that is going to require nerves to be held. A look at Arsenal’s away record in the league shows why for Arsenal’s away form is at the heart of this season’s slip back into sixth place.

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts […]

Six Arsenal departures this summer, 19 arrivals plus a new manager spotted.

by Sir Hardly Anyone

Our Rutland resident with a rundown on reality

Since our last flip around the players coming to Arsenal this summer (according to the media who know a thing or two, or well, a thing anyway) the list of new arrivals has slowed down this week, although we still have four new […]

Why Auba is the new Robert Pires

Text and graphic from Oulala

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has found the back of the net four times in four appearances against Tottenham, averaging a goal every 88 minutes. An impressive record in itself, however when measured against a number of Arsenal’s best scorers in the Premier League era, stats from daily fantasy football game show […]

Arsène Wenger on the English tendency towards nationalist bias

by Tony Attwood

Before Arsene Wenger arrived in England, but when he had been announced as Arsenal’s new manager, Tony Adams made the comment that many were thinking and others had said before him. Speaking of Wenger he said, “He’s French. What does he know about English football?”

Well Adams learned quite quickly. And it […]

The strange case of the residency of Roman Abramovich

By Tony Attwood

Does it matter where your club owner lives?

You may recall (if you are an avid reader of my meanderings) that I have dealt with the residency of Arsenal’s minority owner Alisher Usmanov and his move to Switzerland as part of his work with the International Fencing Federation.

Mr Usmanov’s company USM […]

“Arsène Wenger’s young signings no longer succeed – has he lost his touch?”

By Tony Attwood

That headline comes from an article in the Guardian, and when I read the headline I wondered how on earth the writer was going to develop his thesis. Was there some clever bit of statistical work at play here showing that, perhaps Wenger had brought 30 youngsters in between 1998 and […]

The 13 players Arsenal are about to sign; the new manager; 3 players leaving



By Sir Hardly Anyone

Yes I know, the market doesn’t open for months and months but the journalistas and their bloggetta chums down the pub are busy making up stories as if anyone still believed them.

Plus we have tales of the next Arsenal manager, the departures (including one forced because of money […]

Despite Tottenham penalties fiasco referees’ hyper-secrecy still not being questioned by media

By Tony Attwood

There is a headline in the Telegraph which reads, “Exclusive: Premier League under pressure for independent inquiry into referee Jon Moss’s handling of penalty award.”

Leaving aside the inaccurate use of the Saxon genitive to turn “Moss’ handling” into the completely ungrammatical “Moss’s handling” the issue which relates to the match […]