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7am kickoff - Tue Jan 15 3:36 PM
Short post this morning, I have to walk the dog and go get some hamberders, so that I can leave them out on my half-a-million dollar silverware for a few hours before I eat them for lunch. I want them…
7am kickoff - Mon Jan 14 4:14 PM
“Before the coach arrived I was in the shadows, on the bench, and I accepted that. It is a pleasure to play again. Now I am always smiling.” – Paul Pogba after their miraculous 0-1 win over Tottenham Hotspurs at…
7am kickoff - Sun Jan 13 6:31 PM
Emery takes the nuclear option Remember the other day when I said that I would look at home and away form? And how last season it was just the away form that was truly worrying? Of course, I did that…
7am kickoff - Fri Jan 11 3:15 PM
Some metaphors today: A half-filled spiral notebook Shaking the can of propane to see what’s left in the tank Plastic laser blaster samurai Christmas lights in February Some observations about Arsenal. It’s exhausting. I don’t know how I do it.…
7am kickoff - Thu Jan 10 4:27 PM
Aaron Ramsey has signed for Juventus for £140k a week for 5 years a package worth £7.3m per year or £36m total. Or maybe it’s actually £280k a week, the 140 figure is net, and the total contract is £72m…
7am kickoff - Wed Jan 9 7:36 PM
When it comes to defensive stats, none of them mean anything. How many tackles your team makes doesn’t correlate with shots allowed. How many interceptions, how many fouls your teams make, and how many passes they block. All basically have…
7am kickoff - Mon Jan 7 3:19 PM
First, thanks for all the comments on Friday’s post. I’m sorry that I didn’t approve some until today. We use a weird WordPress filter here and certain words are automatically banned. If you see regulars using asterix in certain words…
7am kickoff - Fri Jan 4 3:32 PM
I’ve watched Man City v. Liverpool twice now and all I can take away are impressions. I’ve had a look at the stats, I’ve paused the key moments, rewinded them, played them over, and I’ve been intentional about watching certain…
7am kickoff - Thu Jan 3 3:13 PM
Sometimes we can get bogged down in results. When we lose 5-1, no matter how tempered we think we are, it hurts and people tend to be more negative. When we win 5-1 we often forget about our woes. When…
7am kickoff - Wed Jan 2 4:01 PM
I hope you all have had a chance to recharge and relax before hurtling headfirst into the new year. It has been a busy festive season for Arsenal culminating in a 4-1 win over Fulham in what has now become…
7am kickoff - Tue Jan 1 6:23 PM
Hippie new year, everyone. Let it be resolved: Eat more vegetables Use the word “gigantor” Say “grok” and “irregardless” in the same sentence GOWAD – Gallon of Water a Day GONAD – Gallon of Nutmilk a Day Gett swole Ferment…
7am kickoff - Mon Dec 31 11:34 PM
Well it looks like there is a lot to talk about today, even though I really don’t want to talk about any of it. I’d much rather just post a simple “lol what lineup do you think Emery will pick…
7am kickoff - Sun Dec 30 7:42 PM
Yesterday, Arsenal were ruthlessly exposed and while I’m not angry that we lost, I’m frustrated by the performance. Let’s get this out of the way: Liverpool dived twice to win two penalties. But the good news is that there was…
7am kickoff - Fri Dec 28 7:08 PM
After yesterday’s post about how Arsenal’s attack is the real problem at the club I went back through my personal database and looked at shots, big chances, and expected goals and as I suspected (yesterday’s post was mostly gut based)…
7am kickoff - Thu Dec 27 3:34 PM
Watching Arsenal struggle to create a single shot from the 7th minute on against Albion, it was clear that Arsenal have a creativity problem and that Emery’s “tactics” and changes after half-time exacerbated that problem rather than fixed it. Arsenal’s…
7am kickoff - Mon Dec 24 6:24 PM
Merry Christmas Eve for those of us who celebrate that sort of thing. Me, I’m donning the red and white cap and wrapping presents. Then I’ll probably spend the rest of the day watching Netflix. That’s what I did yesterday…
7am kickoff - Sun Dec 23 7:25 PM
I’m trying not to hate. I’ve been watching The Good Place and like the main character I’ve decided to be a better person. And one of the things I have to work on about myself is how much I just…
7am kickoff - Fri Dec 21 4:18 PM
One thing that ticks me off about losing to Spurs in the League Cup is that we really should be laughing at Man U right now. Just look at how ripe that situation is for jokes: They signed him to…
7am kickoff - Thu Dec 20 3:14 PM
The League Cup run is over for Arsenal. Wembley Wanderers beat us 2-0 on a night when all things considered the score could have easily been 2-2. They scored both of their clear-cut chances and Arsenal missed all of theirs.…
7am kickoff - Tue Dec 18 5:37 PM
Back at the turn of the century – a phrase I dearly love to write because it makes me sound old – folks in the good old US of A had to watch Premier League football on a single channel, …
7am kickoff - Mon Dec 17 4:43 PM
For years I played a game called Fallout. In case you’ve been stuck in a vault for the last decade I’ll just describe the game as a solo adventure through a post-apocalyptic alternate future where you try to survive against…
7am kickoff - Wed Dec 12 5:22 PM
I see that my post two days ago is still resonating. Feel free to continue to discuss racism for as long as you like. I do, however, ask that we try to stay on topics, points of contention, arguments of…
7am kickoff - Tue Dec 11 4:38 PM
Once upon a time…Arsene Wenger signed Petr Cech. The end. Football supporters love a good transfer story. It doesn’t matter whether the transfer story has a happy ending or sad, just so long as there is a dramatic exchange of…
7am kickoff - Mon Dec 10 3:07 PM
Have I witnessed racism in football? You bet. On a trip to Liverpool some of the supporters I was travelling with started singing about “gassing the Jews” until one of my traveling companions reminded them that what they were doing…
7am kickoff - Sun Dec 9 9:04 PM
Last Saturday, when Tottenham played Arsenal, Sours* committed 17 fouls. I didn’t think anything of it because it was a derby and Arsenal gave as well as they got, committing 15 fouls in return. But in retrospect, when I look…
7am kickoff - Fri Dec 7 9:08 PM
Today’s post is over on the Arsenal Review. Please go there! Qq
7am kickoff - Thu Dec 6 3:09 PM
One of the few programs that my father used to allow us to watch were what he called “Nature Shows”. On Saturdays and Sundays when it was too crummy to go outside, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and David Attenborough’s…
7am kickoff - Wed Dec 5 3:26 PM
There are three “big name” managers Unai Emery has never beaten: Pep Guardiola (W0-D4-L7), Diego Simeone (W0-D5-L7), and Jose Mourinho (W0-D1-L4). And if there was ever a time to get one over on the Least Charismatic Manager in the World…
7am kickoff - Tue Dec 4 4:37 PM
You know it’s true. When it comes to sports, people rarely argue about petty things as long as the team is winning. For example, when was the last time you thought about Stan Kroenke? My guess is that it was…
7am kickoff - Mon Dec 3 4:34 PM
True story* I was going to write a post on Saturday about how I didn’t feel anything going in to this North London Derby. I had just one fleeting moment of anxiety where I worried that Arsenal might lose this…