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August 2018

The FA gets itself into a muddle. What are the chances of that?

by Tony Attwood

I have often railed against the FA for getting things wrong. For example throughout last season when Arsenal were the holders of the FA Cup, the FA’s official site refused to accept this, having a picture of Liverpool on its front page and a list of winners that was completely out of […]

The Arsenal crisis: Emery threatened with the sack, players under attack, sign of visa restrictions growing.

by Tony Attwood

I don’t think too many people predicted what would happen this season once there was no Arsene Wenger. What we were used to was a daily assault on the manager which had the benefit to a certain degree of reducing attacks on the players. Of course some players were heavily criticised but […]

Football reporting gathers around enhanced reinventivisational momentum

Mariana Trench, the newly appointed head of Better Football, Sky TV, gives us her views on how football commentary and in-depth analysis is being enhanced by the broadcaster.

Reinventivisational momentum. Is there such a thing? Well I can tell you that yes, no there certainly is. And the point is that as every journalist and […]

The 10 Arsenal players who the media think should be sold now.

By Tony Attwood

In the old days it was easy – if Arsenal lost some fans and a lot of the media knew what to do – knock the manager. Indeed I noticed one of the old timer blogs that the Daily Mail still seems to like, continuing to do that, putting the boot in […]

Arsenal begin their defence of the Continental Tyres Cup with a 3 – 1 win

by Andrew Crawshaw

Following a good pre-season this match was serious and potentially a decider for first and second places in our mini-league group between the two Premiership clubs. Our team was :-

Back row – Sari Van Veenendaal (GK), Louise Quinn, Leah Williamson, Lisa Evans, Dominique Bloodworth (nee Janssen), Katie McCabe

Front row – […]

Football is teetering on the edge and it is too disgusting for words

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By Tony Attwood

I see that Manchester City have brought out an electronic gizmo worn on the wrist which gives their supporters […]

The media turn on the fans; an interesting twist after two defeats

By Tony Attwood

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My general view after games is that with Walter’s coverage of […]

Chelsea – Arsenal : 3-2 the Untold live report

By Walter Broeckx

Arsenal team at the start : Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Iwobi, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang. On the beach : Leno, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Torreira, Ramsey, Welbeck, Lacazette.

So one change was forced as Maitland Niles got a broken leg against City and lucky this time Monreal was fit so we got […]

Chelsea v Arsenal: figuring out the team and Mr Emery’s two big questions

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Chelsea v Arsenal, the injuries and another player leaves, and the ed to ed.

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by Bulldog Drummond

And so the news keeps on rolling in. The latest is that England youth international Stephy Mavididi has now departed these shores […]

Chelsea v Arsenal: the keeper and left back and how many Chelsea men went on loan

By Bulldog Drummond

It’s only Friday and we have some news. In an interview Mr Emery has said he will continue to play out from the back and develop his new style, adding, “We didn’t lose because of our personality, our idea, our style. We lost on other things. We can improve on other […]

Matchweek 2 – The Match Officials and more problems for PGMO

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Matchweek 2 – The Match Officials and news of Bobby Madley

By Andrew Crawshaw and Tony […]

The Arsenal Women – a Season Preview ahead of the game against West Ham


By Andrew Crawshaw


Our Women completed their pre-season preparations by taking part in the Toulouse International Ladies Cup last weekend against three of the top teams in Europe – Montpellier and PSG from France with Bayern Munich being the fourth team involved.

Like the Emirates Cup each team played two matches, we were […]

Arsenal’s models of finance and the difficult road we’re travelling

By Tony Attwood

There are basically five models of finance in English football at the moment.

1: The self-sustaining club

The club which through commercial sponsorship, attendances at matches, TV revenue and advertising revenue makes enough money to keep going without the need of an outside investor. This is the model of Manchester United. Through […]

What will happen if Arsenal lose to Chelsea this weekend?

by Tony Attwood

Even the most dislocated and indeed dissolute newspaper football columnist will have recognised four factors about this season:

a) Arsenal have a new manager.

b) The new manager is working to instil a different style and approach in the players from that which has gone before.

c) Five new players have been […]

The 10 big Arsenal transfer updates and next weekend’s team

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Welcome to the round up. The out door is still open, so who is on the move? Actually no one really seems to have much idea, or if they do, they are not telling.

1: Bielik

According to the Sports Mole which has apparently been digging around “Arsenal to send Krystian […]

Why will Arsenal suffer a freeze on increasing its wage bill, as the media suggests?

By Tony Attwood

Jeremy Wilson, deputy football correspondent of the Daily Telegraph newspaper and website has written a piece in which he says, “Unai Emery is facing significant restrictions with Arsenal’s wage bill during the next transfer window in January following a series of deals that have been agreed over the past year.”

Immediately […]

How we can tell there is still something seriously wrong with Premier League refereeing.

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by Tony Attwood

In March this year, the Sky Sports website opened an article on refereeing with the comment by Keith Hackett that players and pundits criticising referees in the Premier League is “a little bit […]

What do journalists do when the window is cracked? Sir Hardly Anyone finds out.

By Sir Hardly Anyone, our man in the Toppled Bollard; watering hole of the football journalist.

I don’t know if you have ever seen a tiger or wildebeest or tyrannosaurus rex or something along those lines, raising itself up to its full height in preparation of rushing at several thousand mph across the fauna and […]

Critical safety systems: those rather annoying hiccups that get in the way.

By Tony Attwood

From my perspective the move from Highbury to the new stadium went rather well. It was only after we’d got there that I realised just how much impact it was having on the club in terms of its ability to compete in the transfer market. And since we’d already had the phrase […]

Ian Wright claims football media and the FA are both racist

By Tony Attwood

Ian Wright made his comments last night on BBC Radio 5, and I think it is fair to say that it caused the chair of the discussion and the other guests a certain on the show an amount of discomfort and uncertainty as to how to handle the conversation thereafter.

Unfortunately for […]

Does the sponsorship of a club really mean that fans can’t criticise the sponsor?

By Tony Attwood

I must say I was singularly surprised by the large number of comments Untold received from Manchester City supporters after I commented negatively on the ownership of that club.

Most of these comments were to my mind of very little merit being simplistic and/or crude, and so did not get published, and […]

Manchester City’s two nil win should have come as no surprise to any Gooner

By Andrew Crawshaw

My recent look at squad values using data from the website indicated a total value of the City squad as being well in excess of £900m whilst that of Arsenal was virtually £500m.

To put this discrepancy into perspective mere are the […]

Arsenal v Manchester City: how the media continues once more to have no idea

By Tony Attwood

Quite why some of the Manchester City supporters felt like singing “Only one Arsene Wenger” during this game, I am not too sure although I’ve never understood northern humour. Perhaps it was not a recognition that one could win the League and FA Cup across a number of years without the input […]

Arsenal – Manchester City 0-2: the Untold match report

By Walter Broeckx

Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang. Subs: Leno, Holding, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Torreira, Iwobi, Lacazette.

The new era starting today with also two new players in the starting line up : Sokratis and Guendouzi. Certainly the latter is a big surprise when we bought him I […]