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Another serious misuse of football statistics by those who should know better

By Tony Attwood

In the affterglow of last night’s lovely victory for Arsenal, I want to turn to something different, not because I didn’t enjoy last night, but because this is Untold, and we like to cover stories no one else will cover.

And what we consider here is a perfect example of the creation […]

Final score and live match report Arsenal – Bournemouth : 5-1

By Walter Broeckx

A big surprise at right back with Jenkinson making his first start in the PL in a long, long time. Welcome back you Gunner/Gooner. A few absentees like Xhaka and Maitland-Niles who were more or les expected to be involved. I don’t know if this is down to an injury or illness. […]

Arsenal v Bournemouth: team selections from around the media and the form guide

By Bulldog Drummond

The key thinking ahead of this game as far as the media is concerned – or at least the media that bother to look at such things – is that Bournemouth have a host of injuries and Arsenal don’t. There’s not too much on exactly how this is going to help Arsenal, […]

Arsenal v Bournemouth: the home and away form, and the injuries

by Bulldog Drummond

The good news is that this is a home game – not just so that we can go and see it, but also because we can go into the game with a really good track record at home…

Home games only

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 […]

How are Arsenal doing this season compared to previous years?

By Tony Attwood

The central question is a simple one: are we doing any better this under Mr Emery than previously under Mr Wenger?

The reason for asking is that the campaign to oust Mr Wenger was also very simple, consisting just of the message, “Wenger Out”. It didn’t talk about how much money might […]

Matchweek 28 – All the game, Officials and the return of rotational fouling

by Andrew Crawshaw

In the weekend games that between United and Liverpool stands out in terms of the number of fouls called – 15 against United and 17 against Liverpool – one every 3 minutes overall. Three United players were substituted with muscular injuries. One United player got a yellow card whilst three Liverpool players […]

Final score and live match report Arsenal – Southampton : 2-0

By Walter Broeckx

A few changes mostly down to give some rest to players with a busy week ahead and the midweek match. Özil and Aubameyang drop on the bench and Ramsey and Lacazette come in their place. Sokratis starts in the playce of Koscielny and Kolasinac starts in the place of Monreal in a […]

Arsenal v Southampton: three versions of the teams and what’s happened lately

By Bulldog Drummond

As we all remember, I am sure, it was a defeat away to Southampton that started Arsenal on the downward turn earlier in the season after the unbeaten run.

Here is what has happened from the last Southampton match onwards

Date Game (all PL except as marked) Res Score 16 Dec 2018 […]

Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo to Arsenal. What will it mean, and will it work

By Tony Attwood

So the word is that Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo known to us ordinary folk on Monchi, is going to be our new technical director. He is Spanish, so can talk to our manager, is 50 years old, and played in goal being one of those goal keepers who spent most of his time […]

Chelsea banned, FA fined, Coventry on the edge…

By Tony Attwood

We’ve been here before, and before and before: the issue of the transfers of young players, and the way English clubs treat them. There have been warnings and fines for several clubs over time – Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City – I won’t go through it all again, as we have covered […]

Matchweek 27 – all the games and officials, and some predictions.

by Andrew Crawshaw

In the last round of matches the following stands out

Watford were called for 21 fouls in their game against Everton but only had two yellow cards awarded against them. Here is a table showing who committed the fouls and when. Andre Gray should consider himself lucky not to have picked up […]

Final score and live match report Uefa League Arsenal – Bate Borisov : 3-0

By Walter Broeckx

Arsenal with a few changes compared to last match. Özil in the starting line up and also Lichtsteiner starting the match. Remember Arsenal must win with a 2 goal advantage. Be it 2-0, 3-1, 4-2, 17-15, whatever.

Arsenal team: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Özil, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Aubameyang.

On the […]

Arsenal v BATE: three possible outcomes – and the reactions that will follow

By Bulldog Drummond

OK – three possible outcomes tonight…

1: We win easily and go through without any worries

This implies a couple of early goals and then a third which means that even if an away goal emerged, it would be of no immediate significance.

The reaction from the media would be Arsenal scrape […]

Will Arsenal fans turn on Emery if next season starts badly?

By Tony Attwood

There is an article in the Daily Star which basically says that if Arsenal do not get off to a good start next season, supporters will be calling for the manager to be sacked.

I don’t know if that is true at any level. A terrific run this season, after the first […]

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 can we expect

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, […]