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What the Africa Cup of Nations means for Premier League players and their clubs

By Sir Hardly Anyone

As you may have noticed, the Africa Cup of Nations has begun. A little later than planned, but it has begun.

What it means is that those players involved will not be available at the start of the season since they won’t have had a proper summer rest. In this case […]

The top six clubs are shedding players. Here’s the chart of who has gone

By Tony Attwood

I decided to put in this chart of players in last season’s top six clubs who are already noted as leaving, following some blog comments to the effect that the release of half a dozen players by Arsenal for the grand sum of £3.5m showed how disorganised we are in our […]

SATIRE: 65 players the media say Arsenal are signing, 20 leaving, 1 new director

Research, analysis and constant hiccups from too much time associating with football journalists by Sir Hardly Anyone.

Of whom it has been said.

Part 1 of the Transfer List: The Players coming to Arsenal this summer

We have six new players announced in the past week, with five others having […]

Satire: 10 players arriving, five leaving and Edu arrives (although that’s probably not satire)

By Sir Hardly Anyone

So the season ends and as expected Cech went back to Chelsea. And immediately the blogs were reporting Arsenal fans being annoyed – TBR Football was one of many such sites with this story.

But the report came with no sense of irony; irony because many supporters had been saying that […]

Manchester United taking on Arsenal’s role of the game’s great incompetents

By Tony Attwood

“Incompetence” has long been a theme of disenchanted supporters of Arsenal, and the bloggers and journalists who love to encourage their moaning, day after day after day. Arsenal are not just poor at football, they are incompetent at management, recruitment, organisation, training, decision making, pitch maintenance…

Take these stories across the past […]

Project Yoof: there does seem to be a serious plan in place to cope with the lack of money

By Tony Attwood

I guess for many of us who just go and watch the under 23s occasionally through the season, the appointment of Freddie Ljungberg to first team duties as a coach was a bit of a surprise. Not because Freddie is not a good coach and a man who is totally Arsenal […]

Arsenal next season: the story the media refuse to reveal

By Tony Attwood

If you want to know what the media are saying about Arsenal this summer and have been saying since the end of the season it is simple. We need to buy loads of players – particularly defenders. Indeed Charlie Nicholas, increasingly disjointed from contemporary reality, summarises nicely in the rant reported in […]

SATIRE: Could Hérold Goulon be Arsenal’s  answer for the problematic  ‘central spine’?

From Brickfields Gunners

Could Hérold Goulon be Arsenal’s answer for the problematic ‘central spine ‘ in our defensive midfield and center back /positions?

Who ? You may well ask. Although Goulon has played before in the English league ,the Frenchman has been mostly plying of his trade in the lower leagues for most of […]

Was the difference between Arsenal’s home and away form really that unusual?

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal were a different kettle of fish at home and away from home last season. In fact you may have seen me mention it before. At home Arsenal were the third best team in the league in term of points with a goal scoring difference of +26. Away from home Arsenal […]

Satire: The 59 players tipped by the media to be coming to Arsenal and 21 leaving

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Background noise

The players listed below aren’t all coming to Arsenal of course, nor are all of the 21 shown as leaving actually leaving, but these are the names of players that individual blogs and newspapers are claiming one way or another are coming our way or […]

Historically Arsenal managers mostly face a 2nd season malaise. Emery must beware!

By Tony Attwood

I have seen it argued that managers often do better in their second season at a club than in their first, as by the second season they have got to understand the players in the squad and been able to bring in new players to suit their style of play.

Thus Mr […]

National news website agrees story about Arsenal transfer was obvious fake

By Sir Hardly Anyone

This is the fourth summer running that we have run our transfer rumours index, each time showing that around 97% of the supposed deals never happen. Indeed as far as we can tell, they were never going to happen, but were in fact just fantasies invented by writers looking […]

Fifa corruption as rife as ever, but English tax payers keep funding them.

 

 

By Tony Attwood

 

On 27 May 2015 Untold ran this headline

If Fifa execs had read Untold in January they would have known they were going to be arrested

That story related back to our piece on 22 January that year which itself had the headline

Switzerland take a greater interest in […]

Arsenal sign Saliba, Alexis and Gabriel all at once

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Three players at once? Yes if you believe the media. But then, on the other hand, if you believe the media then you believe, well, just about anything. Including the fact that we are currently trying to sign 54 players.

But I thought it might be fun to put these three […]

8 more players heading for Arsenal and 3 more leaving. Plus coaching shake up.

By Sir Hardly Anyone

We often report that 3% of all transfer rumours end up being correct – but this number would be far lower than this were it not for the fact that we include rumours that suddenly emerge en masse just a few days before an actual signing. One such […]

Cohen and his Englishness: the most bonkers neo-nationalistic FA story ever

Research by Andrew Crawshaw, opinions by Tony Attwood

The FA have for years been trying to break away from the EU imposed rule of allowing EU players from all nationalities to play for clubs without restriction.

UEFA introduced the rule at the start of the 2006/07 football season requiring that all teams entering European club […]

This time Arsenal you have got it wrong

By Tony Attwood

As you may have read in the media, an Arsenal academy coach has been fined and banned for three matches having called a female teenage referee “little prick,” at the end of a game for Under 9s. He was charged with using improper language and behaviour towards a referee and insulting the […]

Arsenal transfer commentary language changes: now the pundits know best

By Tony Attwood

Recently one of the most read Arsenal stories doing the rounds on the internet was “Arsenal would commit the biggest transfer blunder by signing this 26-year-old flop even though it is for free.” The story appeared in Media Referee and came with the sub heading “Gunners should drop their interest in […]

David Dein’s prison project: the positive story of football putting something back.

By Tony Attwood

David Dein was the Arsenal director who introduced Arsène Wenger to Arsenal, and ultimately recruited him as Arsenal’s manager. When Dein resigned as a director it was a huge shock to Mr Wenger, and to most Arsenal watchers. And indeed a few of us were very fearful at the time as to […]

The Arsenal Departure Board; June 2019

by Andrew Crawshaw

So far Arsenal have confirmed the departure of 10 players following the expiry of their contracts. Whilst many are well known, I have added my thoughts on the youngsters who you might not be as familiar with.

Vontae Daley-Campbell a highly thought of Right Back and a mainstay of our U18 team […]

Mr Emery kept Arsenal stable in his first season, so what’s he going to do now?

By Tony Attwood

You may recall that we recently undertook a bit of an analysis comparing Mr Emery’s first season at Arsenal with Mr Wenger’s last. The full report is here in case you missed it but the long and the short of the analysis was that at home we conceded the same number of […]

This transfer makes no sense: worrying times indeed for Arsenal

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Many people question why I hang around in public houses as derelict and beaten up as the Toppled Bollard on Wapping Swamp, talking to derelict and beaten up so-called football journalists in an attempt to find out who is going to transfer to Arsenal this week.

And I must admit […]

Arsenal: 100 Years in the First Division – but what about more titles

This article continues from the piece, “No Champs League again, but how are Arsenal going to turn this around?” published earlier today.

It is 100 years since Arsenal were elected to the first division upon its expansion. Take out 11 years when football was not played, and we have been in the first division for […]

No Champs League again, but how are Arsenal going to turn this around?

By Tony Attwood

There was an interesting article recently by Nick Hornby which looks back at the past season and says, “We used to blame Wenger and the kinds of players he liked, the technically gifted, physically unimposing attacking midfielders who seemed to occupy every position on the pitch. Torreira, Granit Xhaka and Sokratis […]

44 players Arsenal are tipped to sign this summer; 16 are going.

By Tony Attwood

Every summer for the last few years we have charted the names of players who are touted by the newspapers and radio stations to be coming to Arsenal, and those who are leaving. Each year the total has got to over 100, with on average no more than 3% of the predictions […]