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This is no surprise: in football there is not fit and proper person test

By Tony Attwood

In football we hear about it all the time: the fit and proper person’s test. And we gather that since he is at the helm of Manchester City, Sheikh Mansour is a fit and proper person. I am sure that is right.

But it seems Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, crown […]

The Arsenal youngsters on the up and why the speculation is wrong

by Tony Attwood

Arsenal have an incredibly interesting group of youngsters in the club at the moment. Consider these players who already have first team squad numbers…

In defence there are three

Tolaji Bola, Zech Medley, Bukayo Saka

In midfield there are seven

Ainsley Maitland Niles, Joe Willock, Matteo Guendouzi, Robbie Burton, Reiss Nelson, Eddie […]

Arsenal must decide on one of these four

by Tony Attwood

There are four stories circulating about Arsenal.

Story 1: Arsenal are buying, and they are going to buy big. This is the overall conclusion that one has from the fact that no less than 101 players have been tipped as being sought by Arsenal this summer. And that before the transfer season […]

The 101 players coming to Arsenal this summer

By Sir Hardly Anyone

If you are using an advertisement blocker, please consider turning it off while reading Untold Arsenal. Running a blog with a large readership does have its costs in terms of the server, protection against hacking, and maintenance, even though none of the writers get paid.

Readers looking at advertisements on […]

Speculate to accumulate is a sound business model, but not for football

By Tony Attwood

Businesses that want to grow and last over time need to take risks, try out new ideas, explore new avenues, venture into something different.

Not all businesses do – some stick rigidly to what they know on the grounds that it has always worked until now, so “if it ain’t broke…” But […]

Clubs struggling to pay broadcasters refund; TV wants more concessions

By Tony Attwood

If you are reading this page with your ad blocker turned on, and if you appreciate what Untold does in raising questions often not seen elsewhere, could I ask that you consider turning the ad blocker off for Untold. It does cost money to keep the site running and clicks on the […]

Yet another clutch of transfers as Arsenal head towards 100 pre-window rumours

As you may have noticed we rather unusually had a suggestion for a number of other players who have been listed as transfers for Arsenal this summer, whom we have missed.

Obviously, a journal of such esteem as ours does need to check our sources, and we have […]

Arsenal have the youngest squad. Does that help our prospects?

by Tony Attwood

On 21 December 2019 Arsenal drew 0-0 with Everton.

The report on Sky Sports was typical, the opening paragraphs of their post-match posting reading,

“New Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti and Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta looked on from the stands at Goodison Park as their respective new sides played out a […]

The new contract chaos that football journalists don’t want to talk about

By Tony Attwood

It is already happening in Europe, but it is a subject football journalists are totally silent on, in England.

It is not complicated, it does not involve Fifa corruption (the topic that seems to be totally forbidden when it comes to reporting for fear of damaging the proposed FA bid for the […]

Finally the media is admitting just how bad PL finances have now become

By Tony Attwood

Untold has been arguing for quite a while that there is a profound financial crisis hitting the clubs which has been caused by their tendency to spend money they don’t have in order to reach the top seven and get into Europe, or to avoid relegation.

The example we have […]

Transfer news: the 93 players Arsenal are looking to be (according to reports)

By Sir Hardly Anyone

It is always sad when journalists run out of steam. Maybe they have just got tired and gone to bed. Maybe they nipped into the Toppled Bollard for a final swift one, but lingered rather longer. Maybe they have simply forgotten where the scrap of paper with another ten players […]

Arsenal: where has it all gone wrong and how can we put it right?

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By Tony Attwood

In 2015/16 Arsenal came runners’ up in the league […]

11 players tipped to be leaving Arsenal this transfer window.

By Sir Hardly Anyone

In previous summers we have ended up with a list of players who are leaving the club, a list which incorporates virtually all players regular first team players and the subs. Of course only a few of them have gone, and in the end the exercise of collecting […]

Have Arsenal really fallen apart as the media insist?

By Tony Attwood

As we have seen across the years, newspaper journalists and bloggers hunt in packs. When one writes a story others follow and then the notion that they are purveying becomes mainstream.

The Athletic summarises this week’s assault with the headline “Let’s not beat around the bush, Arsenal have seen a fairly swift […]

Which Premier League club is in the greatest financial trouble?

By Banco Danglais

One moment it is financial doom and gloom the next moment it is spend-spend-spend. But the reality is the Premier League clubs are being hit financially on all sides and there are multiple warnings in the air about how much money they are going to be losing.

TV money is the […]

Another huge football scandal – and why the mass media in England won’t cover it

By Tony Attwood

Yesterday we reported on the Mail’s story Why the Mail’s “Everything that looked wrong at Arsenal WAS wrong” is arrant nonsense.

Now one argument that could be made for running that piece in the Mail was that there is no real football news around, so the paper has to make something up. […]

Arsenal transfer list reaches 89 players with over 3 weeks to go before window opens!

Buy Sir Hardly Anyone (going at a reduced price)

Yes yes very droll. But let us get onto the key issue. We have six new transfers to add to our ever-growing table. But again they are not spread out through the alphabet but rather clustered, suggesting once more that (shock horror) these […]

Why the Mail’s “Everything that looked wrong at Arsenal WAS wrong” is arrant nonsense

An Untold media accuracy review by Tony Attwood

It’s a very shouty headline, exactly the headline that the Mail likes.

“MARTIN SAMUEL: Everything that looked wrong at Arsenal WAS wrong… and that includes Unai Emery’s appointment. Under Stan Kroenke they’ve become a selling club so why will it be any different for Mikel Arteta?”

The […]

Arsenal FC gives me a phone call. We have a nice chat.

By Tony Attwood

Late yesterday afternoon I got a phone call from Arsenal.

Not from the manager or one of the players, I must admit, from one of the guys who works at the club in the background – the ticket office or something like that.

The call wasn’t made because I’m on the committee […]

From Kluivert to Smith Rowe, the Arsenal future you simply won’t believe!

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Senior psychologist at the University College Hospital of the North Circular Road (now shut)

Amazing though it will seem, each one of these stories has appeared on a blog or in a newspaper in the last 48 hours.

1: Justin Kluivert

“Super agent” (which I think means […]

English football in danger of deluding itself out of business

by Dr Evelyn Ver Bossity, head of psychology, at the University College of the North Circular Road.

Every day he sits at the window as the 5.15pm bus pulls up outside his house, expecting his wife to get off and give him smile as she comes in before dutifully washing her hands and getting him […]

If the clubs were not prepared for lockdown, the TV companies certainly were

by Tony Attwood

It is quite clear that the Premier League and its clubs had no contingency plan for the interruption of the League which would result in matches not being completed by their due date.

But it turns out that the TV companies were not quite so dumb, and have long since included […]

In football the only battle left is the media vs the agents. But what if they join forces?

By Tony Attwood

They’ve ridden in on the back of our love of the game and our love of our club.

Now they are taking control, demanding the games be played. They don’t mind empty stadia. They just want games, and they want them now.

So having taken control, they are pushing us, the fans, […]

Crowdless stadia stats reveal fallacy of PGMO claims about referee accuracy

By Tony Attwood

PGMO – the organisation that runs refereeing in the Premier League, has generally stuck to its view that refereeing accuracy is around 98% to 99%.

For example on 13 August 2013 the Daily Mail ran a piece on referees which says, “According to the Premier League, 99 percent of offside decisions are […]

Casino finance and risk taking

By Christophe Jost

An interesting comment from Mike T. recently on Macquarie, the Australian bank who have financed PL clubs growth got me thinking about the economics of the PL.

The lenders’ chances of recovering their money seem slim. And now even the government says the games should be broadcast openly, which will dent the […]