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Tracking the fun things the FA have got up to over the years. Part 7.

This is a series of articles about the Football Association and some of their activities over the years. So far we have had

Sweet FA. A history of the idiocy and incompetence in football administration The FA scandals part 2: The minister says reform or we close you The FA scandals part 3: hiding racism […]

When football journalists fall out, there’s something nasty exposed beneath

by Tony Attwood

By and large football journalists don’t criticise each other, and that for one simple reason: most of the time most of them make up what they write. If one criticises another he or she can then be criticised back, simply because everyone is writing about fantasies.

The difference […]

The failures of the FA: Part 6 – if we don’t communicate it is your fault

By Tony Attwood

This is the sixth part of a series of articles reviewing the catastrophe that is the Football Association and the total inability of the UK government to stop funding it with tax payers money

Sweet FA. A history of the idiocy and incompetence in football administration The FA scandals part 2: […]

A second Martinelli, selling a “flop”, Arsenal’s huge error: the big Gunnerstories

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Journalists and bloggers do have a hard time of it, lacking technical and detailed knowledge but at the same time trying to make a story out of a snippet, in order to draw in readers.

Take for example the headline “Edu ‘finds another Martinelli’ for Arsenal after being given […]

The crimes of the FA: failing to deal with Fifa and with discrimination

This is the fifth part of a series of articles reviewing the catastrophe that is the Football Association and the total inability of the UK government to stop funding it with tax payers money

Sweet FA. A history of the idiocy and incompetence in football administration The FA scandals part 2: The minister says reform […]

Last season we found weird tackle statistics. Now penalties have gone crazy

by Tony Attwood

The average number of penalties awarded to teams in the Premier League so far this season is fractionally over two per club. That is around one every four games this season.

But there is one club that is getting awarded penalties at a rate of four times as many penalties as you […]

The FA scandals: a history of the destruction of football: 4 Wenger v FA

This is a series of articles about the Football Association and some of their misdemeanours in terms of handling football in England.

Sweet FA. A history of the idiocy and incompetence in football administration The FA scandals part 2: The minister says reform or we close you The FA scandals part 3: hiding racism and […]

Wenger had just as bad a start to a season as Arteta; and found a way out!

By Bulldog Drummond

There is much talk now about this being our worst start to a season since… and there you can fill in the year of your choice. But it is worth noting that Arsene Wenger himself had several bad starts to seasons over the years – and recovered.

Each of these led to […]

The FA scandals part 3: hiding racism and appointing idiots

By Tony Attwood

This article is part of a series on the appalling behaviour of the Football Association in recent years, and the complicity of the media in allowing it to continue. This piece continues from

Sweet FA. A history of the idiocy and incompetence in football administration The FA scandals part 2: The minister […]

New restrictions on transfers will apply from January transfer window onwards

By Sir Hardly Anyone

You might have noticed from time to time that Untold is a trifle critical of other outlets (or drainpipes as we prefer to call them) in the way they handle their predictions concerning transfers for each “window”.

You will also recall that we currently have two players on our books who […]

The FA scandals part 2: The minister says reform or we close you (2016)

By Tony Attwood

The nonsense from the FA in terms of their top dog saying utterly inappropriate things reminded me of some of their other great outrages, so I thought I would gather together a little series of them.

Thus we started with Sweet FA. A history of the idiocy and incompetence in football administration

[…]

Clarke’s other job; Arsenal’s transfer decisions, who leaves the “25” and a laugh

by Tony Attwood

It is getting quite hard to work out who the real crazies are in football at the moment. Is it the bonkers FA with their wild and out of control chairman, now thankfully gone, or is it the bloggers and journalists who refuse to ask the most obvious and simple question: […]

Are Arsenal really going to keep on buying new players?

By Sir Hardly Anyone

After the summer transfer rumour table reached record proportions, I thought that even the most rabid “buy buy buy” website would realise that maybe just buying more and more players doesn’t work. Getting the players bedded in and working with the team, is also a major part of the equation.

Yet […]

Sweet FA. A history of the idiocy and incompetence in football administration

By Tony Attwood

This is how the Guardian reports today’s story about the Football Association…

“Greg Clarke was forced to quit as FA chairman in ignominious circumstances on Tuesday after a series of offensive gaffes to MPs left the reputation of his organisation seriously damaged.

“The 63-year-old is to vacate his role immediately after his […]

What exactly should Arsenal do now in order to climb the table?

By Tony Attwood

I have no doubt that patterns are the key to understanding football. Indeed if you have been looking at our series on tackles, fouls and yellow cards, you’ll appreciate exactly how this can work. It is not just a case of how the team is playing, but also how the referees are […]

Fouls, tackles and yellow cards. These figures are getting seriously weird

By Tony Attwood

As I mentioned last week, measuring the number of tackles, fouls and yellow cards each club gets and then searching for the relationship between them, is something that only Untold does. Quite why no one else mines this rich vein of data I don’t know, but we do it, and the results […]

What now for Arsenal? The 8 strategies Arsenal could use to get out of this mess.

By Tony Attwood

“One goal – a penalty – in their previous four Premier League matches paints a depressing picture.”

That is one of the miserable headlines from the media today. So what can Arsenal do to put things right. Here are some solutions:

1: Play Joe Willock

That comes from the Guardian who point […]

“It’s not been Arsenal’s day”. Arsenal.com commentary at 0-3 down.

By Tony Attwood

Three managers in three years, with £158m net spent on transfers in the last two summer windows. And as a result we are 11th in the League. That is of course not what those who promote the “sack the manager / buy more players” approach to football wanted, but that’s what we’ve […]

Arsenal v Villa: the projected team from around the media

by Bulldog Drummond

The Shortfuse obliges us with a team prediction…

Leno

Holding Gabriel Tierney

Bellerin Partey Elneny Saka

Willian Lacazette Aubameyang

and goes beyond that by also giving us a beach consisting of

Nicolas Pepe, Granit Xhaka, Eddie Nketiah, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Shkodran Mustafi, Dani Ceballos and […]

Arsenal v Aston Villa: how Villa’s “missing” games changes the outlook

By Bulldog Drummond

According to most pundits Aston Villa started the season like a bullet from a gun with a fair amount of primer and gunpowder helping it along its way…

Date Game Res Score Competition 21 Sep 2020 Aston Villa v Sheffield United W 1-0 Premier League 28 Sep 2020 Fulham v Aston Villa […]

Extraordinary injury news from Arsenal and what Pépé and Eddie must do

By Bulldog Drummond

I don’t normally present the injury news for every team, but this is so extraordinary I’ve includef the full injury table rather than just the few clubs above Arsenal in terms of players injured. Here we go… Figures as always from Physioroom.com

Wolverhampton Wanderers: 2 Manchester City: 3 West Bromwich Albion: 3 […]

The desperate need to sort out Arsenal’s away form

By Tony Attwood

Our next match is again going to be on Pay TV with Sky at £14.95. The protests continue, money is being sent to local foodbanks, and the dreadful Sky and the BT Sprout continue with their doomed venture although this might be the last weekend of it.

But whereas with football there […]

Despite media denials, away advantage now outweighs home advantage

By Tony Attwood

Back in August as this season was about to get under way, the Guardian published the article “Home advantage prevails despite absence of fans.”

You might think that pretty well does it for the approach that Untold has been taking which is that

a) The home benefit has vanished

b) The reason […]

Why Wenger and Ferguson could only happen in the Premier League

By Tony Attwood

That was a fine roll out by our second XI I thought, and there are several players there who are obviously making their way solidly towards the first XI. Joe Willock stands out for me but is certainly not the only one.

And while I am not a fan of […]

Arsenal v Molde – who will play?

By Bulldog Drummond

“Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed that David Luiz will return to the squad against Molde in the Europa League on Thursday night according to Sky.” So says Sports Mole but they don’t give us a team sheet prediction. However they do say

“Arteta is expected to name a much stronger lineup […]