The international break was as droll as expected and watching England left me colder than this weather. Not to mention: when an Englishman celebrates a German scoring a header against his country – what bloody hope is there for international football?
Not much, I watched both games with about as much interest as [.
What a goal that was! That's why we love this game! You see a goal like that and you want to trudge up to the park and kick a ball about... on your own if needed! Somehow the absurdities of a grown man bundling a ball about in a park desert you, when [...]
The problem with Bendtner is that people tend to remember his oddities off the pitch as opposed to his merits on it. He may be a more talented player than Giroud, faster and with a defter touch. But Giroud isn't a tool and sometimes not [.
It must be hard being a Marseille fan at the moment. After breaking Lyon's Ligue 1 monopoly back in 2010, they could have been forgiven for expecting a return to the glory days. They may have to wait, but that wasn't a problem, fleeting success can be ruinous for smaller clubs.
Cambridge City 2-1 Chippenham Town (attendance 322); the second of Untold's non-league games from the non-league weekend.
Welcome to the Glassworld Stadium in Impington, near Cambridge, the temporary home of Cambridge City for a Sunday k/o in the CALOR league premier division. The Glassworld is actually Histon FC's ground and Histon play in the [.
Grantham Town 1-5 FC United of Manchester (att. 739)
Last Saturday Tony and I travelled to the South Kesteven Sports stadium, in Grantham, Lincolnshire, to watch a match in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League. It's part of the Untold Non-League tour, which has already taken us to watch Corby and Guernsey (away at Crawley [.
Unfortunately it was not "that" kind of Arsenal Champions League debut, but I was lucky enough to be at the Emirates for my first Champions League game on Wednesday night. Having only been living in London for a matter of weeks, my previous experience of live Arsenal games was either weekend games [.
Following on from my last article looking at the summers movements and likely additions, I took the plunge and made some predictions for the top of the table come May. With the close of the transfer window and a couple of games under our [.
Right, so, to follow up on my articles over the summer looking at the various teams competing
against the mighty Arsenal at the top of the table, it seems reasonable to put it all together and
see where my guess is of the final table. Without further ado...
Just a quick preview from me today, as I need to be heading over to the library soon, with
finals looming. Arsenal travel up West Brom today looking to tie up third place and with it
guaranteed Champions League football, complete with no tricky qualifiers in August. Such a league
finish would [.
Arsenal host Norwich on Saturday in our final home match of the season, with the battle for the
guaranteed Champions League spot of third place getting interesting with Newcastle in almost
unstoppable form of late. I don't doubt I wasn't the only person who expected them to drop points
versus Chelsea, and [.
Another weekend, another refereeing calamity to marvel at prior to our very own match. Recently,
the refereeing has been so bad that it almost seems like the officials have banded together and
said "right lads, drop a clanger every game until they give us video tech". Now, as Walter et al
After a barnstorming performance against Manchester City left Arsenal fans asking how the side
didn't score four versus our supposed league superiors, Wolves fans may be looking on a little
concernedly. Indeed Wolverhampton Wanderers are rooted to the bottom of the form table with a
single point in their last eight games, [.
Arsenal host Manchester City on Sunday, in a match that has been billed as must-win for the
visitors. Already trailing United with the games rapidly running out this season, City head into
the match knowing that a win is a must if they are to keep their title dreams alive. For the [.
Just a quick one from me, as I'm supposed to be building fences this morning...
Arsena; travel to QPR to face a fairly mediocre side struggling to avoid relegation. QPR are a
great example of the logic that spending doesn't necessarily improve a side as you would expect,
and that too much [.
Arsenal are off to Goodison Park for our midweek game, after a weekend devoid of Gooner-related
activity. This probably went in our favour despite our excellent recent run of performances, with
tired legs benefitting from a bit of an extra breather, those carrying knocks better rested and the
chance for some of [.
Arsenal travel up to Anfield early doors for the 12.45pm kick off on Saturday, playing against a
side confident of a result after their recent skin-of-their-teeth Carling Cup triumph. While
Liverpool fans can correctly point out trophies are trophies, if we put rosy ideals to one side,
the grim reality of the [.
There's nothing like an incisive and cutting RefWatch to discourage from writing a match preview
which attempts to analyse on the basis that the relative qualities of the two teams will have a
greater influence on the match outcome than the prick man in black, but alas I have my commitments,
A resurgent Sunderland side lie in wait for Arsenal on Saturday afternoon, though a 7-1 drubbing
of Blackburn could prove to be the catalyst for revitalising our own campaign. The draw at Bolton
recently means that we really must be getting the three points from Sunderland if we are serious
about catching [.
Well, 0-0 versus Bolton was a disappointment and a serious blow to attempts to haul in
Tottenham. The odds on that front are getting near the stage where it would be irrational to expect
us to overhaul our neighbour should we not shrink the gap over the next few games. Fortunately
When does a team reaches it's tipping point? Or what is the importance of that one player that
rarely catches the highlights but who is so important for the balance in the team? Are Arsenal
really a one man team for the moment? And with a one man team I don't mean [...]
My preview for the Leeds game was such a stunning success that I have been asked to write again
on the subject. You will recall then we were playing the Yorkshire Grit (which is, as you will now
know, made up of coarse sand grains and small stones).
I have the view that having started this blog a few years ago, and now having a fair old number
of readers each day, I have a duty to try and keep the thing running, while living up to the
original notions behind the blog: that it should be pro-Arsenal at all [...]
Arsenal are looking to bounce back from a disappointing home draw versus Fulham in Saturday's
Premier League game against Wigan. There was controversy last season when we trekked up to Wigan,
partly refereeing and partly fixture related. If my memory serves, that game was our second in 48
hours, so in order to avoid injuries [.
In recent games, Flamini's presence has allowed us to be unconcerned about having the ball. Previously, the idea of our opponents having prolonged possession could terrify us, we now tolerate it, depending on which opponent it is and how effectively they can use it.
This tendency predates Flamini and some will have noticed [.
The extremely timely slump of Tottenham continued yesterday, with a defeat for our beloved
neighbours versus an Everton side on the up. This offers us the tantalising prospect of cutting the
deficit to Spurs to one point with a win against Newcastle. Overtaking Spurs would be particularly
sweet "what, apparent the worst [.
A 1-0 defeat was certainly difficult to take from a valiant performance away at City. We went
there with a multitude of defensive injuries but in fairness, a defensive unit that appeared fairly
solid until changes were forced upon us. Indeed it is no coincidence that an injury to Djourou
early in [.
Before I kick off the preview proper, I thought I'd briefly mention the Commons Inquiry into
Football Governance. As long-term readers will know, about a year ago I put together a submission
for it, and wrote it up in a series of articles for Untold. What was great though was the