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December 2018
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Arsenal v Burnley: injuries, Burnley recently, the problem of the end of a run

By Bulldog Drummond

Physioroom now has us on six injuries – equal with Man City, Tottenham and Southampton and two behind West Ham. Burnley are on five.

The latest news is

Bellerin: a major doubt for now but probably back by Boxing Day Mkhitaryan: ankle injury – no return date set Kolasinac: a doubt for […]

New referee research is valuable but is still fundamentally flawed

By Tony Attwood

Research appears to show that match officials in England are maybe seven times more likely to suffer verbal abuse than those in France and the Netherlands.

I say “appears” and “maybe” because although some who are quoting this research are giving that figure as a fact, the research in England has […]

Matchweek 18 – All the Games, All the Officials; and the predictions

by Andrew Crawshaw

Here are the PL Fixtures and the appointed officials courtesy of :-

Kick-offs are 15:00 GMT unless stated otherwise.

Friday 21 December

20:00 Wolves v Liverpool Referee: Craig Pawson Assistants: Lee Betts, Richard West Fourth official: Michael Oliver

Wolverhampton v Liverpool: the predictions

Saturday 22 December

12:30 Arsenal v Burnley Referee: […]

There might be a clue here as to why we shouldn’t trust the media

By Tony Attwood

You might recall that I have often passed comment on the way that Football.London – the Daily Mirror’s website, churns out an Arsenal story every 10 minutes. I meant that as a warning, but sadly some have now taken it as a blueprint. This is the log this morning from the […]

League cup Arsenal – Tottenham : 0-2

By Walter Broeckx

Arsenal: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Xhaka, Monreal, Torreira, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Aubameyang

On the beach : Martinez, Lichtsteiner, Koscielny, Elneny, Willock, Lacazette, Nketiah

A first corner for Arsenal and Mkhiaryan flicks it on but Monreal can’t get on the end of the ball as he was pulled back but Moss didn’t see […]

On not going to Arsenal v Tottenham, and do we really need journalists at matches?

By Tony Attwood

The rules are quite simple: anyone with a season ticket at Arsenal can apply for and get a ticket for League Cup games. The price is £10 to sit downstairs, £20 to sit upstairs, with a 50% discount for the over 65s.

But despite the low price and the fact it […]

Arsenal get Blackpool (again) but first here’s the team against Tottenham

By Bulldog Drummond

At the time of the third round draw for the FA Cup, there were still a couple second round ties unresolved – including of course the one to resolve who Arsenal would play. Now we know, as Blackpool have finally beaten Solihull Moors, and so we will play Blackpool for […]

Arsenal v Tottenham: the problem with selfies and the injury news

By Bulldog Drummond

Apparentlhy some of Arsenal’s squad posted selfies after their 4-2 extermination of Tottenham and the Tiny Totts manager said such activity as this should be saved for winning trophies.

That must mean that they have only have two occasions for doing that in the past 25 years, although of course camera phones […]

What’s £400m between friends? How some clubs have upped the game.

By Tony Attwood

José Mourinho became manager of Manchester United in May 2016. In five transfer windows he spent around £400m on 11 players. The media men on the inside say that in each case the choice of player was his.

The Guardian is saying that not only are the results poor from the first […]

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 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


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 […]