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Infantino looks sunk; but if he takes down Fifa as well, what replaces it?

by Tony Attwood

A couple of weeks ago Gianni Infantino head of Fifa, a man on trial for corruption in Switzerland, met (not for the first time) with US President Donald Trump.

this was when Infantino attended the signing of the agreement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in the White House on […]

Which club is trying to emulate Leicester tackling game from last season?

By Tony Attwood

These are early days, but then again, early days can bring us a good warning of what is going to happen.

Last season we saw Leicester develop – and for half a season get away with – a system of constant tackling without getting yellow cards. Then the system collapsed and their […]

Message from the referee: clearly heard and understood – no reds today

by Tony Attwood

By giving yellow cards rather than red cards to two nasty fouls in the early part of the game last night referee Craig Pawson was giving all the players on the pitch notice that such fouls were within the remits of yellow cards and did not deserve a red. Or at least […]

Liverpool v Arsenal. The various predicted teams from around the media.

by Bulldog Drummond

Of course we play Liverpool twice this week – once now and once in the League Cup. Presumably the teams on both sides will be different each time.

The Guardian offers us

Leno

Holding Luiz Gabriel

Bellerin Ceballos Xhaka Maitland-Niles

Willian Lacazette Aubameyang

There […]

Liverpool v Arsenal: what can we expect?

by Bulldog Drummond

The Guardian is running the headline “Arsenal ready to compromise under Arteta to get result at Liverpool” which contains the thought that “Mikel Arteta has admitted he and Arsenal have to compromise on some of their footballing principles to get results against the Premier League’s bigger clubs.”

And yet despite the word […]

Arsenal are over achieving, and are due for a fall.

By Tony Attwood

Two stories in the media caught my attention today. One is the reporting of Understat’s xG table which apparently shows that in the 22 league games played under Mr Arteta, Arsenal has gained (the implication is “luckily got”) nine points more than the data would expect. The newspaper didn’t quite go back […]

Arsenal’s 25 players list is over-full – we must lose some before we can buy

By Tony Attwood

Each year as the transfer window meanders its merry way towards its conclusion I make various ill-advised attempts to work out how we are going to squeeze the players we have and the players we want into the 25 positions that there are available.

And each year (it has become something of […]

Infantino speaks at Fifa’s 70th Congress, but don’t tell the UK media

By Sir Hardly Anyone

You may be excused if you didn’t know, but Fifa has just held its 70th congress. The Fifa Congress is the supreme legislative body in football but the UK media won’t report on it because… well, its a bit dodgy and because FA pours money into Fifa via its membership fees, […]

Women’s FA Cup 2019/20 Quarter Final – Arsenal v Spurs Team and other News

by Andrew Crawshaw

As Tony pointed out in his article yesterday the much-delayed Women’s FA Cup resumes today with the four Quarter Final matches.

Arsenal v Spurs – Saturday 17:15 Everton v Chelsea – Sunday 13:00 Brighton v Birmingham – Sunday 14:00 Leicester v Man City – Sunday 14:00

Here is a reminder of our […]

Why Premier League spending should be much more carefully controlled

By Tony Attwood

Chelsea have so far in this transfer window had a net spend of £152.4m according to the Guardian. Supposing Mr Abramovich was suddenly taken out by a Russian mafia agent, and his funding of the club dried up overnight, would the rest of the Premier League feel moved to offer financial support […]

Watch Arsenal on TV, and there’s no match fee to pay

by Tony Attwood

The 2019/20 Women’s FA Cup quarter-final between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will be broadcast live on BBC Two and the BBC iPlayer with a kick off at 17:15 BST on saturday. An early version of this article suggested Friday – a typical slip by […]

Athletic: if you a commenting on the law, please look at the law

By Tony Attwood

We have had seven domestic cup ties without defeat. In our last 11 games of last season we won eight, lost one drew two. This season it is four straight wins (five if you include the FL Trophy victory). But let’s leave that one out. We are currently on six straight wins, […]

Arsenal stroll past Leicester … Watching it for a tenner.

Logging on to the website Carabao.live was a lot easier than logging in to Now TV which was a nightmare.

Here is the team

Leno

Holding Luiz Kolasinac,

Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Willock, Saka

Pepe Nelson

Nketiah

 

Subs Runarsson, Bellerin, Saliba, Ceballos, Xhaka, Willian, Lacazette

No […]

Leicester v Arsenal: the predicted teams and the end of football as we know it

by Bulldog Drummond

Today’s Leicester v Arsenal league cup match will not be televised live in the UK, but you can watch via the carabaocup.live website. The fee to watch on line is £10. Let’s hope their system works better than the utterly appalling NowTV service with its recent fiasco. We couldn’t get a connection […]

Arsenal injury list makes a mockery of old anti-Wenger jibes

By Bulldog Drummond

As we have mentioned before, Arsenal are suffering a multiplicity of injuries at the moment – only Crystal Palace has more, and this situation has been running since the season started.

While some clubs linger on one or two players out, we are consistently near the top of the injury table…

Crystal […]

Leicester v Arsenal in the League Cup

By Bulldog Drummond

Traditionally Premier League clubs don’t put out their first team squad to play in the league cup, as they did in days of yor, so working out what is going to happen in tomorrow’s game is going to be somewhat difficult.

There having been no draws in the Premier League thus far, […]

Video of the recent game for Arsenal’s youngsters, ahead of the Leicester match

By Tony Attwood

Looked at so far the season has been a rather jolly affair…

Date Match Result Score Competition 29 Aug 2020 Arsenal v Liverpool W 1-1 (5-4) Community Shield 08 Sep 2020 Ipswich Town v Arsenal W 1-2 Football League Trophy 12 Sep 2020 Fulham v Arsenal W 0-3 Premier League 19 Sep […]

There is a crisis in football and PL adopts different rules from Europe

By Tony Attwood

What crisis? How can there be a crisis? Just look at the money being spent, and the transfer window still has two weeks to run (and you know what the last night before the window “slams shut” is like – at least on TV).

Currently the net spending […]

Fifa starts to implode, and the strange case of lack of UK interest in events

By Tony Attwood

The story so far…

Self-evidently Untold Arsenal does not have its “man in Switzlerland” with inside knowledge of the multiple issues facing Fifa at the moment. All we do is look at Swiss, German and French newspapers and report (with the help of our European friends) what they are saying.

And this […]

Amazing unbelievable development in the Fifa battle; sadly not on UK news

By Tony Attwood

A UK exclusive for Untold!

Back in the old days ex-US Justice Minister Loretta Lynch and the Swiss Federal Prosecutor Michael Lauber worked together to tackle corruption.

As Attorney General of the USA, Loretta Lynch was keen on this idea of a united approach to fight the corruption that was obviously endemic […]

It’s tough being a football journalist: what are they to say when Arsenal win?

By Tony Attwood

Today the Talk Sport web site says

“A week on from their public bust-up at Fulham, Dani Ceballos and Eddie Nketiah combined to earn Arsenal victory over West Ham. Nketiah tapped in a goal late on – from Ceballos’ pass – to seal a 2-1 win for the Gunners at […]

Arsenal v WHAM: the team and who predicted it right…

The actual team is

Leno

Bellerin Gabriel Holding Tierney

Xhaka Ceballos Saka

Willian Lacazette Aubameyang

 

Talk sprout led the way approaching the game with their prediction of

Leno

Holding Gabriel Tierney

Bellerin Elneny Ceballos Maitland Niles

Willian Lacazette […]

Arsenal v West Ham; how are we doing?

By Bulldog Drummond

The end of last season saw Arsenal go through what was, by any measure, a very decent run of results in which we scored 21 goals in the last 11 games, those games running up to and including the cup final.

We scored in every game except the Aston Villa away match […]

At last it is Arsenal who are settled, and today’s visitors who are in a mess

By Bulldog Drummond

The start of the first campaign under Mr Emery seems such a long time ago. Two defeats in the opening games against Chelsea and Manchester City, and those who had clambered for years for Mr Wenger to be kicked out, still blaming him for the results. Then along came 12 straight wins.

[…]

WHAM BAM how are they doin’? WHU v Arsenal: the prelude

By Bulldog Drummond

In their final match before the lock down West Ham lost away to Arsenal – a result which meant they only won one of their last ten pre-lockdown.

Thereafter they won three, two of which were against fellow stragglers in the league, lost three and drew three.

Date Game Res Score 20 […]