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According to refs, Arsenal’s fouls are twice as bad as Liverpool’s this season!

By Tony Attwood

Our view is that Mr Arteta introduced a radical new approach last season, after Arsenal finished 2019/20 with an astonishing 86 yellow cards – the highest of any team in the league. This very high number (averaging over two a game) not only influenced the way players played after they had been […]

What do the first five games tell us about the rest of the season?

By Tony Attwood

One of the constant themes of football journalism and blogging is that the fans know more than the manager. It is a theme encapsulated within phrases like “Odegaard has operated as a no.10 this season with Emile Smith Rowe dropping to the bench, but Arteta started both against Burnley to show their […]

Fan problems break out at Burnley, after Arsenal players behave unexpectedly

By Tony Attwood

We are told that the FA are investigating a spot of argy bargy as it used to be called, at the end of the match at Turf Moor.

If you have been there you will know that apart from the addition of seats (which are by and large ignored) little has been […]

Do other big teams ever get three defeats in a row or is it just Arsenal?

By Tony Attwood

So now our we are out of a run of league form that is the worst since… oh… let’s check…

Actually it was January 2012

Date Match Res Score Competition 2 Jan 2012 Fulham v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League 15 Jan 2012 Swansea City v Arsenal L 3-2 Premier League 22 […]

Burnley v Arsenal: the team – Odegaard or Smith Rowe?

The story so far…

Arteta is under attack for swapping keepers. But there’s a good reason to do it Arsenal v Burnley: injuries, home/away stats and crowd influence on refs Arsenal are 44% more likely to have a tackle get a yellow card than Burnley! 3 recent poor Arsenal results against Burnley don’t hide the […]

Burnley v Arsenal: preparing for the game and lamenting the lost striker

By Bulldog Drummond

Previously…

3 recent poor Arsenal results against Burnley don’t hide the general trend Arsenal are 44% more likely to have a tackle get a yellow card than Burnley! Arsenal v Burnley: injuries, home/away stats and crowd influence on refs

So while the press have been making much of Arsenal’s woes – our […]

3 recent poor Arsenal results against Burnley don’t hide the general trend

by Bulldog Drummond

Burnley’s results are slightly worse than Arsenal’s this season in the sense that they knocked up a 1-1 draw with Leeds and haven’t won any games in the league. Like Arsenal they got through the League Cup away from home although only on penalties, and otherwise the two clubs have both […]

Arsenal are 44% more likely to have a tackle get a yellow card than Burnley! 

By Bulldog Drummond

Arsenal are 44% more likely to have a tackle called as a yellow card offence than Burnley

Now before we begin we have to go over something that has cropped up before. That one cannot compare the effect of tackles between clubs and claim that is because of the referees, because some […]

Arsenal v Burnley: injuries, home/away stats and crowd influence on refs

By Bulldog Drummond

Taking our figures from the Premier League Injuries table the Arsenal situation looks to be improving in terms of the number of injuries sustained.

And although I’m sure we would all have preferred to have Arsenal in a Euro competition than out, the bonus for us is that without the midweek […]

Arteta is under attack for swapping keepers. But there’s a good reason to do it

By Sir Hardly Anyone

The media are still attacking the Arsenal manager on a daily basis – the latest being attacks on the idea of dropping Leno and giving Ramsdale a game or two.

Of course we don’t know the exact ins and outs of this but a few factors that are generally omitted from […]

Arsenal refuse to acknowledge that entrance to the Ems was unsafe on Saturday

By Tony Attwood

It is now five days since the shocking scenes outside of Arsenal Stadium, where thousands of fans were shouted at by stewards and forced to queue incredibly dangerously on concrete stairways when trying to gain access to the ground.

No apology has been made and no explanation has been offered to fans […]

A Football World Cup every two years: why not?

 

Tony Attwood and Christophe Jost

If there is one great benefit to Arsene Wenger’s proposal that there should be a world cup every two years it is that it has forced some serious re-thinking.

Of course most of the comments that have been made are little more than a simplistic denunciations, saying, “it’s impossible” […]

Arsenal training methods questioned? No, it’s just antiquated reporting

By Tony Attwood

One of the key points I have been labouring away with is the fact that last December everything changed for Arsenal and as a result the club which measured by the first third of the season was 15th in the league, in the second two thirds of the season was second, […]

How is the drive to cut tackles, fouls and yellow cards going this season?

By Tony Attwood

One of the great problems with instituting a large number of changes in a squad across one transfer window, is that it then takes the incoming players a long time to adjust to at least some of these factors…

a) living in a new country often with a different language

b) working […]

It’s the anti-Arsenal drip and the false “facts” that are so insidious

By Sir Hardly Anyone

It is not each individual attack on Arsenal and its manager that is particularly frustrating and annoying, especially when it is not backed up by the facts – or indeed based on utter falsehoods. But it is also the overall effect that is so worrying, for the newspapers by and large […]

Fewer fouls than Liverpool but 3 times as many yellow cards as Liverpool!

By Tony Attwood

The table below relates to the number of tackles, fouls and yellow cards per game in the Premier League , with all clubs except Burnley and Everton having played four league matches. Those two clubs are on three games.

The table is in descending order of fouls called by the referee per […]

The ten things Arsenal must do before the next game to assure us of safety

By Tony Attwood

My point is staying with the story of the crowd chaos before the Norwich match (see On the basis of the Norwich game Arsenal stadium should be closed as unsafe) is not just to highlight this but to suggest that the safety team at Arsenal learned nothing from the events of 2017 […]

Players don’t often write interesting articles about football, but…

by Tony Attwood

It is possible, although perhaps rather unlikely, that you know of Tim Sparv, the Finnish midfielder. He spent three years in the youth academy of Southampton and was a member of Southampton’s youth team that reached the final of the FA Youth Cup in 2005, playing in a team that also included […]

The seven reasons why professional refereeing in England should be investigated now

By Tony Attwood

It is not surprising that we have started to get a few comments made attempting to denounce or undermine the thesis developed on these pages that there is something amiss with the refereeing of Premier League games.

The tactic normally used is one in which just one element of our argument about […]

On the basis of the Norwich game Arsenal stadium should be closed as unsafe

By Tony Attwood

I’ve been going to Arsenal since the 1960s but I have never experienced events as worrying and dangerous as I experienced while trying to gain access to the stadium yesterday for the game against Norwich.

In essence, one entrance to the environs of the ground up a slope with the underground car […]

Arsenal v Norwich: We’re off to a 3pm saturday kickoff! Here are the teams

By Bulldog Drummond

In previous articles we have covered Home and away form and injuries and the explored the approach of each club to this season. There’s a piece on the danger Arsenal must be aware of in this game, and of course with our regular interest in the tackle, foul, yellow situation, Expect a […]

Arsenal v Norwich. Home and away form and injuries

By Bulldog Drummond.

Previously:

Arsenal v Norwich: exploring the approach of each club to this season Arsenal v Norwich: the danger Arsenal must be aware of in this game. Expect a foul to be given against Arsenal before Norwich kick off this weekend

Here is our home and away form for last season for […]

Arsenal v Norwich: exploring the approach of each club to this season

By Bulldog Drummond

It is difficult to get much from the statistics of this season since both clubs are doing a fine impersonation of a British entry in the European Song Contest and getting no points.

And there is a curious link between the two clubs – just take a look at the Norwich form […]

Will Ben White Live Up to his Price Tag

Will Ben White Live Up to his Price Tag?

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta looked to bolster his defensive options in the transfer window. The Spaniard quickly moved for English defender Ben White, one of his first signings of the summer.

White arrived from Premier League rivals Brighton for £50 million in July. The defender followed […]

Fifa is now attempting to make itself above all national and international law

By Tony Attwood

We know Fifa is looking to set up its own club competition in Africa as a prelude to taking over the Champions League. Now we can return to the way it works when anyone dares to challenge its approach.

Stefan Keller was the special prosecutor of the Swiss public prosecutor’s office in […]