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Do players take any notice of blogs and newspapers?

By Sir Hardly Anyone

There has been a consistent knocking of Mohammed Elneny of late, and an absolute torrent of abuse flowing upon Granit Xhaka. And I wondered what that must be like for the players.

We do of course get our fair share of abuse on Untold and we by and large take it […]

Just how far does Arsenal have to go, to get back to the top?

By Tony Attwood

Although you might not know it from the daily blogs and newspaper websites Arsenal are one of the most successful teams in the Premier League. Not in terms of the number of times teams have won it – Manchester United are way out in front of everyone on that score; but by […]

How Arsenal can achieve further success, as history starts to repeat itself

By Tony Attwood

Now that it has been confirmed in such an overt manner that the owner of Arsenal is not putting any more money into the club and is merely interested in taking money out, the blogs have finally got the message. Publishing ever more expansive lists of players Arsenal are going to buy […]

Money, players, progress and referees. How Arsenal are developing.


By Tony Attwood

Looking at the way Arsenal are playing at the moment I am starting to get the view that no one within the club has properly briefed the manager and his team on the unique approach to refereeing in the Premier League.

I wonder if this is because Mr Wenger and Mr […]

The three things we can learn from Arsenal’s current position.

By Tony Attwood

The thesis set out here during the “Wenger Out!” period was that changing the manager at Arsenal last season would probably not solve much. Only “probably” rather than “definitely” because there was always a chance – but the odds were against us.

Football is a game in which all sorts of things […]

Final score and live match report West Ham United – Arsenal : 1-0

By Walter Broeckx

A back 3 with Sokratis, Koscielny and Mustafi and with Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac as wing backs. On the beach we had the return of Bellerin and Monreal. No Özil to be seen in the team.

Arsenal team at the start : Leno, Sokratis, Koscielny, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Aubameyang, Lacazette. […]

West Ham v Arsenal: the team, the returnees, the beach, the past, the future

by Bulldog Drummond

Today is the 11th anniversary of the launch of the Untold Arsenal site. Our first ever article published on 14th, concerned the match against Birmingham on 12 Jan 2008, and focussed on rotational fouling which was unpunished by the referee.


There’s no real consensus on who is going to play but […]

West Ham v Arsenal: the tendencies.

By Bulldog Drummond

Samir Nasri is likely to appear for Wham (that is the football club not the popular singing combo) against Arsenal. He played for West Ham in their FA Cup win against Birmingham.

And the buzz stat that is circulating is the both teams have only managed to concede zero goals […]

Why can’t Arsenal buy any players in this month – but maybe we’ve got one.

By Bulldog Drummond

Unai Emery has said Arsenal will not be able to sign players this month but just take them on loan. So all this talk of Barcelona’s Denis Suárez and Sevilla’s Éver Banega means loan deals not transfers – if the talk has any basis in fact.

And all the other chatter about […]

Matchweek 22 – All the Games and Officials and the predictions

by Andrew Crawshaw

Here courtesy of are the matches and officials for this weekend’s games. Please note that kickoffs are at 15:00 unless otherwise stated. Where no Predictions article is listed, it will be added in the course of the next day or so on the Predictions website.

Saturday 12 January

12:30 West Ham […]

Late ‘Smash and Grab’ sees our Women reach the semi-final of the Continental Tyres Cup

by Andrew Crawshaw

Arsenal Women hosted Birmingham in the quarter-final of the Continental Tyres Cup last night at a very cold Meadow Park. Joe Montemurro rotated his squad to a degree with the Club having three important games in a week. Our starting 11 was

Sari van Veenendaal

Katie McCabe, Jannni […]

West Ham v Arsenal injury news, line up and transfer update

By Bulldog Drummond

Physioroom currently has Arsenal top of the league table for injuries alongside West Ham United, each club on nine injured players.

But a closer look at the figures suggests that a fair number of these players should be avaialble for selection for Arsenal in the West Ham game. Indeed while WHAM, as […]

These are not good days for football journalists who like to be called investigative

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Transfer window times are when journalists and bloggers make prats of themselves, regularly touting stories of transfers, and trying to slide out of any responsibility by citing unknown overseas sources as the origin of the story – omitting to say that these self-same sources are often quoting the English newspapers and […]

Arsenal appoint loan manager – and here’s how the loanees are doing…

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal have moved senior football analyst Ben Knapper over to the new position of Loans Manager.

Ben Knapper has been working for Arsenal with Prozone who gather sports data for Arsenal – having joined the club in 2010. It is said that he will work with director of football Raul Sanllehi and […]

Two players absolutely totally dead certain to sign for Arsenal plus new Director of Football

By Sir Hardly Anyone

And those two players are…

“£26m star ready to snub Man Utd to join Arsenal after Gunners make contact over deal”

That headline is from Football-Talk and it relates to Yannick Carrasco.

The other player comes through this headline…

“Offer accepted: Player agrees Arsenal transfer after chat […]

Who will spend money this window, and what Pochettino said about Wenger.

By Tony Attwood

One can’t help but smile when one sees headlines such as “Jurgen Klopp facing defensive crisis as Liverpool lose Dejan Lovren to hamstring injury” in the Telegraph, especially if one thinks, “What would they have said about Arsenal? And come to that what they have said about Arsenal – although Liverpool didn’t […]

Arsenal Women’s Football update – Mind the gap!

by Andrew Crawshaw

Following the Christmas break the Women’s league games restarted on Sunday.

We started the WSL matches with a 12:30 kickoff away at West Ham. The match was shown by the BBC on their red button and on-line services in the UK so a decent picture, even if accompanied by annoying commentators.



The Top 5 most likely transfers for Arsenal that you are not supposed to know about

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Now we are all used to wild and weird transfer rumours popping up and turning out to be completely untrue, but then there is something else. For the Daily Excess today published an article on the five players Arsenal are most likely to sign.

Nothing odd about that, of course, […]

The Inside Story: how today’s football rumours all come from one source

By Sir Hardly Anyone, our man on the inside.

Ever wondered how a club like Arsenal can be so chaotic in its transfer dealings and player management? Or how there are so many football rumours all swirling around at once. Or who creates them?

And if it is […]

Refs get a lot more right than wrong, but anyway it’s ok, they’re English.

By Tony Attwood

An interesting article in the Guardian today about making mistakes, by Daniel Taylor, which contains this line…

“The referees you see demonised on social media tend to get a lot more right than wrong,” and of course that is absolutely true. The article goes on to say that with VAR next season […]

Journalists panic as transfer rumour could actually turn out to be true

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Once upon a time football rumours, which Untold has followed with a combination of absolute disdain and occasional amusement, were out on their own. Wild and whacky with no sense of Earthly reality, the stories were created by drunken scribblers meandering around the Toppled Bollard public house telling shouting out names […]

Final score and live match report FA Cup Blackpool – Arsenal : 0-3

By Walter Broeckx

Apparantly Koscielny injured himself before the match so the line up given at first had to be changed. Jenkinson came in his place. Nketiah leading the line in this match.

Arsenal team at the start: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Willock, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Iwobi, Nketiah On the beach: Martinez, Jenkinson,Medley, Torreira, […]

Blackpool v Arsenal: the match preview and team guesswork

By Bulldog Drummond

There is little point trying to write out a team sheet because far too much is unknown for this match. We do know that various academy players have been used this season so far, with Bukayo Saka being the last when he came on against Fulham. But which ones are still in […]

The FA Cup Third Round – All the games and match officials including those on VAR duties

by Andrew Crawshaw

Here courtesy of are all of the games and officials including those on VAR duty. Kickoffs are at 15:00 unless noted:-

Friday 4 January

19.45pm Tranmere Rovers FC v Tottenham Hotspur,

Referee Andre Marriner

Assistant Referees Edward Smart & Marc Perry

Fourth Official Paul Tierney. The result was 0-7.

Saturday 5 […]

Arsenal in the FA Cup, and when unbeatable challengers finally fall flat.

By Tony Attwood

When it comes to records in the FA Cup there really isn’t much point looking beyond the top two clubs, since they are so far above the rest, no one else could get close for years.

Club Wins Last win Runners up Last 2nd Total finals Arsenal 13 2017 7 2001 20 […]