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7am kickoff - Thu Dec 14 3:44 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Tue Dec 12 4:31 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Mon Dec 11 4:35 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Sat Dec 9 11:10 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Wed Dec 6 4:27 PM
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……
7am kickoff - Tue Dec 5 5:35 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Mon Dec 4 5:25 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Sat Dec 2 6:05 AM
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…
7am kickoff - Fri Dec 1 4:43 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Thu Nov 30 7:18 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Tue Nov 28 4:11 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Mon Nov 27 5:54 PM
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”…
7am kickoff - Fri Nov 24 6:25 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Wed Nov 22 6:09 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Mon Nov 20 4:57 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Sun Nov 19 5:52 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Fri Nov 17 7:39 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Wed Nov 15 7:09 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Tue Nov 14 5:09 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Mon Nov 13 5:06 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Sat Nov 11 4:38 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Wed Nov 8 5:32 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Tue Nov 7 6:54 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Mon Nov 6 4:07 PM
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, …
7am kickoff - Sun Nov 5 12:11 AM
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…
7am kickoff - Fri Nov 3 2:30 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Wed Nov 1 6:03 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Tue Oct 31 4:59 PM
“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…
7am kickoff - Mon Oct 30 4:33 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Thu Oct 26 3:46 PM
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…