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Watford v Arsenal. Pre match thoughts and the predicted teams

By Bulldog Drummond

What’s our prediction?

The Daily Telegraph predicts a 1-1 draw, as does the BBC. The Telegraph’s explanation is that “Given the strength of Watford’s squad – especially in a midfield that contains Roberto Pereyra, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Etienne Capoue – they should be doing better than they are.”

Certainly Watford have been […]

The nonsense ratings: what the bloggers are saying ahead of Watford v Arsenal

By Bulldog Drummond

The last in our little series of seeing just how much information we can get out of a blog or newspaper commentary with the reviews selected from the most popular pieces about Arsenal found on the internet.

First, the Daily Cannon with “Unai Emery gives baffling Nicolas Pepe update”

Rankings out […]

Watford v Arsenal: how have Watford been doing; how will Arsenal respond

By Bulldog Drummond

Watford have lost both their home games so far, while Arsenal have won one and lost one of their away games. A win, and with other results going our way, would take us up to third. Leicester are away to Manchester United and Palace are away to Tottenham, so defeats in both […]

What they are saying about Watford v Arsenal. Rating the journalists

By Bulldog Drummond

What we are doing in this little series is looking at various blog and newspaper commentaries and previews and through using four simple focal points trying to evaluate if any of them actually say anything meaningful or helpful at all.

In the first review of three previews it was difficult to find […]

Watford v Arsenal: How helpful and accurate are these journalists’ commentaries?

By Bulldog Drummond

In this little piece we look at a few current headlines concerning Watford v Arsenal and consider if they are actually worth publishing or merely a load of blather. In each case we consider the writing against four fundamental criteria: the headline, importance, discovery of new facts, and truthfulness.

1: What […]

The art of telling untruths when talking about Arsenal

Looking behind the ceaseless avalanche of anti-Arsenal propaganda.

By Tony Attwood

It is hardly a novelty to note that the concepts of “truth,” “logical analysis,” “evidence” and even “checking facts before giving opinions,” are not exactly prevalent in football journalism, be it on blogs or in newspapers and their websites, in podcasts, or on radio […]

Watford v Arsenal: defence v attack and the injuries

By Bulldog Drummond

There was a very interesting piece this week by Jason Burt, the Chief Football Correspondent of the Daily Telegraph on the topic of Watford and their new manager Quique Sánchez Flores in which it is said that “Flores was the best defensive coach they had employed and one who could organise them […]

The four incredibly simple factors all the pundits are missing this season

By Dr Billy “the Dog” McGraw, senior psychologist at the University College Hospital of the North Circular Road and chief consultant to the Moscow Metro system.

It really isn’t that hard to see. In fact most of them do see it. It is just that they are so keen on knocking Arsenal minute after minute, […]

The most dire anti-Arsenal football journalism we’ve seen

By Tony Attwood

The headline on the Daily Mirror’s website was worrying in the extreme:

Former Arsenal striker convicted of stalking ex-girlfriend and mother of his son

Stalking is a frightening and generally terrifying experience, and it is quite right that any man who stalks a woman – or worse stalks an ex, her mother […]

History shows Arsenal are on course for a top four finish

By Tony Attwood

If you have been with us for a while you will maybe remember that during the summer we ran a series celebrating Arsenal’s 100 years in the top division of English football – something no other club has come anywhere close to achieving.

Obviously in doing this I recognised that many anti-Arsenal […]

Web site reveals Arsenal’s next summer’s transfer target 10 months early!

By Sir Hardly Anyone

If you are a regular habitué of these parts you will know that in June each year we start recording all the players who are mentioned in the media as being about to be transferred to Arsenal. The summer total always ends up as being between 90 and 115 players.

However […]

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Far beyond the real world, the pundits profess the awfulness of Arsenal

By Dr Billy “the Dog” McGraw, chief psychologist at the University College Hospital of the North Circular Road.

Sometimes the mind wanders a little and I find myself in a land of “what if”; a land of beautiful dreams and enchanted forests, a land of… well another land. A land in which following an undercover […]

Arsenal Women v West Ham – Sunday 8 September The Untold Match Report

by Andrew Crawshaw

The Match was the last of the 10 WSL matches for the first game week. Here is a quick round up of the other nine :-

Manchester City started on Saturday afternoon with a derby against newly promoted Manchester United. This was played at the main Etihad stadium before a WSL […]

Arsenal v West Ham today: the expectations

by Bulldog Drummond

The new season of the Women’s Super League opens today with champions Arsenal playing West Ham. The game is live on BT Sport.

Last season’s table was a joy to behold not just because we were at the top with a seven point margin over the megamoney Man City, but also because […]

What’s all this? Positive Arsenal stories? Yes – a whole stream of them at once!!!

By Sir Hardly Anyone

We have all got so used to the stories that knock Arsenal at every turn that it is rather hard to get adjusted to a sudden switch to the positive stories. In the past it has not just been that we have bought the wrong players, but also that talented youngsters […]

Arsenal’s Europa list and the curious case of the Salisbury goalkeeper

by Tony Attwood

Just as the Premier League has its quaint regulations concerning players in PL matches, with the list of 25, the home grown list, and quite probably a few other quaint lists as well, so Uefa has its own little regulations that we have to go through each year.

What we haven’t yet […]

Who spent the most money this summer and has it done them any good?

By Tony Attwood

There were some huge variations in the amount of money being lashed out this summer – and indeed in the amount of money being received by clubs for players sold.

Each year different sources quote different sums of money being spent, and so as per previous years I have limited myself to […]

It’s Nic Bendtner mania all over again

By Sir Hardly Anyone

It took Nicklas Bendtner nine years to play 108 games for Arsenal and score 24 goals. Which doesn’t sound that good – although to be fair, for three of those years he was on loan, playing 42 games for Birmingham City (11 goals), 28 for Sunderland (8 goals) […]

The 25 players who left Arsenal this summer, and the tiny squad left behind

by Tony Attwood

Yesterday we published Arsenal’s 20 man squad for the new season

So it was with a little surprise that the editorial group at Untold peered at its screens soon after and saw the headline from the Express saying, “Arsenal 25-man Premier League squad revealed as Unai Emery includes new signings.”

Had […]

The one man tirade against Arsenal which the media just loves to report

By Sir Hardly Anyone

“Man United will finish in the top four but Arsenal are battling for sixth’.”

When talkSPROUT issued this headline to the world there was no need even to look up who said it. It was of course their one man Anti-Arsenal machine Tony Cascarino.

Quite well known for being arrested […]

Why Arsenal’s squad of 25 has only 20 players!

Now this is where I traditionally go very wrong, so when you spot my errors please can you correct my workings gently, recognising that I am now a year older than I was last season, when I was pretty old anyway.

We actually have a squad of […]

The craziest Arsenal headlines of the last few days, and one piece well worth reading

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Well, well, well, as they say at the watering hole, what have we here? Another load of old bananas plus one piece that, even if you don’t agree with it, really does have a few thought provoking (as opposed to mind numbing) moments.

Of we go, and gibberish first…

1. Arsenal […]

Is the “top six” a Premier League fixture or is something about to change?

by Tony Attwood

I am not sure when people started talking about a “top six” rather than a “top 4” or any other designation for clubs that regularly finished near the top of the Premier League, but it seems to have become a permanent feature of the way in which the Premier League is […]

Who is a fit and proper person to own a football club and does Arsenal have one?

by Tony Attwood

With the recent demise of Bury Football Club – a club that won the FA Cup twice and came fourth in the Football League in the season that Arsenal reached above that position for the first time ever – one or two questions are starting to be asked as to who should […]