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September 2018

The interesting story of the construction work at New White Hart Lane

By Tony Attwood

It is something of the newspapers’ own making: we get so many stories from the media that are just plain wrong, it is hard to know what to believe.

But when we read in a specialist magazine about things going wrong in a club, I tend to take a bit more […]

Vorskla, the road trip: mostly fun except for the road, plus it’s tough breaking the law

By Tony Attwood

Yes it was fun; fun to see just how we know how to deal with a team with far fewer resources than we are privileged to have, but none the less beat a team that needs to be beaten.

Fun because, although there are many some season ticket holders choose not […]

It is sad that journalists don’t have a clue what support is about; but it’s their loss, not ours.

By Tony Attwood

My little dig against the Evening Standard for its headline “Arsenal did not build the Emirates to play Vorskla on a Thursday night” may not have been the cause, but that headline has been changed between then and now, for now it reads… “Arsenal v Vorskla shows it takes more than bricks, […]

Arsenal v Vorskla. All you want to know and some stuff you probably don’t.

by Bulldog Drummond

There is something very odd happening in Europe. Manchester City 1 Lyon 2, for a start. Plus a headline in one of the usually Tot supporting papers that says that Tottenham need forward momentum to make the system work. And there I was thinking that they […]

Arsenal team news, we’re back in 2006, and a translator is needed, but not for Vorskla

by Bulldog Drummond

We have some more information on who might be playing on Thursday. Dominic Thompson now seems to be our prime choice either for left back or back up left back.

And the reason for this is that in addition to the injuries to Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, that we highlighted in […]

Is Europe sliding back to 1930s? In football the answer looks worrying.

By Josif Broz

Those who still watch the car-theft-like international tournaments may still have fresh memories of World Cup 2018 hosted by the human right’s role model, Russia.

One of the biggest upsets at the competition was Germany going out after the group stage. They lost 2-0 to South Korea but only few people […]

FA kick tiny team out of Cup over £10 fine dispute, but still won’t reveal Grenfell money

By Tony Attwood

On 23 June 2017, the Daily Mail ran the headline “Grenfell Tower: £1.25m Community Shield proceeds pledged”

On 18 August 2017 Untold Arsenal wrote “What happened to the Grenfell Tower money collected from the Community Shield Match?” We published that because in the two months since the announcement in the Mail, […]

Arsenal v Vorskla: who might play – the line up will tell us a lot about the manager’s thinking

By Tony Attwood

The long and the short of it is that with the manager quite reasonably speaking in generalities, and the media quite typically suggesting that Mr Wenger’s team selection for the Europa was chaotic, we are not really sure who is going to play this Thursday.

By and large there is a general […]

Continental Tyres Cup – Matchday 3 of 5 all the results, tables and gossip

by Andrew Crawshaw

The Continental Tyres Cup is the Women’s equivalent of the Carabao Cup. It is a competition open to the 22 teams in the top two echelons of Women’s football, the WSL and the Championship. Unlike the men’s competition this one sees there being a group stage prior to a knockout between the […]

Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava: the media is treating us with absolute contempt

By Tony Attwood

We are, as Arsenal fans, being treated with absolute contempt. We are treated as idiots with brains the size of peas, simple beings who can be manipulated with a few set phrases written by computers, allowing the journalists to move on to the proper stuff.

Just take a look at this: “Arsenal […]

Untold’s exclusive interview with the Arsenal manager and a trip to the Dripping Pan

by Andrew Crawshaw

A Continental Tyres Cup match between Championship team Lewes and Arsenal. On paper a mismatch but Lewes qualified into the knockout stage of this competition last year against all expectations, and they were also ahead of us in the group table courtesy of a better first match goal difference, so not a […]

Why Arsenal into the Champions League next season may not be the best option

by Tony Attwood

There is a big part of me that doesn’t want Arsenal to get back into the Champions League – the part that recognises that we might well get through the group stages of that competition but then be slaughtered in the first or second knock out round. And that the knock back […]

Why does Arsenal attract so many negative commentaries in the media?

By Tony Attwood

In relation to understanding how football works, I generally find that theories about what is happening in football which draw parallels with similar things happening elsewhere in our society, tend to be the most helpful. Yes football is unique, but it exists within the context of a culture, a society, a country, […]

Remember stories of a half empty Arsenal Stadium? Now the story moves on.

By Tony Attwood

It was quite a scandal, although not surprisingly, the media didn’t want to know. Newspaper web sites publishing pictures of a more than half empty Arsenal stadium and then sneering at the official attendance figures.

The media tended to back off after we revealed that the prime picture used to illustrate an […]

Ahead of the U18s live on TV here’s the initial Progress Report

by Andrew Crawshaw

August 11 Arsenal v Aston Villa (4 – 2)



Daley Campbell, Spencer Adams, Ogungbo, Swanson

M Smith, McEneff

Dennis (39), Musah, Cottrell (80)


Subs Oyegoke (39), Taylor-Hart (80), Virginia (gk), Matthews, Patino

An excellent start from Arsenal with Balogun […]

Final score and Live Match report Newcastle – Arsenal : 1-2

By Walter Broeckx

No changes in the starting line up so we have Arsenal at the start: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette. On the beach: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Elneny, Torreira, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck.

The ref for this match sends shivers down my spine… Lee Probert…. if ever there was a […]

Torreira in, new Arsenal rule, daft headlines, an alternative table

By Bulldog Drummond

Through our regular run of previews we’ve been left with a range of suggestions as to what Mr Emery is going to do with the team in the coming weeks, although there is a fairly regular suggestion among those who claim to know such things that he is adjusting the team for […]

Newcastle v Arsenal. Arsenal’s awful defence, non-rotation, the triumphs of Benitez

By Bulldog Drummond

We might feel we’ve got a fair idea of what will happen in terms of Arsenal team selection in the Premier League but it seems that what has been assumed (at Untold, I can’t read minds, unlike many of our correspondents so I don’t know what people have thought) about the continuation […]

Newcastle v Arsenal: Brilliant Kanu, injuries and form, and a few stats not seen elsewhere

By Bulldog Drummond

Here’s a positive story and a half: Kanu talking about his heart foundation under the headline, “We have saved 542 lives, that means more than football.” The full piece is in the Guardian. Brilliant for Kanu to dedicate himself to this, good on the Guardian for highlighting the story.

In the […]

Matchweek 5 – The Match Officials including Newcastle v Arsenal

by Andrew Crawshaw

Here is the full list of match officials as listed in the official PL website:-

Saturday 15 September

12:30 Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett

Fourth official: Kevin Friend

15:00 AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City Referee: Craig Pawson Assistants: Lee Betts, Ian Hussin

Fourth official: Simon […]

Newcastle v Arsenal: handbrake off, Everton points deduction, David gold on sucking

By Bulldog Drummond

There is a rare old collection of tempting headlines around the papers this morning, which I thought I’d throw in, swirl around and drag out the pot, as we warm up to tomorrow’s game.

How about this one

“Manchester City left bemused after police admit to no arrests five months after […]

Smallest and largest squads, homegrown totals, most transfers, most loans. All the figures.

by Andrew Crawshaw

Following the publication of the Pl Squads I thought you might be interested in a quick Summary.

The smallest squads

Wolves have the smallest senior squad with just 19 players (7 homegrown, 12 not). Bournemouth (16 homegrown and 5 not) and Manchester City (4 homegrown and 17 not) have 21 senior players.


The Arsenal Junior teams an August Progress Report: the U23s vs the Clone.

by Andrew Crawshaw

Starting with the U23 team who played four games in August in defence of the League title they won last season.

August 11 – Man City v Arsenal (6 – 5)



Osei-Tutu, Bielik, Pleguezuelo, Bola

Gilmour, Willock, Smith Rowe

Amaechi, Nketiah, Mavididi


Shaking hands with Per Mertesacker and Tony Adams and a 3-0 victory over Coventry

By Tony Attwood

Going to a stadium for the first time is always fun, but last night this became double fun before the game when, having had a bite to eat and a drink in the Hilton Hotel, which is part of the Ricoh Arena complex (it also houses Wasps rugby club) we were strolling […]

Coventry v Arsenal tonight. Preparing for the road trip.

by Bulldog Drummond

Fortunately for the two of us going to the game, Coventry is only about one hour by car away, although I am told it can be a nightmare getting out of the area. So I shall make sure I am fully laden with audio books to keep me going. However we […]