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The problem with the wild west youth policies

By Tony Attwood

It was nearly ten years ago that Chelsea were banned from signing any more youth players – a ban that was eventually overturned on appeal.

But now Chelsea are once again waiting to see how an enquiry by Fifa into their transfer dealings in the youth market will pan out. […]

Denis Suárez joins Arsenal as we get to the “not a trophy” position.

By Tony Attwood

Without playing Arsenal have moved up to fourth in the league – the much sought after “not a trophy” position.

Team P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Liverpool 24 19 4 1 55 14 41 61 2 Manchester City 24 18 2 4 63 19 44 56 3 Tottenham […]

Transfer updates: who has spent and who we are getting today and tomorrow

By Sir Hardly Anyone

So far this transfer window the grand net spend or profit of the bigger clubs are

Arsenal – nothing Chelsea – £49.1m net spend – Christian Pulisic who was immediately loaned out. Liverpool – £17m net profit Man City – £15m net profit Man U – nothing Tottenham – £11m profit. […]

The curious case of the uneven effect of referee activity in the PL.

by Andrew Crawshaw

Below is a table showing matches undertaken by each referee for the ‘top 6’ clubs (I have also included Everton as they have had the most referees this season)

Total games Percent featuring top 6 Top 6 games Arsenal Chelsea Liverpool Man C Man U Spurs Everton Anthony Taylor 20 65% 13 […]

Final score and live match report Arsenal – Cardiff City : 2-1

By Walter Broeckx

Seven changes to the starting line up. Some understandable… some not so. No Maitland-Niles to be seen and Lichtsteiner starting…. But who am I. I hope that Emery proves me and a lot of us wrong at the end of the match. The inclusion of Monreal is more understandable. Özil starts and […]

Arsenal v Cardiff: the team and the track record

By Bulldog Drummond

So what of today?

We obviously don’t have Sokratis for several games, and although Koscielny seems just to have bruised his jaw rather than had it broken, I suspect he won’t be risked even if he feels fit.

Meanwhile it may be just me but I am finding one or two of […]

Matchweek 24 – All the Games, All the Officials

by Andrew Crawshaw

Here, courtesy of, are the matches for this mid-week round which is Matchweek 24. Kickoff times are 19:45 unless noted otherwise. Predictions for some of the games will appear on the Predictions websites. The Arsenal v Cardiff predictions are already online.

Tuesday 29 January

Arsenal v Cardiff City Referee: Mike Dean […]

The curious case of the uneven effect of referee activity in the PL. Part 2

Caution and Liverpool Part 2 – Some Details

By Gordon Haverland

This article continues from the previous post The curious effect of referee actions on the top six clubs this season.


There are two kinds of treatments, the ones where a physio does not come on to the field to bring the player off […]

The curious effect of referee actions on the top six clubs this season.


By Gordon Haverland and Tony Attwood

Is there really any evidence that Premier League matches are being rigged via referees? That is a question that we are often asked, and we have often replied that yes there is some evidence, but it is not definitive. However we also note how the PGMO which runs […]

Out of three of the four competitions already, what does Arsenal do now?

By Tony Attwood

If the question above were posed as “What SHOULD Arsenal do now” rather than as it is written, the answer would undoubtedly be very complicated. But Arsenal commentators on football don’t do complicated – they like simple, easy solutions. And therein lies another problem.

For the problem with simple solutions to complex […]

Live match report FA Cup Arsenal – Manchester United : 1-3

By Walter Broeckx

Not much changes compared to the team that won from Chelsea. Cech as expected in goal and Maitland-Niles playing in the place of the unlucky Bellerin. Iwobi starting in the place of Guendouzi.

Arsenal team at the start: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Ramsey, Iwobi, Aubameyang, Lacazette

On the beach: […]

The FA Cup Fourth Round – All the Games and Match Officials including VAR

by Andrew Crawshaw

Here, courtesy of the FA website are the matches and officials for the 16 matches in the FA Cup Fourth Round:-

Friday 25 January

Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers

7.45pm, Friday 25 January

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Assistant Referees: Richard West & Lee Venamore

Fourth Official: Craig Hicks

Arsenal v Manchester United

7.55pm, […]

Arsenal v Manchester United, FA Cup. The team

By Bulldog Drummond

I imagine that Petr Cech will play in goal, as that seems to be the arrangement and the player has to stay match fit as he is the backup for the rest of the season.

In defence we could use the back four approach although obviously we don’t have Hector Bellerin for […]

Arsenal v Manchester United: FA Cup 4th round; the form.

By Bulldog Drummond

As you will remember Arsenal are constantly being criticised in the media. And yet for a team which is being heavily criticised, especially for its defence, Arsenal’s home form remains unquestionably good…

Home games only

Team P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Manchester City 12 11 0 1 40 […]

The battle of the two evenly match Cup giants: Arsenal v Manchester United

by Bulldog Drummond

These two clubs – Arsenal and Manchester United – utterly dominate the FA Cup between them. Indeed the total number of finals that they have played in (20 each) dwarf other clubs as the table below shows.


Club Wins Total final appearances Arsenal 13 20 Manchester United 12 20 Liverpool 7 […]

With the emphasis on profit against investment Arsenal finances slip

By Tony Attwood

The Deloitte Money League which records the position of clubs from a financial point of view shows, for the first time, six English clubs in the world’s top ten football clubs, thanks to Wembley.

Wembley is not a club of course but a source of additional revenue for Tottenham Hotspur. For with […]

Who will win the Europa League?

by Robert Johnson

Last season, Arsenal were looking like strong contenders for the Europa League. They drew the first leg of the semi-final against Athletico Madrid at the Emirates. However, their Europa League hopes were ended when Diego Costa scored the solo goal in the second leg of the semi-final. After beating Arsenal, Diego Simeone’s […]

Arsenal have a worse defence than Newcastle. But strangely the media don’t notice

By Sir Hardly Anyone.

There is a rambling article in the Daily Express website that contains this statement…”Arsenal currently sit fifth in the Premier League table but have once again struggled at the back this season.”

Now I think a lot of people would go along with that, probably without even thinking about it too […]

Replacing Bellerin, yet more transfers, and another goalkeeper.

By Tony Attwood

First an apology for the delay in publishing through yesterday and this morning. Like many blogs, we’re run by volunteers, and we simply ran out of people yesterday and this AM. Hopefully getting ourselves back together now.

And so what did we miss – well obviously Bellerin. So now we have three […]

Before we get to the blame, shouldn’t we decide what makes a crisis?

By Tony Attwood

“Unai Emery is not at fault for Arsenal shambles – blame the board, Wenger and Ozil instead”

So says a recent Jamie Carragher article. It is one of those pieces in which there’s not much point going beyond the headline, because he’s made his point, and you know he’ll just be reinforcing […]

The Arsenal Junior Teams January Update – Part 1 the U18s

by Andrew Crawshaw

Our U18s are currently managed by Ken Gillard.

The U18s are currently second in their league, the U18 Premier League South having played 13 of their 22 games. We are 2 points behind Spurs and 3 ahead of Chelsea. Aston Villa are fourth by a big margin so it looks to be […]

Arsenal v Chelsea: cheering Giroud and this impressive home form

by Tony Attwood

Because of the need to get back to the station for the return journey home, I left the stadium yesterday immediately upon the final whistle and so missed what turned out to be an interesting event. But fortunately my pal Steve who sits next to me in the East Stand did stay, […]

Arsenal v Chelsea; recent results and the line up.

By Bulldog Drummond

If we look back across the last three seasons we can see that Chelsea has been a tough, but not impossible opponent for us…

02 Aug 2015 Arsenal v Chelsea W 1-0 Community Shield 19 Sep 2015 Chelsea v Arsenal L 2-0 Premier League 24 Jan 2016 Arsenal v Chelsea L 0-1 […]

Arsenal v Chelsea what the media are saying ahead of the game

By Bulldog Drummond

According to the Telegraph, this game v Chelsea “is arguably the biggest game of the season so far. If Arsenal lose, they will be nine points behind the top four, while they can also be overtaken by sixth-placed Manchester United.”

But then in a different article the same newspaper says, “Having inflicted […]

Arsenal v Chelsea; the home and away form.

By Bulldog Drummond

The Physioroom league table of injuries shows Arsenal in the lower reaches of the table, along with Chelsea. Top of the tree and out there on their own is West Ham on nine players injured. After that comes Newcastle on seven, Liverpool and Cardiff on six, Tottenham and Southampton on five, Bournemouth […]