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7am kickoff - Fri Oct 20 3:52 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Thu Oct 19 3:37 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Wed Oct 18 5:13 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Tue Oct 17 5:21 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Mon Oct 16 5:25 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Sun Oct 15 3:53 PM
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.…
7am kickoff - Fri Oct 13 3:54 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Fri Oct 13 1:41 AM
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…
7am kickoff - Wed Oct 11 5:49 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Tue Oct 10 6:47 PM
(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…
7am kickoff - Mon Oct 9 5:19 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Fri Oct 6 7:32 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Thu Oct 5 3:21 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Wed Oct 4 2:47 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Tue Oct 3 4:03 PM
“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…
7am kickoff - Mon Oct 2 5:53 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Thu Sep 28 3:37 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Mon Sep 25 4:27 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Fri Sep 22 3:56 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Thu Sep 21 4:04 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Wed Sep 20 5:35 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Tue Sep 19 5:12 PM
(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…
7am kickoff - Sat Sep 16 10:44 PM
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…
7am kickoff - Fri Sep 15 6:15 PM
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 minut...
7am kickoff - Thu Sep 14 7:27 PM
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 weird. Arsenal have been in…
7am kickoff - Wed Sep 13 4:20 PM
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, whether we’re working, cooking, Tweeting, …
7am kickoff - Tue Sep 12 7:25 PM
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 their defensive...
7am kickoff - Fri Sep 8 5:09 PM
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 are...
7am kickoff - Wed Sep 6 8:31 PM
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 of telling the world and…
7am kickoff - Wed Sep 6 8:31 PM
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 like...