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Arsenal Versus Watford: Back To Reality

As all the excitement and furore of the cup draw fades into yesterdays chip paper and the giddy delight of our unexpected routing of the Saints dissipates, so normal service is resumed this evening. Arsenal in the Premier League, at home, expected to win. The fear of a come down after a big cup victory […]

A 206% Increase in Penalties vs AFC Proves Bias

The Refs Are Biased (Part 2) To conclude my two-part series on referee bias, I have taken my inspiration from the great American philosopher and writer Mark Twain. In my initial piece I was categorical. Based on penalties awarded: “The unbiased data for the past 20 years is very clear; of all the top teams […]

Arsenal breeze at St Mary’s

Maidin mhaith Positivistas, That was easy on the eye eh ? All the more so because, at 5.30 yesterday evening I rather fancied we were in for (another) battle at St Mary’s and I would have signed the form accepting the draw with no prompting. Saints riding on a wave of achievement after their Anfield […]

Arsenal Versus Southampton: Under New Management

So Steve Bould steps into the hot seat this afternoon. He must be chuffed. Imagine managing the greatest team in the history of the FA Cup as they step out for their fourth round tie. No one has played more finals than us. No one has won the thing more often. Mr Bould has a […]

The Refs Are Biased (Part I)

During the course of last Sunday’s match versus Burnley it struck me how little data is publicly available on the role of the referees in deciding the fate of the Premier League title. Major game-changing decisions were made at key points by Mr. Moss and his officiating crew that significantly tilted the balance against the […]

Arsenal: A 98 Claret – unique vintage

Good afternoon Positives, Got your breath back yet ? Nor have I – What an afternoon ! Of the game itself ? In contrast to a number of recent games we started well, brisk, with sharp passing and movement and throughout the first half it seemed just a matter of ‘when’ we would crack the […]

Arsenal Versus Burnley: Slow and Doubtful

The problem with us football fans is that we will insist on taking sides. Maybe it isn’t just football fans. Perhaps it’s part of the human condition. I was musing on this during a frosty morning dog walk along the trackbed of a now sadly defunct rail line. Don’t get me started on Ernest Marples […]

Thank You Arsenal 1st Team, We’re Moving On Up

  Arsenal 1st Team Arsenal Football Club Highbury House 75 Drayton Park LONDON N5 1BU  Hi Guys, I won’t be presumptuous. In the unlikely event any of you saw my open letter last week, either through the Arsenal media office or through your PR person, you may be aware that many of us Gooners have […]

Arsenal : Rumble in the Mumbles

Bore da Welsh speaking Positive people and good morning to any others who have stumbled across the threshold, A foul, wet morning in Norfolk which does nothing to deflect my good mood and optimism this Sunday. Of yesterday’s game it provided probably the easiest three points we have earned all season. Given the thumping we […]

Arsenal Versus Swansea: On The Tip Of The Tongue Of The Year

When I saw the pictures of the Arsenal training in wintry snow ahead of today’s trip to Swansea I confess to harbouring a certain sympathy for them. As my Scottish uncle used to say to me that snell wind makes everone fair jeelit. The sympathy has evaporated this morning as I sit in my frozen […]