7 a.m. Kickoff

  • Shoehorning
    Gang.. I’ve got great news. You know how sometimes in the Europa League you face an opponent that no one has ever heard of and you think it’s going to be an easy game but they turn out to be ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-09-19By imothyt
    2 days ago
  • The Premier League is a changing
    Arsenal start their Europa League campaign on Thursday at home against FC Vorskla with just one small problem: Emery still hasn’t figured out his best lineup. I’m not saying I would pick a better one nor that this is a ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-09-17By imothyt
    4 days ago
  • Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal: the Good, Bad, and Ugly
    The good Arsenal won just 4 away matches all of last season. It wasn’t going to be a difficult task to improve on that record but it is fantastic to see that we are already out of the gate with ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-09-15By imothyt
    6 days ago
  • Same old Jose, always bleating
    I’m busy researching the 2004/05 season and the rapid change from the Arsenal Invincibles in 2003/04 to Chelsea’s team that won the League with 95 points and just one loss. I guess I had forgotten most of that 04/05 season ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-09-13By imothyt
    1 week ago
  • Typical Daily Schedule:
    (Inspired by Mark Wahlberg’s rather idyllic life of eating and working out, here’s what I do every day) 2:07am wake up, realize it’s 2am, restart the Guardian Football Weekly podcast that I was listening to, fall asleep listening to Barry ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-09-12By imothyt
    1 week ago
  • What to do during nationalism week (hint: argue about transfers)
    Good morning. I’m taking this week off from blogging. We have a 10 day break for the flag waivers to enjoy their nationalism football and then we get back to the real stuff on the 15th. So, until then, enjoy ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-09-05By imothyt
    2 weeks ago
  • Cardiff, literally
    One… I let Pork Chop out to go pee. It’s part of my morning routine: get up,  put on the kettle, ask the dog if she needs to go pee in a falsetto (because that’s how dogs understand English, everyone ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-09-03By imothyt
    3 weeks ago
  • Cardiff v. Arsenal, Reiss, and the Europa League
    First, accept this post in lieu of a post in the morning. Arsenal play on Sunday this week and I did a match preview over on The Arsenal Review for today, this post is the stand-in for tomorrow, and the ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-31By imothyt
    3 weeks ago
  • Mesut Özil and Germany’s Institutional Racism
    I sat in a meeting yesterday in which we discussed building more inclusive spaces. It was a broad-ranging conversation, more of a first step into the topic rather than a deep dive into how our institution, specifically, could begin to ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-29By imothyt
    3 weeks ago
  • Jose Mourinho, always giving people the fingers
    On the final day of the 2007 season, Jose Mourinho strode up to the podium to accept his winners medal for the FA Cup. Instead of a moment of grace, Jose turned to Roman Abramovich and held up six fingers. ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-28By imothyt
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal 3-1 Wham: I’ll take it
    Arsenal picked up their first three points today with a somewhat sketchy win over West Ham and you know what? I’ll take it.  A win after a first half in which Arsenal just 7 shots and conceded 8 including the ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-25By imothyt
    4 weeks ago
  • Footballistically Speaking – Arsène Wenger: “To be passionate, it’s a selfish job “
    (This interview is by Jean-Marc RAFFAELLI for Corse Matin, the Corsican newspaper. It has been translated by Google translate and edited by me, Tim. It is reproduced here with permission of the author.) After announcing, in the spring, his departure from Arsenal ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-23By imothyt
    4 weeks ago
  • Missing a big chance
    On Monday I was looking at the stats section of the Premier League’s web site and posting some stuff on twitter when one of our regular readers suggested that I look at the “big chances missed” stat. So, I did ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-22By imothyt
    4 weeks ago
  • Just win the winnable games and all will be forgiven
    Arsenal lost to Chelsea 3-2 and I think we can firmly state that this one is on Unai Emery.  It’s popular to blame the players and we did see some problems with the personnel in this match. Both of the ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-20By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • Modernist Football
    I love when people recall past matches, which have none of the same players, managers, and even in many cases the same supporters, as some kind of yardstick with which to measure an approaching match. “Arsenal haven’t won at Stamford ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-17By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • Thousand Mile Stare
    I broke with my intended schedule posting yesterday’s piece on how to (legally) watch all the Arsenal matches on your TV/Computer/Phone but don’t worry, I did follow that up with some work that I promised myself I would do from ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-15By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • How to watch every Arsenal match on TV this season (sorry, this only applies to the USA)
    I know that I’m not supposed to publish here today but I woke up this morning to yet another announcement of yet another streaming service putting Arsenal matches behind their paywall. This was for FA Cup matches, which will only ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-14By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • Matchday 1: It’s Going to Be a Long Season
    This weekend I got into an argument with someone on twitter over Jagielka’s red card in which he told me vehemently that I’ve never watched football. Over and over, he kept saying this, until I muted him. Earlier in the ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-13By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • Matchday 1, Uncharted Waters
    This post is short.  For the first time in our Arsenal lives, most of us have only known Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, we are going to watch a competitive match coached by a manager who isn’t Arsene Wenger. And I know ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-12By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • Premier League Purchase Breakdown
    Man City won the Premier League last year at record pace. They added just one player, Riyad Mahrez from Leicester, for the price of £61m. Mahrez had 12 goals and 10 assists last season, which alone is fantastic but in ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-11By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • 2018/19 Summer Transfer Roundup
    The Premier League transfer window snapped shut two weeks earlier than the rest of Europe but not before some clubs could reach deep into the warchest to splash the cash on a swoop for a player they had targeted and ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-10By imothyt
    1 month ago
  • We now own Kroenke
    Arsenal have a new owner. He’s the same as the old owner but now he just owns the whole thing. E. Stan Kroenke borrowed a huge sum of money to buy the remaining shares from the Uzbeki guy who promised ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-07By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Monday Guff
    Happy Monday to you all. I hope you had a good weekend. I spent the entire weekend at Stanford University for a conference. Stanford is the largest university I have ever seen which isn’t real weird considering it’s the 6th ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-06By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Shearing the Ram
    Sorry that I haven’t posted for a few days but I’ve been away at a work conference and very busy. I didn’t get to watch the match yesterday and so, I have no comment other than “we won, yay!”  I ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-05By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal win the Intercontinental Ballistic Cup
    I used to play golf. I know the stereotypes about golf and you can shelve them: here in Washington we have nice municipal courses where you can have an evening summer round for a reasonable price. Golf was two important ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-08-02By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Preview of the preview of the sequel to the catastrophe
    Quick post before I jet off to work. This week is going to be hectic. I have a conference in California this weekend and I fly out Thursday night. I don’t know how much Arsenal writing I’ll be able to ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-30By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • A bit more on Ramsey and “greed”
    First off, I need to say this.. Nketia. That’s his name not “Neketia”. Of all the things I said yesterday I think that was the most offensive. I apologize for misspelling his name. Second off*, I apologize to all of you ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-29By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal high five PSG and Bellerin praises Unai
    Good day to you all. I got up late this morning and missed the first 80 minutes of the match. Kickoff was 0445am here which is normally not too early but I slept in. If I was being fair to ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-28By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • The #EmeryEffect Starts
    Unai Emery’s pre-season-seasoning of the Arsenal continued this morning as Arsenal drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid in Singapore thanks to a fine goal by young Gunner Emile Smith Rowe. Pull-ups and weight training have been featured on the official Arsenal ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-26By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Quick net spend roundup
    And the top spender so far this season is… Liverpool. Using data from Transfermarkt.co.uk, Liverpool have spent an estimated £150m net this season buying Alisson, Keita, Fabinho, and Shaqiri. There are some questions about Alisson’s hands, Keita’s attitude, and whether ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-24By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Thanks, Mesut
    I see from the comments that you’ve already started in on the Ozil “controversy” and I guess I’m late to the party. Never fear though, I have an epic bad take on this topic which will blow your minds like ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-23By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Don’t Panic
    Morning all. There is no Arsenal news as the club flies out to Singapore for some pre-season friendlies. There is a fake news story going around that Arsenal are after some Barcelona flop named Gomes. I took a quick look ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-22By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Arsene Wenger and Bob Marley, One Love
    Simmer Down – 1996 Simmer down, you lickin’ too hot, so Simmer down, soon you’ll get dropped, so Simmer down, can you hear what I say Simmer down, that why won’t you, why won’t you, why won’t you simmer down ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-20By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Positive K: I’ve got a DM
    Transfer roundup: (tumbleweeds) I saw that the official site put outside links to Coman, Nzonzi, and some other guy up proving that even the guys who run the rumor mill section of Arsenal.com have a great sense of humor. I’ve ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-19By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • On the back of a winged horse
    On the back of a winged horse Through the sky of pearly grey Love is leaf-like… You and me, baby Twinkle, twinkle Blah, blah, blah E! T! C! – Minutemen, #1 Hit Song My favorite poetry is anti-poetry. My favorite ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-18By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Footballistically speaking: Wenger’s addiction
    I am addicted to mornings. It’s the time of day when the earth is just still. Or at the most, barely moving, sort of just stirring. You can hear the wind over the sound of humans. Every morning I take ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-17By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • World Cup 2018
    2018 was the year of the jerk and as if to prove it, the United States of America inaugurated the one of the loudest jerks of all time, Donald Trump. To underline what kind of jerk Donald Trump really is ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-16By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Unai holds his first presser: talks about Ramsey, Ospina, and training
    Unai Emery held his first press conference as Arsenal coach and while some things sounded quite familiar there was a change in the air about the presser. First, the familiar: Arsenal’s transfer business is done. At least as far as ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-13By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • A respite from the storm
    Antoine Griezmann doing that chicken dance in front of the Atletico supporters at the Emirates Stadium. Obafemi Martins doing a backflip in front of a blue wall of Birmingham supporters at Wembley. The one-two punch of Eto’o and Beletti in ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-12By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Torreira and Guendouzi sign for Arsenal and the World Cup draws to a close
    Well, finally! The least well-kept secret has finally been published: Arsenal have signed Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi. Reported in the Guardian and on the BBC, Torreira was always already signed for Arsenal. I had zero doubts because as Ivan ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-11By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Vindaloo and Arsenal Sign a Lion
    Funny story but I first learned how to make Vindaloo by making Chile Colorado. See, Chile Colorado is simply a blend of dried red peppers, garlic, and onions. You reconstitute the dried peppers and throw in some onions and garlic ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-10By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • The full English translation of Marti Perarnau’s interview with new Arsenal boss Unai Emery
    I have a special treat for all of you today: we finally have an English translation of the full interview of Unai Emery by Marti Perarnau. This work was originally published on Perarnau’s E-Magazine, the Tactical Room, and is published ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-09By imothyt
    2 months ago
  • Premier League have the most players in the World Cup final four than any time in history
    I was thinking about the teams and players who are featuring in the final four of the World Cup. Croatia have just one player who plays in England (Lovren, I think, please correct in the comments) and France have just ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-08By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • France and Belgium one step closer to beating England in the final
    France hasn’t surrendered. It’s an old joke, I know. I apologize. You deserve better. Can I work one in there about France and England fighting over Belgium? It would work a lot better if Germany were still in the tournament. ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-07By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • Ivan Gazidis’ Sunglasses Hut
    Good morning to all of you new and old. We have ourselves a game today! You’re a Guy versus Friends. Torriera starts in the midfield for You’re a Guy and he will have his hands full as France start Griezmann, ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-07-06By imothyt
    3 months ago
  • Thursday roundup: Lichtsteiner’s numbers, plus Ramsey is good
    Good morning everyone, a lot going on this morning and I better get right to it because I have to take the kid and the dog for a walk before work. First re: Stephan Lichtsteiner I knocked up his numbers ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-31By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • No: Arsenal will not spend £200m this summer and amortize it as £50m a year you weirdos
    I saw some Arsenal supporters on twitter talking about how Arsenal’s first signing, Sokratis, is only costing Arsenal £5m of the £50m war chest because Arsenal were going to amortize his transfer fee over three years. In this weirdo fantasy ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-30By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Arsenal get philosophical and sign Sokratis
    “The only true wisdom consists of knowing that you know nothing.” – Socrates. David Ornstein is reporting that Arsenal are set to announce the signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £16m. Arsenal are making this ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-30By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Walk, don’t run, over to The Tactical Room for a great interview with Unai Emery
    I caused a bit of controversy yesterday when I called out Get French Football for their unauthorized publication of an interview by Marti Perarnau. Perarnau is a journalist and author who is best known for his books on Pep Guardiola ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-28By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Who wants to win like that?
    I have this image of a child dropping a porcelain cat. As it drops it spins around to reveal that it’s a Mankei-Neko, its face a placid boredom, its right paw raised, beckoning the viewer to join it as it ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-27By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Jonathan Blaustein’s Column: High on Unai
    “Arsenal will bring in a coach with a plan, which will probably include pressing. We’ll get our own new-style-coach who does the tactics, the preparation, runs hours of classroom time, and understands analytics properly. It will likely be an attacking ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-25By Jonathan Blaustein
    4 months ago
  • Emery promises pressing and hard work for all the players
    Unai Emery and Ivan Gazidis held their first press conference today and the pair spoke about the players, the future, and how the selection process worked. First, on the process, Gazidis said: “We formed a three person committee – led ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-23By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Unai Emery’s record and Arsenal’s way forward
    Arsenal haven’t announced him yet but according to David Ornstein (BBC reporter and the only trusted source on Arsenal transfers and appointments ) they are set to announce Unai Emery as the next coach of Arsenal imminently. Coach is the ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-22By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Why haven’t Arsenal announced the new manager?
    That’s all I want to know. That’s it. Where is the new manager? Let’s go, quit messing around. Qq ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-21By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Arsenal need a real DM and a culture change to compete for the title
    I tweeted something that got quite a bit of a response and thought I should follow up with a post that more completely explains my idea. There were actually two tweets but they both basically say the same thing: get ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-20By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Refreshing like a cool overcast summer day
    Welcome to summer. I know it’s summer because I’ve had to sleep with the window open the last two nights. And this morning when I woke up, there was a crispness to the air; it was cool and overcast, like ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-15By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • One more weekend
    There’s a weird thing that happens to people right before they go into rehab, they like to go on a binge. It’s not that unusual a phenomena. A lot of people who drink frequently take January off from drinking and ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-10By imothyt
    4 months ago
  • Jonathan Blaustein’s Column: Arsene Wenger’s Last Hand
    Age is just a number, and there are exceptions to every rule. I get it. Some artists/leaders/managers/talent are able to continue to grow and evolve, when they hit the latter stages of life. But most don’t. Since we live in ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-08By Jonathan Blaustein
    5 months ago
  • I will miss you too, Arsene
    I don’t know if I’ve ever said this but I started 7amkickoff in 2008 because I was tired of the constant stream of criticism against Arsene Wenger. I insisted on context: Wenger’s youth plan was audacious – the likes of ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-07By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Arsene’s Last Words at Arsenal
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-07By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Stoke City first team to be relegated and they deserved it
    Stoke lost 2-1 today to Crystal Palace making them the first team to be relegated from the Premier League this season. Football can be a cruel mistress and sometimes relegation isn’t deserved but this season Stoke City had the worst ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-05By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Who wants to live forever?
    I don’t know how to write this article today. I guess I just hit the keys and words come out. If they don’t make sense, I apologize. Arsenal lost to Atletico Madrid. Arsenal lost the Europa League. Arsenal lost in ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-04By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • On Jack
    Good morning. Continuing the theme from yesterday, I made “Thousand Island” deviled eggs this morning. Instead of mayo, I mixed in some of my homemade Thousand Island dressing. They are pretty ok. Not really elegant. Kind of more like “raccoon”. ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-02By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Zeljko Who? (©7amkickoff dot com)
    Hear me out on this. If you’re thinking about making scrambled eggs, or poached eggs, or really any kind of eggs for breakfast, why not deviled eggs? I’m serious. Devilled eggs are elegant, delicious, and everyone’s favorite snack at any ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-05-01By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Granit 2-1 Xhaka
    I set myself a little experiment yesterday and took notes on the match. My first note is three minutes into the match, “Kolasinac w/a nearly disastrous pass. This is why he doesn’t play”. My second note, “Xhaka fouls Alexis”. My ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-30By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Cynicism is the only way to hold off the heartbreak
    If you ask me what moment most defined Arsene Wenger’s tenure at Arsenal I will of course say winning the League at White Hart Lane. For three reasons: one, we won the League there at the ground of the old ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-27By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Arsenal’s Home Form: are these players actually not bad?
    Good morning! I just opened the site to see that there was an incredible conversation yesterday over the new manager. Thank you all for participating. My goal is to read through all 193 comments, take each of the managers mentioned, ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-25By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Pick the next Arsenal manager
    In the comments, pick the next manager for Arsenal. Rules: You only get to pick one. I don’t want you posting 6 different times either. Just one post. You may always reply to other people’s posts. You have to give ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-23By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Rodgers and infighting: this is not a hot take
    It has been exactly one day since Arsene Wenger announced that he was stepping down from Arsenal football club and in the 24 hours since there have been so many hot takes that I fear for the global ice caps ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-21By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Footballistically speaking: thank you Mr. Wenger
    I was going to write a goofy article this morning about my “combined non-top six starting XI” but I woke up this morning to news that Arsene Wenger announced his retirement at the end of the season and writing about ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-20By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Premier League Stats Dump (week 33.5)
    Quick post because I’m busy this morning with an early walk. First, let’s talk about my favorite topic: big chances. Above I have a chart listing all of the big chances for each team, adjusted for errors and penalties. I ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-19By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • It just doesn’t matter
    If comedy is tragedy plus time then one day all of this will be funny. There are moments of humor even now. I was listening to the official Arsenal podcast and they titled one show “Cech’s Keeping Masterclass”. Petr Cech ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-16By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Elneny saves Arsenal blushes (and Wilshere’s nightmares)
    Just before Nababkin scored CSKA’s second goal, Arsene Wenger told Elneny to drop deep from the midfield role and help out between Mustafi and Koscielny as a third center back. Mustafi had been struggling all game – as had Bellerin, ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-13By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • “Must win games”
    There’s a bit of whataboutery going on this morning. Juventus lost on a last minute penalty to Real Madrid and all hell has broken loose among fans, reporters, managers, and players. The whole football world disagrees about the call and ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-12By imothyt
    5 months ago
  • Jonathan Blaustein’s column: the future looks bright
    Saturday was one of those days. You know the kind, when you just don’t have any juice? That it coincided with the annual neighborhood ditch cleaning was far from fortuitous. Frankly, it sucked. However, in what was obviously a one-time-event, ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-10By Jonathan Blaustein
    5 months ago
  • Complaints and Grievances
    Well, was it fun for you? I like these kind of open matches where teams just run at each other and try to outscore their opponent. But only when they don’t matter. Like yesterday. That match didn’t matter, so it ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-09By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Arsenal v. Southampton: match preview
    It doesn’t matter; enjoy the match. Qq ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-08By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Ramsinho and Ozil steal the show
    I’m sure that footballers dream about games like last night. They spend all day doing boring drills and running laps so when they drift off to sleep it has to be to images of pastoral open spaces, perfect pitches, unmarked ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-06By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Liverpool’s blueprint to beat Man City
    Step 1 – Get Guardiola to do something weird. In the book Pep Confidential there is one glaring flaw in Guardiola’s genius – Pep Guardiola. For all of his tactical acumen and brilliant coaching of individual players, Guardiola occasionally over-elaborates. ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-05By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • CSKA Moscow Preview: beware the Pontus end of the stick
    Let me tell you a little story about a man named Pontus. He plays for CSKA Moscow and until just a few month ago he was normally deployed as a defensive midfielder but now plays as a forward. Pontus Wernbloom ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-04By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Arsenal beat Stoke despite major flaws in midfield
    “We didn’t play well in the first half at all. We lacked urgency, pace, drive. In the second half, we rectified that.” – Arsene Wenger on why Arsenal played better in the 2nd half against Stoke. I hate this answer ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-04-02By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Arsenal, British refs not in the World Cup, and the biggest match of the weekend
    There’s not much to say about the Arsenal-Stoke match that hasn’t already been said. We know how Stoke play and despite a few years where Mark Hughes put lipstick on this pig, the fundamental nature of Stoke is to play ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-30By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Football is back: Arsenal prepare for Stoke
    Good morning Gooners. I would like to start us all off with a reading from Sean Penn’s novel “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.” What is this Bob Honey and stuff what he do? Anna Mazzola gives us a glimpse.. ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-29By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Chelsea 2-3 Kanu
    Flashback to 1999… when people thought it was cool to have an email address like “TimTodd2000” because you know, the year 2000 was right around the corner. Arsenal traveled to Stamford Swamp to take on pre-Abramovich Chelsea, who could only ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-26By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Quantifying the greatest goals (Why Vieira’s goal against Tottenham is the greatest goal of all time)
    Author’s note: this article is completely serious. Any attempt to turn this into a light-hearted romp during the doldrums of International week will result in a lifetime ban from the comments section and on twitter. Thanks, -Tim How do we ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-25By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Wilshere should take the offer from Arsenal (if it is still on the table)
    I feel like I should start writing my “Ode to Jack Wilshere” post soon. You know, the one where I compile the statistical dossier of Jack’s career and we get all weepy eyed as he slowly slips into the Veil ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-24By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Serious as a heart attack
    The cursor is blinking at me. Two weeks without football. I don’t know dudes. What will we do? I should do Yoga But my back hurts But Yoga will help my back I should at least stretch But I’m writing ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-21By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Are Arsenal going for Emil Forsberg this summer?
    Speaking to the Totally Football Show Podcast Rafa Honigstein reminded everyone that Arsenal had a bid rejected for Emil Forsberg this summer. After RB Leipzig rejected Arsenal’s €30m bid out of hand, the Swedish attacking midfielder’s agent spoke openly about ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-20By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • My favorite moment of Arsenal’s season so far: selling Alexis to Man U
    I asked folks on twitter what their favorite moment was from Arsenal this season. Responses ranged from Ozil’s new contract to the win away at Milan to the win over the Spurs in the North London Derby early on in ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-19By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • The angry mob busts out the Tiki-Torches after Welbeck’s dive
    I’m literally lolling at the state of English football journalism right now. For the entire 2017/18 season British pundits, players, and managers have gone out of their way to excuse diving and then one man goes down easily and suddenly ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-16By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Six points on AC Milan
    Arsenal have a big game today against AC Milan but before we get into that, I need to post a clarification on yesterday’s blog. Rafa Honigstein read my post and called me out on twitter. His complaints were that I ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-15By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Per Molesaker reveals how much Arsenal players hated Alexis Sanchez
    Speaking to the Totally Football Podcast German journalist and well-respected author Rafael Honigstein revealed several secrets about the Arsenal dressing room. He spoke about Per Mertesacker’s latest interview, in which the German defender revealed the extent of his injury history ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-14By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • I don’t know
    Please don’t read this blog post, it’s garbage. I’m rusty and I don’t know what I’m doing. It will take me a week to get back into the swing of things. Don’t read anything I write for a full week. ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-13By imothyt
    6 months ago
  • Warning: Arsenal aren’t quite through to the next round
    I know that I’m supposed to start blog posts with an anecdote or wax lyric about some lyrics. That’s the convention. So, here’s my opening metaphor: I made lemon curd this morning while listening to the Guardian Football Weekly podcast. ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-09By imothyt
    7 months ago
  • AC Milan v. Arsenal: high voltage
    Good morning my fellow Arsenal depressives, we have a match today. It’s a… (squints at web site) huh… 10 am match against AC Milan in Milan. You are probably already well informed that AC Milan are managed by former midfield ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-08By imothyt
    7 months ago
  • Jonathan Blaustein’s column: weird scenes inside the gold mine
    “This is the end, beautiful friend/ This is the end, my only friend, the end/ Of our elaborate plans, the end/ Of everything that stands, the end…” If you have a look at the quote above, without context, it could’ve ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-07By Jonathan Blaustein
    7 months ago
  • How do Arsenal go forward from here?
    Another weekend, another disappointing result for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. Well, it would be disappointing if you expected Arsenal to get a result. After the turmoil of this week, coupled with Arsenal’s horrible away record, and given Brighton’s recent form, ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-05By imothyt
    7 months ago
  • Footballistically Speaking: Stairs and Lifts
    It wasn’t a surprise. Losing 3-0 to Manchester City in the Premier League, just days after losing 3-0 to Manchester City in the League Cup Final. Neither the defeat nor the manner of the defeat was a surprise. In the ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-03-02By imothyt
    7 months ago
  • £138m Cash on Hand FC
    Arsenal football club announced today that despite the drop in revenue from losing out on the Champions League and rising wage costs, they made £25m in profits and they now have £160m cash on hand, £138m of which is available ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-02-28By imothyt
    7 months ago
  • Jonathan Livingston Bukowski
    We arrived at school fifteen minutes early. That’s no small feat in my world where I tend to be disorganized and try to pack too many things in to my mornings. But my nine year old daughter had helped. She ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2018-02-26By imothyt
    7 months ago