7 a.m. Kickoff

  • Things look a dog’s dinner
    So.. yesterday Ornstein published an article in which he said that some club sources said that they don’t like Aubameyang hanging out with Troopz – who is a guy from AFTV that has had some famous rants about Bellerin –… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-11-12By imothyt
    2 days ago
  • Arsenal try to calm the storm but it may be too late
    It’s been an eventful few days for Arsenal. Yesterday, the Athletic’s David Ornstein reported that the club were “100%” behind Unai Emery and called the fan grumblings around his performances this season “noise”. As in the song by the Buzzcocks,… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-11-11By imothyt
    3 days ago
  • The 7amkickoff Index: Leicester 2-0 Arsenal
    Stats don’t tell the whole story but sometimes stats tell almost all of the story and even rarer, one stat can be used as a stand in for most of the story. In this article, there is one stat which… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-11-09By imothyt
    5 days ago
  • Leicester preview: wolves in fox clothing
    I wish I had more time to dedicate to a longer post this morning but you know when I first started this blog – and for many years after – I would just write a one or two paragraph post.… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-11-08By imothyt
    6 days ago
  • Vitoria 1-1 Arsenal
    There isn’t much left to say about this Arsenal team that hasn’t already been said. We are just waiting for the company board to reach the same conclusion that the fans seems to have reached. I was slightly concerned that… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-11-06By imothyt
    1 week ago
  • The League has to stop “fouling as defense” or we will have more broken legs
    Before I start here, I want to take a moment to think about what Andre Gomes is going through. As he lie on the pitch on Sunday, he had to look down and see his ankle in an unnatural state.… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-11-05By imothyt
    1 week ago
  • The Arsenal board needs to correct their mistake, immediately
    Another insipid performance. Another poor result. And now we wait. And while we wait for the board to figure out who replaces Emery, that gives us a little time to unpack the 17 months that we have just been through.… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-11-03By imothyt
    2 weeks ago
  • November 2019
    A black screen. The letters “November, 2019” in white. Vangelis plays a chime, we open with what we are told is Los Angeles. It’s a hellscape of buildings belching fire. A car flies at the viewer. An eye surveys the… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-11-01By imothyt
    2 weeks ago
  • 5 things we learned about Arsenal at Anfield
    You aren’t going to see matches like this very often. Most supporters never get to see their team score five goals in a single match. Almost no supporters get to see their team score five goals at Anfield. And on… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-10-31By imothyt
    2 weeks ago
  • Liverpool v. Arsenal: a total contrast
    I watched the Liverpool-Tottenham match after the Arsenal-Palace match and I was struck by one thing and one thing only: Liverpool really want to win. Organization on the pitch was good, pressing was good, and their ability to play in… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-10-30By imothyt
    2 weeks ago
  • VAR, huh, what is it good for?
    (Editor’s note: Taking a page from Sky News with their Brexit-Free channel, 7amkickoff is now a Xhaka, Emery, and Ozil free news page. We will eventually return to covering those characters when the drama dies down in a few weeks,… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-10-29By imothyt
    2 weeks ago
  • A steaming pile of Tottenham
    It’s a feature of modernity that everyone gets to not only have an opinion we get to share it with a lot of people: here, on twitter, on Facebook, on YouTube, and in the stands. People are very quick to… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-10-28By imothyt
    2 weeks ago
  • Pepe: never in doubt
    Let’s try an experiment: let’s try to just say something new about Arsenal. Sure, go and read the blogs, listen to hours of the same content on various podcasts, subscribe, patreon, all of that stuff, comment here with all of… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-10-25By imothyt
    3 weeks ago
  • Emery goes on the attack
    I tried to make the famous Breton desert Kouign-Amann last night and here I am this morning, looking at this lump of pastry dough with chunks of butter sticking out of it and feeling a profound sense of failure. Do… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-10-24By imothyt
    3 weeks ago
  • GBBO rates the Emery Pie
    What if Arsenal selected the coach like the Great British Bake Off (or whatever they call it now for legal reasons) selects winners? Just have Paul Hollywood standing around, elbows akimbo like Henry the VIII, telling each potential manager –… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-10-23By imothyt
    3 weeks ago
  • Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal: The 7amkickoff Index
    The dribblers… Arsenal completed 20/30 dribbles yesterday taking Arsenal to the top of the Premier League Dribbles table with 13.3. Man City are 2nd with 12.1 and Chelsea are 3rd with 11.7. Pepe is indisputably Arsenal’s dribble prince. He’s 2nd… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-10-22By imothyt
    3 weeks ago
  • Emery has to go
    Well? Did you enjoy that? I’ve been following Arsenal for a long time. I know that doesn’t matter for a hill of beans in this crazy old world but it’s true. Before kickoff NBC played clips from the time Arsenal… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-10-22By imothyt
    3 weeks ago
  • 49 Undefeated
    I regret to inform you that today is my 49th birthday and owing to the fact that I have survived 49 years without expiring, I will be singing “49 49 undefeated” virtually every day until I am 50, in 2020.… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-10-19By imothyt
    4 weeks ago
  • Özil or nÖzil that is the question
    The Athletic published David Ornstein’s interview with Mesut Özil yesterday and one quote that caught my eye (as a stats guy) was Özil talking about criticism of his impact in big games: “If we don’t do well in a ‘big’… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-10-18By imothyt
    4 weeks ago
  • A one minute long flerbert
    Man, these international breaks are interminable. And I’m not using interminable hyperbolically I mean, they are awful. Let’s recap FIFA and UEFA’s Nationalism break so far: racism in Bulgaria. Cool story, bros. I think I also saw a video of… ... read more
    Source: 7 a.m. KickoffPublished on 2019-10-16By imothyt
    4 weeks ago