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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…
7am kickoff - Wed Oct 25 5:40 PM
We’ve waited so long, waited so long We’ve waited so long, waited so long He scored… two goals in the Carabao His first touch, went in somehow He scored, two goals in the Carabao He scored, two goals in the…
7am kickoff - Mon Oct 23 5:08 PM
Models are just models, they aren’t real life. Sometimes a model can predict a 1-1 draw and then real life can throw up a 5-2 win. Meh, it happens. I’m not even going to alter the model, yet. My predictron…
7am kickoff - Sun Oct 22 5:32 PM
9.2 – Ozil: record 8 key passes, 6 in the first half, well up for this match – Man of the Match 8.9 – Alexis: 6/6 dribbles, looked like the Alexis of old 8.1 – Monreal: 2 goals this season, …
7am kickoff - Sat Oct 21 7:56 PM
Arsenal have a real problem with their away stats. My model uses top five players and ranks them based on their score home or away. Arsenal’s top five away performers this season are Koscielny, Ramsey, Mustafi, Cech, and Xhaka. Since…
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…