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The new manager: the full list of the men being touted for the job

by Adam Up

“Freddie Ljungberg warned Arsenal fans could turn on him like Solskjaer at Man Utd”

That headline from the bonkers Daily Star is about as pot calling the kettle black as it is possible to get. Not least because one of the great fermenters of ferment within Arsenal is the appalling Daily Star.

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Freddie against the evil empire. Will he stay or will he go? The media vs Arsenal

By Bulldog Drummond

Two bits of fake news have dominated the media; one that the low crowd on Thursday was somehow Mr Emery’s fault, rather than being a wholly botched attempted by Arsenal FC to manage the number of people arriving without a ticket, and the second that Freddie could not manage Arsenal because he […]

Norwich v Arsenal. Beware the pit with the TV camera, and other thuggery

By Bulldog Drummond

Norwich v Arsenal and the key question is: is the ground safe, or still as unsafe as before…

Arsene Wenger very reasonably claimed that Norwich City’s ground in December 2015 was unsafe for playing football after Ryan Bennett deliberately pushed Alexis Sanchez into the TV pit at Carrow Road.

Of course […]

The decline since Mr Wenger: those who forced him out want to do it again!!!!!!

By Dr Billy “the dog” McGraw, senior psychiatrist at the University College Hospital of the North Circular Road.

If you supported the removal of Arsene Wenger, if you held up a banner, shouted “Wenger Out!” or simply thought it, then you got what you want. Mr Wenger left. So now we are in the world […]

Hello Freddie: here’s your job description (but you might not want to read it)

by Tony Attwood

So just as the media and negative fans won with their campaign to get out Mr Wenger, which resulted in a decline in the club’s form, so now they have done it again. “Who runs the club?” we might ask – well mostly the media it seems.

Will Freddie steady the […]

Total breakdown of Arsenal security utterly missed by the media

by Bulldog Drummond

This was the most atrocious breakdown of stadium security at the Arsenal that I can remember.

We were told that there was a threat to the safety of Arsenal fans going to the match because of attempts by German fans to get into parts of the stadium they should not be in. […]

Arsenal v Eintracht Frankfurt in the empty stadium

By Bulldog Drummond

Our last game in the Europa was disappointing to say the least leaving the table looking like this

Team P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Arsenal 4 3 1 0 11 3 8 10 2 Standard Liege 4 2 0 2 5 7 -2 6 3 Eintracht Frankfurt 4 […]

Media go bonkers over roly poly pudding revelations in public bar

by Sir Hardly Anyone

The Toppled Bollard public house next door to Wapping Swamp, home of the UK’s leading newspapers, is the heartland of English football stories, the place where it all happens, where everything is made up, where nothing is real, and members of the royal family pop in for a quickie.

For […]

Where does all this transfer money come from? I think we may have the answer…

By Tony Attwood

The revelation that the top spenders in last summer’s transfer window were all doing worse than they might have expected, has not impacted on the drive of blogs and bonkers journalists to get Arsenal to spend more, more and evermore, even though it was under a year ago that Arsenal Supporters Trust […]

Arsenal – 100 in the top division: a celebration

by Tony Attwood

Chair, AISA Arsenal History Society.

As you may know, I run an Arsenal history website, as well as Untold Arsenal, and normally keep the two quite separate. However because of the importance of this season’s anniversary – 100 years in the top division – I recently ran a series of articles on […]

The scandal of Arsenal v Eintracht Frankfurt tickets

by Tony Attwood

Ahead of this game an announcement appeared on Arsenal.com stating that access to tickets was going to be very restricted. Red members, for example, would not be able to buy tickets and there would be no sale of tickets to away fans.

And yet at the same time hundreds of websites were […]

What is the best way to deal with our under 21s?

by Tony Attwood

You know that endless story that the FA put out… the story that the lackies of the FA working in the English media dutifully reprint… the one about how England can’t do well in internationals because we have too many foreign players in our country.

I’ve argued against that for years, showing […]

Who on earth would want to manage Arsenal with this atmosphere?

by Tony Attwood

Among the many comments made on this site after the Southampton game there was this one…

“Atmosphere at the Emirates is completely toxic now. Performances get worse and worse every week. It’s not going to get better under Emery and it’s absolutely not healthy. Sack him now before any more damage is […]

The reasons why Mourinho went to Tottenham not Arsenal

By Tony Attwood

We are used to seeing some pretty weird headlines in the last couple of weeks as the media work hard to outdo each other in knocking and indeed destabilising Arsenal. The reporting of any sort of real news seems to have vanished to be replaced by speculation even wilder than that associated […]

Wot no mention of the referee in the Southampton game?

By Tony Attwood

It takes me several hours to leave the Arsenal Stadium, get the train back to Blacksheep’s house, say hello / goodbye to his good lady wife, and then drive up the A1 to my home in the East Midlands.

And thus by the time I get home the media men and women […]

Arsenal v Southampton, the team, Xhaka, the injuries, the stats

by Bulldog Drummond

We have one injury listed by Physioroom: Dani Ceballos with a thigh injury. It is not reported as being a major injury, but may well keep him out of the team for the game against Southampton.

Tierney did not play for Scotland, as Arsenal requested that he should be allowed further time […]

Arsenal V Southampton recent form and the visitors’ interesting managers

By Bulldog Drummond

From 2014 to 2016 Southampton were one of those sides who adopted what we might call a “certain style” which Arsenal, believing that the game was football and not elbows, did not like the result one little bit.

Date Game Res Score Competition 23 Sep 2014 Arsenal v Southampton L 1-2 League […]

Arsenal v Southampton: at home the danger comes from the fans

By Bulldog Drummond

If you think these are difficult times for Arsenal, then spare a thought for Southampton…

Date Game Res Score Competition 28 Sep 2019 Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton L 2-1 Premier League 01 Oct 2019 Walsall v Southampton L 1-0 FL Trophy 06 Oct 2019 Southampton v Chelsea L 1-4 Premier League 19 […]

What to do when the defendent threatens the court? In football – nothing!

by Tony Attwood

Normally, in any European court of law, when a defendant threatens the judge or the prosecuting counsel the defendant is taken to the cells and is subsequently prosecuted in a separate case. Threatening the judge, the legal system or the prosecution counsel is considered rather a serious offence.

But of course, as […]

How all of last summer’s big spenders have all run into trouble

by Tony Attwood and a calculator.

I have been running the story that 80% of the Premier League clubs that have changed their manager in recent times are now doing far worse than they were under the old manager.

The general response to this is that this doesn’t matter, for things are SO bad at […]

Premier League referees decide rest of the world is wrong and they are right

By Tony Attwood

The PGMO, the fanatically secretive organisation that runs refereeing in the Premier League, have decided what they regularly decide – the rest of the world is getting it wrong, and only the PGMO are right.

So while the rest of football uses pitchside monitors to assist with VAR this will only happen […]

Arsenal need world class supporters to give us back our identity

By Tony Attwood

We obviously do have a crisis in the club at the moment, with endless bitching and complaining about players, management and directors, and numerous people who have had no experience whatsoever of even working in a club (let alone working in a club at a senior level) moaning, moaning and then, just […]

The shocking truth behind the plans to sack Emery as manager

By Tony Attwood

Take a look at the blogs and newspapers and you will find article after article about how Arsenal’s performance has declined this year and how vital it is for the manager to be changed.

What these self-same blogs and newspaper journalists are not writing about is how two years ago many of […]

Women’s league record crowd for Totts v Arsenal, but it could have been even greater

By Bulldog Drummond

That Arsenal Women beat Tottenham Women was not so much the main story. Nor was it that we stayed third in the league one point behind the leaders Chelsea that made the headlines yesterday. It was the crowd.

At what I suppose we now have to call […]

Modern day match fixing in football: how it works

By Tony Attwood

As I mentioned in my last little piece, match fixing in English football is never mentioned in the media. This could be because it does not exist, or because there is an agreement never to talk about it.

In the last piece I drew the comparison with the conspiracy theory that suggests […]