7 a.m. Kickoff

  • From Coquelin to Gnabry: where are they now?
    Francis Coquelin – Valencia 3rd place in la Liga. Has had ups and downs since joining. Had an awful match against Las Palmas and two poor outings against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey. In the 2nd leg against Barca ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-02-21By imothyt
    13 hours ago
  • Bellerin and the reality of authenticity
    I heard Hector Bellerin’s comments about Arsenal Fan TV and my first reaction was “meh.” This is just the world we live in now. In case you missed it, speaking to Oxford Union Bellerin said: “It’s so wrong for someone ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-02-16By imothyt
    5 days ago
  • Östersunds v. Arsenal: stats preview
    Some insight from the stats: Ostersund take about half of their shots from outside the box, almost 7 a game. They scored just two goals off those shots, both goals at home. They have scored zero goals from headers, 1 ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-02-15By imothyt
    7 days ago
  • Guardiola’s City not all just attack and possession – they defend well too
    Week 27 has come and gone and Man City have no less of a grip on 1st place than before. They are looking to set all kinds of records if they continue on this pace and when you read the ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-02-14By imothyt
    1 week ago
  • Arsenal are just a 6th place team now
    Football is fake. That’s what Rafa Benitez said on the Times podcast the other day. It’s a fake because nearly everything that the managers say, that the players say, and what’s reported in the papers is some sort of lie. ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-02-12By imothyt
    1 week ago
  • Folks, I think this Ramsey guy might be good
    You’ve probably never heard of “per 100” but maybe you should have. If you know what per90 is, stats prorated per90 minutes played, then you can probably figure out what per100 is – it’s basically how many of X event ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-02-09By imothyt
    2 weeks ago
  • It’s not the midfield or maybe it is the midfield but it’s probably all about the fact that we can’t really win
    Good morning. First on diving. Arsene Wenger has, rightly, highlighted diving ahead of the North London Derby on Saturday and said that we need to kick the English Scourge of diving out of football. Here’s how all this started: Harry ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-02-08By imothyt
    2 weeks ago
  • It’s time for everyone to accept the Laws of the Game are subjective and that VAR won’t help
    This weekend was matchday 26 in the Premier League and featured what should have been the game of the weekend, a top four clash between two of the hottest teams in English football, Liverpool and Tottenham. It was a game ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-02-06By imothyt
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal 5-1 Everton: the Good, the Bad, the Allardyce
    I love me a 5-1 win. Not as much as a 5-0 win, but almost. And it’s especially satisfying to beat Sam Allardyce after he did his “smug git” routine in the pre-match press conference. The Good Henrikh Mkhitaryan is ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-02-04By imothyt
    2 weeks ago
  • JBlau’s column: New Year, New Arsenal
    By Jonathan Blaustein Well hello there fellas. How’ve you been? Sorry I’ve been away a while, but I’ve finally got going on my first screenplay, so all the extra brain space has gone to that. When Tim got sick last ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-02-02By Jonathan Blaustein
    3 weeks ago
  • Mourinho gets the balance wrong and agents fees under investigation
    Good morning, quick post here. I didn’t really get to watch much of the Tottenham-Man U match but on occasional glimpses I got to see Man U overrun in what I consider their now “typical” fashion. Mourinho has become a ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-02-01By imothyt
    3 weeks ago
  • Welcome to Arsenal, enjoy the ride
    I have a post in the can ready to put up on Arseblog news but his web site is crushed with traffic, everyone has a hot take on the crazy close of the transfer window and they need to spill ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-31By imothyt
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal may be about to sign Aubameyang
    Good morning, have any good stories to tell? I don’t. I spent the last 10 days sick with the flu. Not an ordinary “cough cough sniffle sniffle” cold. Not the brown bottle flu. But an actual “soaking through the sheets ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-30By imothyt
    3 weeks ago
  • Nacho Nacho man
    A four goal glut, the return of one of Arsenal’s best players, and a goal for Arsenal’s much maligned center forward proved to be a welcome relief from a week of madness at Arsenal. Football has become a distraction from ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-21By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • Week 23 7amxG Table
    I was listening to the Totally Football Show Pod this morning and was surprised by something I heard from one of their guests, Matt Scott the former Arsenal reporter to the Guardian. Talking about Theo Walcott and why he was ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-19By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • Wenger confirms Arsenal are trying to swap Sanchez for Mkhitaryan
    It’s unusual for Wenger to answer any questions about a transfer until after its done but when questioned today before the match against Crystal Palace (you may not know this but football does happen during the transfer window) he was ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-18By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • Aubameyang: not your average Arsenal striker
    Arsenal are rumored to have already agreed personal terms with Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang though I am seeing conflicting reports on whether Dortmund are ready to sell him. Still, football fans don’t care and during transfer windows often treat ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-17By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • Will Walcott ditch the penthouse and can Arsenal land Aubamkhi?
    “You can’t plant me in your penthouse I’m going back to my plough Back to the howling old owl in the woods Hunting the horny back toad I’ve finally decided my future lies beyond the yellow brick road.” – Elton ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-16By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • HIRING
    Last night, I went to the 7-11. Since I stopped drinking, I like to test my constitution with the occasional 7-11 hot dog and nachos – by “hot dog” I mean unknown roll-heated meat product and by “nachos” I mean ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-15By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • Malcom in the middle
    Imagine a player who likes to hug the touchline, who can break his opponent’s ankles with a dribble, destroys back lines with his throughball vision, but who predictably always cuts in on his favored foot, can’t really cross, shoot or ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-12By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • Maitland-Niles baptism of fire
    Arsene Wenger, beset on all sides like an oyster at an otter convention, has raised his defenses – literally and figuratively. In the Caribou Cup first leg at Stamford Bridge Arsene told the fullbacks “play fullback tonight” and sure enough they ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-11By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • Alexis proves that Arsenal wouldn’t have won the League with Suarez
    Five years ago I wrote a series of articles which served as a warning to the Arsenal supporters who wanted Luis Suarez at Arsenal: he’s a ridiculously talented player who will score loads of goals and who creates for his ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-10By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal are a broken club and it’s Wenger’s fault
    Let’s talk about three things: lineups, penalties, and Walcott. The lineup Arsene Wenger sent out there against Nottingham Forest is causing many pundits and fans consternation. But it was similar to the lineup that beat West Ham 1-0 in the ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-08By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • Hazard’s pain Niasse
    FA Cup Preview: Forest v. Arsenal They are a decent passing team – 2nd in the Championship in total passes, third in possession, 81% passing team. They might surprise a few Arsenal supporters with their ability to move the ball ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-06By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Arsene’s team of soloists sound a sour note
    Arsene Wenger’s Jazz ensemble drew 2-2 to Chelsea at the Emirates stadium in a pulsating contest where defense often took a back seat to the more important quality: entertainment. In February of 2011,  Arsenal lost the League Cup final to ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-04By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal v. Chelsea preview
    You already know all you need to know about Arsenal v. Chelsea but here are a few other facts: Hazard is basically their only dribbling threat. He has 40 successful dribbles in away games. Arsenal need to contain him because ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-03By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Positions open at Arsenal: Apply to Mr. Wenger
    Positions that need filling at Arsenal: Cazorla – I love this little fella but his quality in midfield has been sorely missed and given his age and the extent and type of injury he sustained you have to say that ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-02By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Sell Alexis, fire Dean
    Good morning gang. Another day in the “festive” schedule and another day that Tim has to collect stats from 5 matches. Man, this December has been crazy and I feel like I’ve been doing nothing but collecting shots stats non-stop ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-01-01By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal v. Liverpool: stats preview
    I have to apologize in advance: while I’m normally on the side of the home team in these big games, my stats indicate a solid advantage for the away team and have Liverpool winning a close match with lots of ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-12-21By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Super Tom
    You know that the machines are taking over and that soon, very soon, our lives will be dedicated to serving the machines which serve us. That’s my real life job. I service the machines that the students use to write ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-12-20By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Ainsley Maitland-Niles
    I have to admit that Ainsley Maitland-Niles is my favorite young player on this Arsenal team. It’s a crowded field to choose from. Arsenal have given time to a lot of talented players, like “The Jeff”, Reiss Nelson, Gedion Zelalem, ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-12-19By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • The 18 minute roundup
    I have 18 minutes until I have to take my daughter to school so here’s your 18 minute recap. Maybe I should change the byline for the site to “the web site for the apathetic Arsenal fan” or “the place ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-12-18By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • 33 Shots FC
    After a 33 shot performance against Man U, an 11 shot performance against Soton, and a 22 shot performance against West Ham, Arsenal have now scored just two goals in their last three games and taken a whopping two points ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-12-14By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • On a decade
    On January 1st, this blog will be 10 years old. I wish I could tell you a noble lie, that I started 7amkickoff so that I could develop a community of like-minded individuals, intellectuals who wanted to muse over how ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-12-12By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • City’s win over United proves that Mourinho is the real checkbook manager
    I watched Man City demolish Manchester United at Old Trafford and I think it’s fair to say that I haven’t seen football like that since 2005 and honestly, I’ve never seen better football in my life than yesterday’s win by ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-12-11By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Southampton v. Arsenal: Stats Preview
    Arsenal supporters are worried about a trip to the South Coast to face Southampton in St. Mary’s stadium for the early match on Sunday and for good reason: not only are Arsenal just 2-2-1 in the last five trips there ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-12-09By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Walcott and the kids
    Atletico Madrid and Celtic are now in the Europa League. Depending on what happens today we could also see Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Lyon, and even AC Milan! 538 has already made Atletico Madrid as favorites. So, the question is… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-12-06By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • Clattenburg reveals massive problems with refereeing in England
    I don’t remember the exact game when I first noticed Mark Clattenburg as a referee. What I remember was more a feeling. That he was different. That he let the game flow more than other referees. That even in hard-fought ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-12-05By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal frustrated by Mourinho’s United
    On Saturday my daughter and I had my mom over to the house to bake cookies. I warned them both that I would have to watch the Arsenal match and that they would have to start the first couple of ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-12-04By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal v. Man U: Stats Preview
    HA! Trick post. I would normally call this a win for Arsenal based on the data available and on the home advantage but all the stats go out the window with this matchup. Mourinho has a philosophy about these big ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-12-02By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • Walking in a Bergkamp wonderland
    If you lived in the James Rosskade in the 70’s you probably saw a young man who night after night would kick a ball off a wall. You might watch for five minutes or so before getting bored. Bored of ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-12-01By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal high five Terriers
    Sorry, I don’t have as much time this morning as I should have. I am a bit distracted at the moment and I lost an hour just looking at posts on Facebook and Twitter. We should talk about that some ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-30By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal enter December fixture pile-up in bizarre fashion: fit and rotated
    After the win against Tottenham there were some worries that Arsenal would travel to Burnley and drop points. Both Arsenal supporters and Spurs fans said “it would be just like Arsenal to beat Tottenham and go lose to Burnley.” But ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-28By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • A modest proposal for all the Burnley supporters who think Arsenal are soft
    Any time Arsenal play a northern team there’s a good chance, especially if the team play in like a 20,000 seat arena, that their supporters will bay for blood for 90 minutes. They will chant “same old Arsenal, always cheating” ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-27By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal make a flat cake in Köln (plus a simple lesson on how to spot a dive)
    Thanks to a dodgy penalty call and some lacklustre attacking play Arsenal lost 1-0 to Köln in Cologne but managed to win their group anyway and move on to the knockout round in the Europa League. After the game, I ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-24By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • xO: Expected Outrage
    The journos have finally discovered expected goals and some of them are outraged. I was asked on twitter yesterday to explain expected goals. Some presenter named Jeff Stelling went on a rant about expected goals on Sky Sports making fun ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-22By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • Professional Trolls Outraged When Corporate Account Makes Fun of Them
    Trolls. They have been around for centuries. The day that Benjamin Franklin invented the Newspaper his headline read “Jefferson, Adams, others Sign Declaration: Colonies Declare Independence from King.” And the very next day the Troll was born as a competing ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-20By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    The Good Everyone will have their favorite moment of the match. The last time Arsenal beat Tottenham in the League was when Tomas Rosicky scored a screamer. The thing I will always remember about that goal was how his hair ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-19By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • Know who you are, where you are from, and where you are going
    History Do you even remember 1995? Bill Clinton was president, thanks mostly to H. Ross Perot and his “giant sucking sound.” That was the year I graduated from college and got my first (non-military) full time job. With my newfound ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-17By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • Top six managers head-to-head away record
    This is the record for all the top six managers head-to-head in away games: all away matches, all competitions, all leagues. (Source: transfermarkt.com) Pochettino has the lowest total because he lost to Mourinho and Conte in every away match he’s ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-15By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • istry
    I’m still finishing up Stillness and Speed – the Dennis Bergkamp biography. I finally got to the part here he talks (at length) about his goal for Holland vs Argentina. FIFA made a documentary about the “Great Forgotten Dutch team ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-14By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • On balance: transfers, team construction, and leadership
    Spending – “Spend some … money!” was the chant heard round the Emirates in Spring of 2013 and withing four years Arsenal would spend £224m making them the third most profligate club in the Premier League over the last four ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-13By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • It’s been (insert years) since they won the title
    1 Year – Chelsea 2 Years – Leicester 4 Years – Manchester City 5 Years – Manchester United 13 Years – Arsenal 22 Years – Blackburn Rovers 25 Years – Leeds United 27 Years – Liverpool 30 Years – Everton ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-11By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • Dixon wonders why Arsenal don’t press
    Some of you who have been reading my writing for a few years are already probably tired of this story but I need to repeat it for the one new person in the comments. When I first saw Alexis play ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-08By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Cazorla nearly lost a foot: who is taking responsibility for this?
    Did you see the story about Cazorla’s ankle? It is a gruesome tale. Literally a grisly account of Cazorla’s ankle. I will recap: according to an interview with Cazorla in Spanish paper Marca (I speak/read Spanish) Cazorla first picked up ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-07By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Man City 3-1 Arsenal: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    2018 will be the 10th year of 7amkickoff. The testimonial year! As such, I expect all of you to organize a testimonial which features at least a few famous players from the past: Denilson, Flamini, Eboue, Hleb, Frimpong, Diaby, Walcott, ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-06By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • What’s Weak this Week: Week 10 stats
    I just spent the last three hours fixing my database and besides having completely lost my mind (I don’t need it) I think I’m ready to write about the first 10 games of the season. All stats below ONLY count ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-05By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Let’s not crown Tottenham world champs quite yet
    In November 2006 it was party-time for Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce. He was at the height of his “hoodoo” over Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and his team would soon have its best ever night against the Gunners. In the previous ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-03By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • November blues
    Welcome to November or as Arsene Wenger sometimes calls it “Mars Bars” – on account of all the leftover Halloween candy that his players eat on the bus.* November is the month which Arsenal traditionally take the fewest points per ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-11-01By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Quotidian Quotes: 31st October 2016
    “He’s a very experienced player and he’s really strong. And when it matters he finds me and makes good passes so I can score.” – Alexis on what he likes about Sead Kolasinac. “It’s fantastic. When you look at the ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-31By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Gazidis is wrong: Arsenal are the most inefficient spending club in the League
    On October 26th The Guradian published an article titled “Ivan Gazidis heckled at Arsenal AGM as he defends club’s spending”. In which there was a rather long and precise quote given by Gazidis defending Arsenal’s transfer spend over the last ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-30By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Neat new stats tool: CIES profile comparator
    I’m crunched for time this morning because I just spent the last 30 minutes looking at the new CIES profile comparator. I don’t have time right now for a good breakdown of this tool but as this site is known ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-26By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Two tickets to paradise
    We’ve waited so long, waited so long We’ve waited so long, waited so long He scored… two goals in the Carabao His first touch, went in somehow He scored, two goals in the Carabao He scored, two goals in the ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-25By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Arsenal destroy Everton: is it the new dawn?
    Models are just models, they aren’t real life. Sometimes a model can predict a 1-1 draw and then real life can throw up a 5-2 win. Meh, it happens. I’m not even going to alter the model, yet. My predictron ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-23By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Everton 2-5 Arsenal: player rater
    9.2 – Ozil: record 8 key passes, 6 in the first half, well up for this match – Man of the Match 8.9 – Alexis: 6/6 dribbles, looked like the Alexis of old 8.1 – Monreal: 2 goals this season, ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-22By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Everton v. Arsenal: preview and prediction
    Arsenal have a real problem with their away stats. My model uses top five players and ranks them based on their score home or away. Arsenal’s top five away performers this season are Koscielny, Ramsey, Mustafi, Cech, and Xhaka. Since ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-21By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Wilshere, Walcott, and Giroud ask: What if?
    My daughter asked me yesterday “who is the worst football player you have ever seen”? This isn’t normally a question you mull over, we see lists and lists of top 10 best players ever but never a list of top ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-20By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Catch the stream
    It took me a few weeks but I finally noticed that not only do I not get the channels that the Champions League games are broadcast on but I don’t get any of the Champions League games through my cable ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-19By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • What’s Weak this Week: Weak 8 7xG
    The two metrics I’m using this season show Arsenal in a spot of bother ahead of their clashes with Red Star and Everton. For the first time since I began collecting statistics, Arsenal don’t have an attacking player in the ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-18By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Footballistically Speaking: Szczesny Szczavages Wenger
    For as long as I have been following football there has been tension between the artists who want to create beautiful football and the technocrats who want to install rigid systems on football. There have always been tensions between the ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-17By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Richarliason penalty was just that: a penalty
    Good morning folks. Things are quiet here in Tacoma. I took the dog for a walk this morning and the only sound I heard was the white-noise of cars on the freeway off in the distance. It’s days like this ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-16By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • A plea for help from a fellow Gooner in Dominica
    Good morning fellow Gooners. I hope all is well with you where you are, unfortunately, I have a friend named Margarette in Dominica who is not all well. Margarette has been following this blog since almost the beginning in 2008. ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-15By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Real football returns as Arsene looks to gun down the Moose
    Weird fact that you probably don’t know: Arsenal and Watford train at adjacent fields which are both just 23 minutes North of Watford’s stadium on Vicarage Road. Weird second fact you may not know: if Alexis and Ozil don’t play ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-13By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Arsene Wenger pre-Watford press conference
    Good morning Arsene, can we start with your latest team news? I haven’t seen everybody, because some players are coming back today and some are in tomorrow, like Alexis (So why do we do the press conferences today instead of ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-13By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • I don’t care that USA is not going to Russia
    USA men’s nationalism team went to Trinidad and Tobago, angered the locals by making a big deal of the conditions, and then promptly lost in a fit of American hubris not seen since… well since something Trump probably did this ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-11By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • On Ricks, Mortys, and Jerrys
    (SPOILERS – Stop reading if you don’t want to know what happens in season three of Rick and Morty) I have been watching Rick and Morty for a few years now and I took it as a fun, light-hearted, sci-fi ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-10By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • The English Premier League isn’t very English
    7 – Number of Premier League teams owned exclusively by British (Scotland, England, Wales) citizens – Burnley, Brighton, Huddersfield, Newcastle, Stoke, Tottenham, and West Ham 30 – Percent of Premier League teams owned exclusively by Brits 5 – Number of ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-09By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Kolo Toure pulls back the curtain to reveal what made the Invincibles special
    If you’re like me, you don’t have time for podcasts. But today I did have time to listen to The Arsenal Weekly Podcast and cobble together something of a transcript. It’s not complete and probably not 100% accurate (he says ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-06By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • The Shallows
    When was the last time that you searched Google? Probably this morning. And when you started typing your search into the Google box it probably started helping you to find what you’re looking for by predicting the rest of your ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-05By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Keep ’em hungry, Arsene
    By Jonathan Blaustein It’s a bright, sunny Monday here in Taos. The good weather has come back again, after a week of freezing rain. No matter how attuned we are to the changing seasons, somehow, they still manage to surprise ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-04By Jonathan Blaustein
    5 months ago
  • I wanna dance with Koscielny
    “I wanna dance with Koscielny I wanna feel the heat with Koscielny I wanna dance with Koscielny With Koscielny who loves me!” Laurent Koscielny signed for Arsenal from FC Lorient in June 2010 for a fee of £11m. His transfer ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-03By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • America needs gun control now
    I have an article in the can about Laurent Koscielny. I will publish it later today or tomorrow. But I feel like I need to write about something that has been bothering me for quite a while now: guns in ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-10-02By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Give us this day our daily Hleb
    Whoa.. early game today, 10am local time (PST). Right, so, I better get this published. Uhh, you know by now that Arsenal are playing BATE and that BATE are 11-time champions of the Belarusian League. And… that the stadium is ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-28By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Arsenal v. West Brom: naked shower tumbles
    Good morning chums. I have a busy day ahead as we gear up for the start of fall quarter so here are a few thoughts before heading off to work. Arsenal face West Bromwich Albion and that means Arsene faces ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-25By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Amazon and Facebook are about to pour more money into the Premier League
    The Premier League has so much money it literally doesn’t know how to spend it. It knows how to waste the money, but it doesn’t seem to know how to spend the money. And with Facebook and Amazon and probably ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-22By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Arsenal handle Doncaster apace
    Football is like a warm favorite coat. The one you’re happy to get out of the closet when summer turns to fall. As you unpack it from its summer home you note that one of the elbows has some wear ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-21By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • The Jack’s New Clothes
    I’m willing to admit that maybe I got my estimation of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s abilities a bit.. wrong. There is a video circulating of a Liverpool supporter mocking Ox’s match against Leicester last night and another which shows all his good ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-20By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Another beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest (League cup waffle)
    (Informal blog tone activated.) Good morning everyone. It finally started raining here over the last few days and I have to admit it’s a relief. Wildfires have been burning down my beloved wilderness and left the air choked with smoke ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-19By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Arsenal’s back three has made no difference to Arsenal’s defense
    Pep Guardiola once said that formations were “just numbers: phone numbers” by which he meant that it’s much more important to execute a plan on the pitch which moves the ball forward, creates big chances for your team, and which ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-16By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Arsenal 3-1 Köln: chaos at Die Emirates Stadion
    20,000 Köln fans marched through the streets of London, fueled by ale and lager, chanting and singing. They started in Oxford Circus where they snarled traffic, throwing bottles, and aggravating booji shoppers trying to get into Forever 21. There they boarded public transit and made the 25 minute train ride ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-15By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Arsenal v. Koln: September 2017
    It has started. I already got my first “banta” email. Sent to me by a friend from Wales who supports Man U. It’s titled “what do Arsenal supporters do on Champions League nights?” And of course it’s a gif that shows we do nothing. Ha ha, very funny. Except also ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-14By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Jblau asks: who was the best?
    By Jonathan Blaustein  I went for a long run yesterday, as it’s one of the few chances I get to let my mind wander. It’s a great feeling, that freedom of mental movement, and it’s hard to come by these days. Most of us are accounted for, at all times, ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-13By Jonathan Blaustein
    5 months ago
  • Weekly stats dump – Week 4
    Good morning. We now have four weeks of football in the Premier League and already we are starting to see some trends emerge as the top two clubs, Manchester Mourinho and Manchester Pep, have started to pull away from the rest of the pack. Liverpool and Arsenal still haven’t fixed ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-12By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Arsenal v. Bournemouth: Cherry Pie
    Good Brioche takes time. Anyone can make an egg and butter enriched dough but to make something that pulls apart in cloud-like whisps of gluten laced with butter just takes time. Which is the exact same thing I can say about 7amkickoff’s PREDICTRON 3000. In other words, my season predictions ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-08By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • B’Jesus Said Alex
    Alexis Sanchez posted the following on his Instagram account: “You get tired of being criticised with or without reason, you get tired of those who want you to lose, you get tired of saying to yourself ‘once more I’ll get up’ after crying after a defeat, and you get tired ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-06By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Ox Gores Wenger
    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave his first post-Arsenal interview to LFCTV and had some very nice words to say about his new manager Jurgen Klopp King of the Kopp and you can’t help but read this as a stinging criticism of his former manager Arsene Wenger. Ox peppered his interview with phrases ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-06By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Does everything have to have a title?
    By Jonathan Blaustein Well, that didn’t last long. The brief period of early-season optimism, I mean. That little window of time when each team starts fresh, all records are equal, and the early-morning-dream-haze lingers on the vision of Per Mertesacker hoisting the EPL trophy. In fairness, I never believed this ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-06By Jonathan Blaustein
    6 months ago
  • Anthropo ex machina
    The dinosaurs ended deus ex machina when a 10km wide asteroid collided with Earth. I like to think that at least some of them were munching on a plant when the asteroid screamed through the atmosphere and that they paused for a second and thought “oh fuck.” Debris was thrown into the atmosphere ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-05By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • The Ornicle Speaks of Moneyballs
    David Ornstein, Arsenal twitter’s most trusted reporter (and butt of tons of puns based on his last name), dropped a bomb this morning – posting [...] ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-04By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Mesut Ozil makes a statement with words from his PR firm
    Mesut Ozil is Arsenal’s most talented player – It’s not just the “what Mesut sees” stuff, the great passes and corner kicks, but also the [...] ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2017-09-03By imothyt
    6 months ago