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Criticising the clubs while whipping up a storm. Arsenal v Tottenham

By Bulldog Drummond

And so the world of football rambles on.

“How can a sport be worth billions and spend just a pittance on fighting racism?” asks the Guardian while “Police investigate allegation of historical racist abuse in youth team” at Chelsea.

The Telegraph meanwhile has an exclusive telling us the Mourinho and the Man […]

Have you heard the one about the Arsenal team to face Tottenham?

By Bulldog Drummond

Apparently we have an injury crisis – in defence. Which seems to be the story we were running before the Southampton match – and wouldn’t you know, it is still with us.

No one is out of action because of too many yellow cards but we are told that Shkodran Mustafi has […]

It’s BATE again. Remembering the last time, and comparing with past seasons

By Tony Attwood

Well, that draw wasn’t too painful was it? We toddle off to Belarus to play Bate where our old chum Alex Hleb still plays I think. The first leg is away on 14 February and the second is on 21 February at Arsenal Stadium.

The last time we played them we […]

Is everything really ok with football or are we just following a blind faith?

By Tony Attwood

Given that every day football is in the news, and given that this daily feed of news does not generally include any questioning of the actions of referees, the way journalists report the sport, the coverage of matches by TV, the behaviour of Fifa officials, the allegations that one club threatened to […]

Southampton v Arsenal: the team

By Bulldog Drummond

Here’s another stat about Unai Emery and his style of tackling football matches that we haven’t seen before: he has made 14 substitutions before the start of the second half this season, which is more than has happened at any other club.

And it is working not only in terms of the […]

Southampton v Arsenal: “Do it quickly with patience”

By Bulldog Drummond

Despite Arsenal being the dominant force when compared with Southampton, Southampton have nonetheless beaten Arsenal 20 times in all the meetings between the two clubs. There have been 26 draws and we have beaten them 49 times.

Our recent problems against them started in September 2014 when we lost a home league […]

Southampton v Arsenal: the analysis and the prediction

by Bulldog Drummond

Here are the details of Southampton’s home game results as revealed in the Home League Table

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts 15 Fulham 7 2 2 3 10 16 -6 8 16 Burnley 8 2 1 5 9 15 -6 7 17 Newcastle United 9 2 0 […]

Southampton v Arsenal. Shock horror entire league in massive injury crisis

By Bulldog Drummond

Yes we all know that Arsenal is in a total injury crisis of mega proportions – a crisis so enormous that Arsenal need to go out in January and buy buy buy just to survive. In fact buy players no matter what their home grown status and throw them in the team […]

Matchweek 17 – All the Games and Officials plus score predictions

by Andrew Crawshaw

Additional note: We have now started a new site – Football Predictions – and you will find detailed reviews of and predictions for some of the matches this weekend on that site.

Here are the matches and officials courtesy of premierleague.com. Kickoffs are 15:00 unless noted otherwise

Saturday 15 December

12:30 Man […]

How are Arsenal doing compared to recent years?

By Tony Attwood

The continuing undefeated run is quite something; no one (other that TV pundits) would disagree with that. But while we were shivvering watching the Thursday night game we started to compare this season with recent seasons, just to stop the cold eating too many brain cells.

Here is the top six now

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Will Aubameyang’s goals be enough to take Arsenal to the next level?

By Jonny Greene

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned this month’s North London derby on its head with a stunning piece of individual brilliance that had Arsenal fans gasping in delight. He latched onto Aaron Ramsey’s square ball and fired an unstoppable 25-yard thunderbolt into the bottom corner with a nonchalant flick of the boot to level the […]

Football: a troubled country that just keeps rolling

By Tony Attwood

One of my big concerns about British society and the way the country of my birth is travelling, is the focus constantly on individual detail and not on the bigger picture.

Sometimes the details are very big – like the failure of big projects to be delivered on time and on […]

Live match report and final score Arsenal – Qarabag : 1-0

By Walter Broeckx

Arsenal team: Martinez, Jenkinson, Sokratis, Koscielny, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Willock, Saka, Ozil, Lacazette, Nketiah Subs: Iliev, Medley, Monreal, Gilmour, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, John-Jules

A shot after a corner from Saka that was turned away by the keeper but Willock was too surprised to put the rebound over the line. Arsenal winning the ball high […]

Arsenal new injury announcement and what happens after tonight in the Europa.

By Bulldog Drummond

Of course we don’t know every club that will go through after tonight, but we’ve got an idea of some of the teams that will be appearing in the knock out stages of the Europa next year, alongside Arsenal

In terms of the seeded teams, Arsenal are of course one of them, […]

Arsenal’s team tonight, Tony Adams new job, a misleading newspaper…

By Bulldog Drummond

There’s an interesting headline in the Guardian this morning ahead of tonight’s game in the Europa League. It reads “Laurent Koscielny to face Qarabag on Arsenal return amid injury crisis”

So since we normally run an injury review ahead of each game I thought naturally that we should do the same now, […]

Arsenal v the Qs. Early thoughts on who’s in the team, and some of the records

By Bulldog Drummond

Despite the oddity of Wikipedia’s Champions of Azerbaijan for the fifth successive year in 2017/18, (see Arsenal v Qarbag: we’re lucky we only play them twice ) Qarabağ are also competing in a Uefa group stage for the fifth season running, having knocked up three appearances in the Europa League and then […]

Arsenal v Qarbag: we’re lucky we only play them twice

By Bulldog Drummond . Tomorrow of course it is the last group stage match. Despite the trek up and down the M1 (or if desperation strikes the A1 – but since both get shut at the same time I don’t really know why I bother with the alternative route) I’ve made it to the […]

“Same old Arsenal always cheating”. The Return.

By Tony Attwood

“Are Arsenal shedding the condescending tag of ‘neutrals’ favourite’ and becoming a team people love to hate again?”

So asks an article in the Telegraph. It is a bit of an odd question because as far as I can see Arsenal are the team that journalists love to hate. Not people; […]

We ain’t got no defenders. It’s “make do and mend” time. Oh no it isn’t.

By Tony Attwood

Ah, Defenders. You know what they’re like. One falls over and the next thing you know we ain’t gone none at all. None. Well, ok we have Koscielny but he doesn’t count as he hasn’t played any proper games. So how is he going to play some proper games? Well, he has […]

Women’s Super League – the weekly review and a preview of the final round of Continental Tyres Cup group matches

by Andrew Crawshaw

This weekend saw the start of the second half of the League Season for most clubs – as you all know by now one team sits out each round of matches as there are 11 teams in the league and this week it was our turn. This was something of a relief […]

What I would like the directors of Arsenal to do in the New Year

By Tony Attwood

It is very simple. Not something that will cause the good gentlemen (for there are no ladies) of the board any inconvenience. At least no more inconvenience than is caused to those of us who pay a fair amount of dosh for our season tickets.

I would like one of these good […]

The treatment of injured players: is there a home/away bias?

By Gordon Haverland, with additional commentary within the article by Tony Attwood

The question has been raised: why do teams generally do better at home than when they play away? There are many possible answers, but one is that the referee treats away teams differently from home teams, perhaps being more lenient with home teams […]

Racism? What racism? The media denies any responsibility.

By Tony Attwood

It is one of the themes I write about a lot – perhaps beyond Arsenal itself it is the theme I write about most of all: that the way the media reports issues affects the way we see the world.

For it is hard to argue that a particular topic is […]

Arsenal the simulators: what it all means

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal were accused of three simulation attempts during the Huddersfield match, and each time a player was given a yellow card.

Two of these events were shown in match of the day during the reprise of the game, and in discussion after the panel gave their view that they thought these were […]

Fat Sam’s ghost returns with Huddersfield at Arsenal

The Telegraph called Huddersfield’s display yesterday “impressively spirited and organised” perhaps forgetting that they had not one single shot on target.

But this was to be expected because what we saw yesterday was the return of Bolton under Fat Sam (or as we had to call him when people objected to […]