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February 2019
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Arsenal a selling club, Freddie backs Eddie, next season’s team, Tottenham’s nickname

Sir Hardly Anyone takes a look at the latest gibberings from the media.

Steve Sidwell says he is shocked at how events have unfolded at Arsenal since he left the club, with the expected progress having never materialised. That is interesting since after he left the club, Arsenal had an unbeaten season while winning […]

Arsenal v BATE: what are the chances of an Arsenal victory by 2+ goals?

by Bulldog Drummond

Since the run of unbeaten games ended at Southampton on 16 December Arsenal have played 14 games. Seven have been lost, six have been won and just one has been a draw.

Date Game Res Score Competition 16 Dec 2018 Southampton v Arsenal L 3-2 Premier League 19 Dec 2018 Arsenal […]

Why won’t the media ever investigate the cause of referee errors?

by Tony Attwood

We have a national curriculum in schools in England which sets out the subjects all students have to study up to the age of 16. In that list of subjects is “science.”

Now if you were taught science reasonably well, you might recall that included in that […]

Sir Hardly Anyone’s update on Arsenal’s director of football quest and other tales

By Sir Hardly Anyone

One of the key things to remember with football blogs is that a number of correspondents who, well, not to put too fine a point on it “correspond” with the blog, don’t actually read the series of articles on which they are commenting (nor even all of the most recent) as […]

Where can Arsenal go from here?

By Tony Attwood

We’ve been looking at different aspects of the new reign of Mr Emery at Arsenal and trying to see where it leads. Articles thus far include

How to kill a player: the issues of Ozil

So should we be supporting Emery, given the way things are going?

Is Mr Emery getting Arsenal […]

Is Mr Emery the right man for the job? The worrying signs…

by Tony Attwood

I suspect that anyone who was present when Patrick Vieira came on as a substitute for his first appearance for Arsenal at Highbury, will never forget the moment. Young and inexperienced though he was, and with his manager on the other side of the world still working in Japan, and with a […]

Is Mr Emery getting Arsenal right, or is he leading us down the wrong path?

by Tony Attwood

Yesterday Walter in his article How to kill a player raised the issue of how the club is treating Ozil, which itself raises the question, how does the issue of Ozil fit with our long-running banner headline “supporting the club the manager and the team.” It’s something I have been becoming increasingly […]

So should we be supporting Emery, given the way things are going?

by Blacksheep

Hello everybody, I doubt you’ve missed me but it has been a very long time since I wrote anything for Untold. This is mostly because I’ve been busy writing non-football stuff but also because I’ve not really had anything to say.

Like Tony I was initially quite encouraged by the recruitment of Unai […]

How to kill a player


By Walter Broeckx

After the world cup in Russia in 2018 Özil was the scapegoat of the German media and the fans. He was blamed for all that went wrong. And we know how the media report things is how the more ignorant football supporter will look at the game and will look at […]

Final score live match report Europa League Bate Borisov – Arsenal : 1-0

By Walter Broeckx

Some changes compared to last weekend. Cech as expected in goal in the Europa League. Xhaka also returned from injury and starts in the place of Torreira who drops to the bench. Aubameyang was on the beach.

Arsenal team at the start: Cech, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, […]

BATE v Arsenal: ruminations on the team, the injuries and BATE’s potential

by Bulldog Drummond

Arsenal’s commentary on the injured shows us

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang In full training. Mesut Ozil In full training. Sokratis In full training ahead of schedule. Granit Xhaka In full training. Aaron Ramsey Right knee. Being assessed ahead of BATE Borisov (a).

Whether they will all play or not is another matter of course, […]

How the media comes daily to the rescue of the referees

By Tony Attwood

I have not kept exact records over the years on the issue, and sadly I don’t have the spare time to go back and check, but I get the impression that there are more articles in the mainstream media about referees these days than there were even just one year ago.

It […]

Sir Hardly Anyone reviews the opinions of Jamie Carragher on Arsenal

By Sir Hardly Anyone

It is rarely difficult to distinguish between a football journalist with a grievance and a ray of sunshine, and that is certainly the case in the aftermath of the latest wild ranting and raving from Jamie Carragher.

Take for example the Daily Express’ approach with its headline

“Chelsea news: […]

Continental Tyres Cup semi-final – the match report

by Andrew Crawshaw

This match was played on Thursday evening 7 February at Borehamwood against newly formed Championship side Manchester United.

Whilst a newly formed team, Manchester United are genuinely of WSL quality, although they play in the second tier of the women’s game it is only a matter of when they will gain promotion […]

Arsenal are quite clearly a top four club, but there’s just one problem

By Tony Attwood

There have, for many years, been certain clubs that are apart from the rest, because of their crowds and their historic results. The exact list of such clubs has changed over time, but it has, since the end of the first world war, included Manchester United and Arsenal, because of the consistently […]

Arsenal beat the away barrier, but it is still not enough

by Tony Attwood

Arsenal have now finally improved on last season’s awful away record. Here’s the current table for away games only

Pos Team P W D L F GA GD Pts 1 Tottenham Hotspur 13 11 0 2 30 13 17 33 2 Liverpool 13 9 3 1 24 8 16 30 3 Manchester […]

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

By Walter Broeckx

Mkhitaryan and Maitland-Niles return to the starting line up. A few absentees with Auba and Ozil missing out because of illness. According to we also miss Ramsey wiht a knee injury and Xhaka who still has trouble with his groin.

Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Kolasinac, Torreira, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, […]

Huddersfield v Arsenal and the issue of away form

by Bulldog Drummond

Unai Emery has put forward the view that the poor away form of Arsenal is a psychological issue, and of course there may be something in that. But the interpretation put on the remarks by journalists has as always been very short term, rather than looking back over this season and last […]

Huddersfield v Arsenal: injuries; the awful away form and the team

by Bulldog Drummond

Huddersfield must know that they are going down – it would be one of the all time escapes if they didn’t, and there is no sign of a turn around in recent games… Here is their league record since 1 December.

Date Game Res Score 01 Dec 2018 Huddersfield Town v […]

Matchweek 26 – The games and officials; phantom fouls and time under caution

by Andrew Crawshaw

Here, courtesy of, are this weekends fixtures and appointed match officials. Please note that kickoff times are 15:00 (UK time) unless otherwise noted :-

Saturday 9 February

12:30 Fulham v Man Utd Referee: Paul Tierney Assistants: Eddie Smart, Mick McDonough Fourth official: Graham Scott

Crystal Palace v West Ham Referee: Craig […]

Mindless twaddle: Sir Hardly Anyone’s roundup of Arsenal media inventions

by Sir Hardly Anyone

You need a certain type of mind these days to be a football journalist. A mind not cluttered with issues of reality or the detail of mere fact. A mind that is allowed to run free hither and thither, gambolling across great swathes of fantasy unhindered by any notion of reality, […]

Promoting Tottenham, Mourinho escapes jail, Chelsea face 2 years ban, Arsenal away problems.

By Tony Attwood

With Arsenal sitting in sixth position, where they were at this moment last season, and with just the one loan signing in January, many of the pundits have given up on the club as a source for news or indeed a source of knocking copy. Instead they are looking around […]

Arsenal Women’s Cup Week

by Andrew Crawshaw

By a quirk from the fixture Gods, this week has our Women with two cup ties. Sunday had us in the fourth round of the FA Cup and Thursday Evening has us in the semi-final of the League Cup.

Sunday 03 Feb – Crawley Wasps v Arsenal

This was one of those […]

This year last year: how Arsenal have progressed under Mr Emery

By Tony Attwood

One year ago after 25 games the league table in Mr Wenger’s final season had Arsenal 6th on 42 points. We were eight points off fourth place and the much derided (at the time) challenge for a Champions League place.

Team P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Manchester City […]

The Arsenal Junior Teams – January Update Part 3 – The Women’s Development Squad

by Andrew Crawshaw

Here is the current League table courtesy of

POS P W D L GD PTS 1 Reading FC Women Academy 15 11 1 3 30 35 * 2 Liverpool FC Women Academy 11 9 1 1 31 28 3 Chelsea FC Women Academy 13 9 0 4 11 27 4 Arsenal […]