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Arsenal rise up the league: it’s time to crow and say “I told you so”

By Tony Attwood

If you are a person who shares Untold’s vision of reality, you are likely to be nodding with the satisfaction of knowing that our upward movement across the last nine games was anticipated. If not, you might be thinking, “It won’t last,” or even “Arteta out” (as in ‘Mikel Arteta out’ – […]

Today: Arsenal Women v Brighton, FA Cup semi final. Live on BBC2 and worldwide

by Andrew Crawshaw

The Women’s FA Cup reaches its 50th anniversary this year. It was first won in 1971 by Southampton who beat Scottish side Stewertom 4 – 1 in a game played at the Crystal Palace National Sports Arena (a 12 minute walk from my front door).

Southampton went on to dominate the early […]

Arsenal Women – October 2021 Internationals – Round up

by Andrew Crawshaw

Many of our Women’s team have been globe trotting, playing for their home countries in a variety of World Championship Qualifiers or ‘friendly’ matches.

Here is a quick round-up of how they all got on

Thursday 21 October

World Championship Group A – Ireland 0 – Sweden 1

Katie McCabe played the […]

Leicester v Arsenal: latest team speculation and a negativist’s prediction

By Bulldog Drummond

So what we have learned thus far is that Jamie Vardy will play having missed Leicester’s League cup match and with a knee injury. But Ricardo Pereira and Ayoze Perez are doubts due to injury and illness, although not both at the same time.

Ben White came […]

Injuries and illness for Arsenal and Leicester and a history of outrageous scores

By Bulldog Drummond

It is not just us – injuries are everywhere. It is as if the Doctors Union have suddenly said, “let them have it” and now they have it. Here is the table of the number of players out for each club, and it is quite different from those we have published so […]

Leicester City v Arsenal: what new trick have Leicester got waiting for us this time?

By Bulldog Drummond

As our last article shows, the home and away form and the form across the last six matches and the distance players have travelled in the last week all point in one direction: an Arsenal win away to Leicester.

But because this is Leicester, we must speak of Vardy.

And speaking of […]

Leicester City v Arsenal: the very weird and surprising facts

by Tony Attwood

We’ve got a busy weekend ahead with the men’s team playing at lunchtime on Saturday and the women’s team in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday late afternoon.

We’re covering both games of course over the next three days, and since the men go first, we’re starting with them and the extraordinarily […]

The major benefit for Arsenal that arises from not being in Europe

By Tony Attwood

Much has been made of the fact that Arsenal are not in Europe this year for the first time in a long time. Nothing has been made of the fact that Arsenal holds the UK record for the number of consecutive years in European competition, nor that Arsenal are second only to […]

Tackles, fouls and cards for the big clubs: Arsenal surviving, but Man U’s plan failing

By Tony Attwood

NEW: Day by Day – An Arsenal video for (almost) every day of the year, in date order.

It was the statistics from Leicester two seasons ago that first led us to look in detail at the way referees call “foul” and hand out yellow cards, so given that we are […]

How human rights have no place in a Fifa project.

By Sir Hardly Anyone

There is a huge amount of evidence emerging from Qatar the things have gone terribly wrong in the organisation of the world cup. And that it has gone wrong is, it seems down to two fundamental causes.

First, there was not and still isn’t anyone on the ground who was capable […]

How the media miss the key issue of the day by using just one book for all their stats

by Tony Attwood

If you are a regular reader you will know that we have been pondering the issue of the relationship in the Premier League between tackles, fouls and yellow cards for a couple of years now.

It started when we first analysed data and found that Leicester committed more tackles than any other […]

An easy saunter into the quarter finals, with a surprise scorer

By Tony Attwood

If you have been reading Untold for a while you might have picked up on the fact that home games involve a 170 mile round trip for me, sometimes by car sometimes by train. Last night it was the train, and wouldn’t you know it, on the way back it appears someone […]

Leeds team and comparing Arsenal to Man U (of course)

By Bulldog Drummond

Previously…

Arsenal v Leeds and good news about freedom of expression Arsenal v Leeds – the tackles, fouls and yellow card index Arsenal’s last 100 league games, and Leeds’ one league victory

Although it seems unlikely that Aubameyang will play tonight, the manager has been making some interesting statements concerning the player, […]

Arsenal v Leeds and good news about freedom of expression

By Bulldog Drummond

The police have stated that no action will be taken against Crystal Palace supporters who raised a banner in protest at the Saudi takeover of Newcastle United. So freedom of expression lives to fight another day despite the efforts of at least one Newcastle fan or representative of the Saudi state, who […]

Arsenal v Leeds – the tackles, fouls and yellow card index

By Bulldog Drummond

The tackles / fouls / yellow card table is a chart we have been developing since 2019/20 when we first noticed how out of sync the Leicester City figures were for tackles, fouls and yellow cards, with the rest of the Premier League.

So for our game tomorrow against Leeds we thought […]

Arsenal’s last 100 league games, and Leeds’ one league victory

By Bulldog Drummond

Here’s an interesting thought, and one that for once I am indebted to (rather than critical of) The Athletic for pointing out. It relates to the defeat of Manchester United yesterday afternoon, but it makes a point that I think is relevant to Arsenal at this moment.

The Athletic says…

“This was […]

What did Mr Wenger really have in mind with his World Cup plan?

By Tony Attwood

It is rather pleasing that the person being blamed for the notion of a World cup every two years is not Arsene Wenger but the man who asked him to develop the plan: President Infantino.

Of course, I don’t know what Mr Wenger expected when he put forward his plan for a […]

Plans are being laid to outlaw protests against Saudi involvement in Newcastle

By Bulldog Drummond. Picture below from Fazza World on Pinterest

It started out with Newcastle fans wearing mock Arab costumes to celebrate the takeover of the club by the Saudi Arabia Sovereign Wealth Fund.

Then on 20 October the club put out a statement saying “Newcastle United is kindly asking supporters to refrain from wearing […]

What Arsenal Players Eat & Drink to Stay Match-Sharp

What Arsenal Players Eat & Drink to Stay Match-Sharp

Mikel Arteta is slowly but surely building a team that the fans can be proud of. He of course learnt his trade under one of the best managers in the world in the form of Pep Guardiola as well as all the tricks of the trade […]

Why we were right to boo Martinez last night

By Tony Attwood

The media knocking of Arsenal continues unabated, and it is now getting all rather amusing as we find the Mirror, which has been at the heart of the proclamations that Arsenal are on a downward slope to nowhere, spent much of its commentary before the Villa game defending ex-Arsenal keeper Martinez by […]

Why Arsenal’s movement is absolutely in the right direction

By Tony Attwood

It is most curious that after three games the media was packed with people who wanted to draw conclusions on just three games, predicting a dire future for Arsenal and noting that this was the worst performance since the Battle of Hastings. Three games, it seems, told us all we needed […]

Arsenal v Villa, Arteta’s anger at Premier League and tonight’s team

by Bulldog Drummond

Previously:

Arsenal v Villa: predictions built on past experiences Arsenal v Aston Villa: how this referee sees each team: injuries, fouls, tackles, cards Arsenal v Villa. Comparing this season with the opening 8 games in previous years Premier League debts have surged to what look like dangerous proportions

Mikel Arteta has noted […]

Arsenal v Villa: predictions built on past experiences

Previously:

Arsenal v Aston Villa: how this referee sees each team: injuries, fouls, tackles, cards

Arsenal v Villa. Comparing this season with the opening 8 games in previous years

Moving on to the home and away figures…

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts 9 Arsenal home 4 2 1 1 6 […]

Arsenal v Aston Villa: how this referee sees each team: injuries, fouls, tackles, cards

By Bulldog Drummond

On the injury front nothing has changed from what we knew after the last match – Saka was violently assaulted and the referee issued merely a yellow card. Villa, whose style of play may be seen as somewhat more rumbustious than Arsenal’s have five men out.

Xhaka of course remains […]

Arsenal v Villa. Comparing this season with the opening 8 games in previous years

By Bulldog Drummond

Last season it was the superb form of our defence (third best in the league across the whole season, and second best if measured during the last two-thirds of the season) that helped us out. This season so far the defence, now of course completely reconstructed, has been much poorer, being the […]