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League cup Arsenal – Blackpool : 2-1

By Walter Broeckx

Note before the match: If anything in this match report is not accurate or seen with rose tinted glasses or dark tinted glasses this is due to me having knee surgery this afternoon and I just got home from the hospital and might be slightly under the spell of all the sedation […]

Arsenal v Blackpool: checking the Checkatrade disaster and picking a team from who’s left

By Bulldog Drummond

It is surprisingly hard to pick up definitive team news at the moment. The latest story is the Elneny has a thigh injury that will keep him out for a couple of weeks, and we know that Cech is going to play in goal. Other than that we can expect a mix […]

Arsenal v Blackpool: the current state of Blackpool FC and its owners

By Bulldog Drummond

I have left the issue of the crisis at Blackpool FC until now in the vague hope that I might be able to discover a definitive report or two but I’m struggling to know exactly what’s what. So if there are errors in this, please do put me right, ideally with […]

Arsenal v Blackpool: the injury situation, and our game against them in the Premier League

By Bulldog Drummond

We are now back up to third in the injury league table with five men reported down and out. Top of the league are the tax payer funded West Ham with nine, Watford with six, and then a whole bunch of clubs including us with five.

I have a thought about West […]

Arsenal v Blackpool: team selection thoughts and our opponents

By Bulldog Drummond

Well, my famed analysis of home and away form to give a prediction of the result didn’t work out against Palace, where everything pointed to another Arsenal win. But I like to take a broader approach to things, and just because that prediction went wrong it doesn’t mean I am going to […]

WSL Week 7 Review: Now we really have got our Arsenal back!

by Andrew Crawshaw

The five matches in the WSL this weekend were:-

Friday evening – Manchester City v Reading (1 – 1)

The weekend started off with a game between Manchester City (second in the league last season) against Reading (beaten by Arsenal 6 – 0 the previous week). From the start there were chances […]

Funny ol game, funny ol pitch, and why don’t we have a say in how Wembley is used?

 

By Tony Attwood

Whenever I start chattering away about matters other than at Arsenal we always get a few people writing in telling me to shut up and focus on my own club. I write back and say that for getting on for 11 years the banner at the top of the blog has […]

Context is nothing; how football reports are biased towards individual events

By Tony Attwood

To many people the art of commenting on football is the art of picking one or two incidents out of the tens of thousands that take place across 90 minutes and then draw conclusions from those. Indeed one can always find a few events that will support a conclusion, not matter […]

Live match report Crystal Palace – Arsenal : 2-2

By Walter Broeckx

Arsenal still without a regular left back so Xhaka continues in that position. Smith Rowe made it to the bench for this match.

Arsenal : Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Xhaka, Torreira, Guendouzi, Iwobi, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette. On the beach: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Ramsey, Smith Rowe, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck.

Arsenal having most of the […]

Palace v Arsenal. Hodgson v Arsenal. The teams & Auba’s incredible record,

‘By Bulldog Drummond

Quote of the day: “It’s about what we do on the field.” Roy Hodgson.

First a spot of news about a player definitely not playing: Maitland Niles played for the under 23 on Friday so wont be in squad. But that could well put him into the team for the game next […]

Merson in weirdest anti-Arsenal rant yet on Sky as Nicholas discovers rotational fouling

by Bulldog Drummond

“Ozil will be going back to Real Madrid in six months time if he continues to play as he did against Leicester,” according to Paul Merson in his latest and one of his most bizarre and incoherent rants.

Much of what he said was difficult to fathom, as when he continued on […]

Arsenal at the Palace; the last 20 games meetings and the home/away split

By Bulldog Drummond.

So let us move on to the question of matches between Arsenal and Palace across the years. Here are the last 20 games between the two teams…

Date Game Res Score Competition 10 Mar 1993 Arsenal v Crystal Palace W 2-0 League Cup 08 May 1993 Arsenal v Crystal Palace W 3-0 […]

Crystal Palace v Arsenal. A lesson in how a club should NOT treat its core fans.

By Bulldog Drummond.

This weekend we are off to Palace, and once again there is a story of a stadium to tell. And indeed a story of club PR mismanagement – or (I must add) so it seems to me as an outsider looking in.

Of course we’ve followed the story of Tottenham Nomads who […]

Massive rule changes, Ozil is a pest, fake Amazon footie ads, strange tables, AMN is not death.

By Dr Billy “the Dog” McGraw, senior psychiatrist at the University College Hospital of the North Circular Road.

“The massive Premier League rule changes which could affect Arsenal, Chelsea & Spurs next season”

That is the mega headline in Football London today – the Daily Mirror website that churns out about 40 Arsenal stories […]

Farewell balanced playing field. Matchweek 10: all the games, all the officials.

by Andrew Crawshaw

So here we are a quarter of the way through the season – or at least we will be once Kevin Friend blows his whistle at the end of the Spurs v Man City game on Monday night.

From premierleague.com here are all of the matches:-

Saturday 27 October

15:00 Brighton v […]

Sporting v Arsenal. I got the blues, cos even when we win it ain’t real.

By Tony Attwood Well I woke up this morning, man on the radio moaning about the Arsenal back four Yes I woke up this morning, heard a man moaning about the Arsenal back four He said, “They won’t win anything playing like that, no matter how many they score”

(Traditional Northamptonshire blues, circa 2018)

I’m […]

Sporting v Arsenal: the teams, the money, the teams, Reiss Nelson, the teams

by Bulldog Drummond

There is a little debate going on about whether it is better to be in the Europa League and have a chance of winning something, or be in the Champions League knowing that we are not a strong enough team to beat the likes of Real Mad, Barcelona and Bayern – […]

Après moi le déluge – Sporting v Arsenal and the record run of wins

By Bulldog Drummond

Of course Mr Wenger never repeated the saying attributed to Louis XV, nor the variant Après nous le déluge – which Madame de Pompadour is supposed to have uttered. He made no comment as far as I know about what might happen after he left Arsenal.

Nor did Untold, save to […]

Sporting v Arsenal: the injuries, previous games, and the team

By Bulldog Drummond

We have currently rushed up to equal third in the Physioroom injury chart with no fewer than six players out, or not quite in. Here’s the list… (The headings as always are Untold’s; physioroom is much more serious about these things).

Who? What? When back? What’s the latest? Doubtness Monreal […]

Does Ozil fail to live up to his potential when playing against top teams? We take a look.

By Tony Attwood

The question was raised a day or two ago about Ozil: does he disappear in crunch matches? What does the statistics say?

Here are the basic figures…

Year Matches Goals Assists Lge pos 2017-18 26 4 8 6 2016-17 33 8 9 5 2015-16 35 6 19 2 2014-15 22 4 5 […]

Sporting v Arsenal. The crazy world of “all you need to know” and where 4th certainly ain’t a trophy

by Bulldog Drummond

In the midst of all these calm and relaxed preparations for tomorrow’s game, as described by Sir Hardly and his investigative team, how have Sporting CP been doing of late?

Not too badly it seems…

Date Comp Home Away Res Score 24/09/18 League Sporting Braga Sporting CP L 1-0 29/09/18 League […]

This Thursday Arsenal play the Donald Trump of European football.

Report by Sir Hardly Anyone. Additional dirt provided by Marianna Trench.

 

“Untold Arsenal” tries to live up to its name – covering aspects of football that other people don’t, won’t or can’t write much about. And of course that can give us a tough task because sometimes it is hard to find that […]

Just how fragile is Arsenal’s defence?

by Tony Attwood

The Daily Mirror published a piece after the Leicester game in which they went into a rave about the “brilliant new Torreira chant” that they had just noticed. It begins Torreira oh oh, and if you have been paying attention you’ll know just how out of date the Mirror and its writers […]

Arsenal v Reading 21 October – the view from Meadow Park

by Andrew Crawshaw

What a difference in weather from Chelsea last Sunday, an almost cloudless sunny day and surprisingly warm for the time of year. Plus a big bonus for me the train system was running normally so I could get to Borehamwood easily from home in Southeast London (only one change).

Catering report – […]

It may not be a trophy but it sure as hell is fun. The “being there” report.

by Tony Attwood

OK we have to keep a sense of perspective. The most consecutive wins in the Premier League is not yet within sight, as that was 18 achieved by Manchester ££££ last season. We’re a long way from that, but oh the sheer joy of another win last night was just something special, […]