Arsenal Letters

Originally from Turkey, he survived Turkish stadiums in youth, has been living in the US since 1996. Hates all 3 Istanbul teams, but would support them against Spurs. Follows Arsenal religiously since Bergkamp joined them in 1995. Invents and cooks a new soup whenever Arsenal lose a game, has recently run out of vegetables to boil. Started an Arsenal blog ( to justify his wife the time he spends on the Gunners. Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from NYU, he is a balding academic in his early 40s. Accepts companions to watch Arsenal games together only by a written examination.

Twitter: @ArsenalLetters

Charybdis1966 — Man at the Match Correspondent

As a product of 1970’s Essex I was only ever going to be Arsenal or West Ham – luckily the playground bullies in my junior school were Gooners so given the “choice” it had to be Arsenal. First Arsenal memories are of the Alan Sunderland 1979 FA Cup final when my dislike of ManUre started, which was then turned into an abhorrence by the battle of Old Trafford in the 90-91 season (“You can stick your 2 points up your Arse!”) and it to this day burns brightly as a hatred of all things Red Manc.

Match day reporter for 7am where I hope to bring some of the atmosphere of the game and crowd to my reports – I will call the match as I see it at the time – but always from a Gooner’s point of view.

Hate reporting on losses but luckily that doesn’t happen often. UTA!

On Youtube and twitter as @charybdis1966.



Cliffy a.k.a Suvidude has been following Arsenal since ESPN bestowed India with their live coverage of Barclays Premier League. A habit that started as getting high on watching Iceman DB10 play every week grew into love and passion for the philosophy, the players, Arsene and stalking all over the net for “The Arsenal”.  Dreams of making it to London and watch Arsenal play some time this decade, having saved enough money from his Analytics consultant job.

Married to a Chelsea fan, having made her promise to cheer for Arsenal except for on the Derby day…Lives a contented life with her and Yippie the pug.

Young enough to play football every day except for Sundays and Mondays, Old enough to wonder if he should walk all the way to the ground.

Always wanted to be a caricaturist, creative midfielder, policeman, writer, movie maker, travel guide, mathematician, dancer among many others. You might not find him dancing here, but may be a cartoon or two.

Twitter: @cliffy_dude


Born on the wrong side of the Thames Grimbo had no family legacy of Football team to follow so originally was pretty ‘meh’ about the game as a young lad. In his teens a chance encounter with a previously thought extinct creature from the mid Cretaceous period* that had been radioactively reanimated by crazed scientists saw him cursed with a angry beast within resulting in his transformation into a loyal servant of the red and white. He escaped the isle of Great Britain with his sanity barely intact some ten years ago and settled in the gloomy climes of the San Francisco bay area.** He now wanders the land as a mild mannered publisher and some time writer of boring nerdy physics based stuff however, beware! When angered by a bad Ref’s decision, disloyal players, or the evils of FIFA he has a tendency to turn green, lose his shit and tear everything apart with his enormously sized vitriolic outbursts of 3000 words or more before hitchhiking into oblivion again to get his supper. Commonly found lurking around the home of the Bay Area Gooners in SF he was caught and somewhat tamed by Tim the Enchanter 3 years ago. He now attempts a weekly column of dubious quality (and frequency) here on 7amkickoff.

*Gunnersaurus Vexed; more commonly known as Gunnersaurus
** Actually Marin county – but you don’t know where that is DO YOU?

Twitter: @BayAreaGrimbo

Les Crang


Arsenal fan since 1980, in the forlorn hope that a team that had appeared in 4 finals in 3 years must be good. Then went 7 years supporting a team that couldn’t win Against the mighty Walsall, York, or Reading. Until dear George came back.

Had a mad fascination about why Terry Neill ever signed Peter Nicholas to sign as Liam Brady’s replacement.

Claim to fame? Quitting Rugby after losing 162-3 (a world record at the time) in Bath.

Finest Arsenal moment? Dennis Bergkamp’s goal against Newcastle.

Often told by his girlfriend ‘You and that Bloody Arsenal’ as a lament on his infatuation.


Who am I?

Owner, editor, and daily pundit for 7amkickoff. Started writing at on January 1, 2008 as a New Year’s resolution and have written about Arsenal and other topics nearly every day since. Published in So Paddy Got Up the Arsenal Anthology and bi-weekly contributor to Arseblog News with my By the Numbers column.

First fell in love with the Arsenal in 2001 when Wiltord won the League at Old Trafford. Have made the annual trip from my physical home in the Pacific Northwest to my spiritual home in London every year since 2006 when I saw Arsenal beat Charlton 3-0. On that day I saw three miracles: Arsenal play at Highbury; Pires, Henry and Bergkamp all play; and Alex Hleb score a goal.

Father to my wonderful little daughter, passionate Gooner, irascible online personality: in that order.

If you must, you may follow me on twitter @7amkickoff.


46 thoughts on “Authors

  1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Liam haynes

    Great site! I have been a Gooner all my life, I was a regular in the North bank untill a few years ago when I moved to Australia… I’m telling you this becouse the only thing i miss in England is the football chat!
    I’ve only just found your site and have been actively looking on it everyday since… keep up the good work!

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Marichar

      During half time on ESPN’s broadcast, Robbie Savage and some siralimly bottle blonde tango doris were trying to do what could be loosely described as analysis in front of the Leeds fans. The Leeds fans started singing get your tits out for the lads , but I don’t know which one of them that was aimed at. Apparently the two little plastic darlings got pelted with food as well. Fucking sweet. What dick at ESPN decided the best place to do a half time analysis would be in front of the Leeds fans, on a shaky table that a pound shop would think twice about selling? 11 0

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1Abayomi

    great info about yourself , I have been a reader of this site for some time now and will be glad if we can do a links exchange …you may check out my forum at

  3. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1SF_Gunner

    Well done Timothy! Your blog is well written, entertaining and insightful. Thanks for providing the blogosphere intelligent football commentary from an American perspective. I too am an Arsenal America member, and your content beats anything I’ve every read over there. Keep up the good work!

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1Goonerbeall

    Tim, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your article. What surprised was that sense of humour and the cheek with which you adressed Ramsey’s issue. Nice one old boy. You saved me from boredom when nothing good or remotely engaging is on.

    There is rebelion brewing among gooners on many websites many of whom thinks Arsene Wenger has lost the plot and should be sent to retirement home in Alsace where he can grow beards and walk his dog every morning intermittently chatting with people in French and German.

    Quite frankly, I think many are just twats who have nothing between their ears. OK, Fabregas and Toure are missing but what is the use of Djourou and Denilson supposed to be if they cant even slot in against some milkmen from a Dutch outfit in Enskedde? I expect nothing but a very very convincing win tonight.

    How many times does Wenger need to convince us that he is up to his job? He once said that his team should aim at going through a season undefeated and he was roundly ridiculed by by Alex Ferguson and his lapdogs which is the majority of pundits in UK. The year after, his Arsenal did just that and Fergie countered by saying “but they drew too many games”- never mind that the EPL was won.

    At some point, I expect Arsenal to win EPL with a bunch kiddies and just hope it happnes sooner than later because the roller coaster of emotions during the season does nothing for my blood pressure. Some games are so up and down that I can use a spliff but that rubbish reduced me once to a nincompoop when I tried it and decided that never again.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Satyam

      I would disagree on Arshavin He was cshniag almost every ball near him and he put in a consistent shift from 1 to 90th min. Not to use this as an excuse, but he did get battered a lot. Compared to the lazy performances hes been putting out, today he had many shots and was very close to scoring/assisting.Just give him time, he has too much magic and moments of inspiration to give up on before the season even ends. And I think hes almost there, maybe all he needs is the final push from the fans, or a stroke of luck to score and gain confidence. 63 1

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1imothyt

    I am 100% behind Arsene Wenger. He could have 10 seasons below Spuds and I would still support him. He’s doing what he thinks is best, long term, for the good of the club. Not the team, not the pundits, not himself, not England, nor France, nor FIFA and UEFA, for the club: for Arsenal. That’s not something you get very often in any professional sports setting and when you find it, you hang on to it.

    Of course, it’s all pointless, we’ll never finish below Spuds with Wenger at the helm. And if we did? He’d probably call it quits.

    Thanks for the encouragement and you keep up the good work too. Gooners stick together!

  6. Vote -1 Vote +1John

    Hi Tim,

    You’re pretty funny. I never thought I’d enjoy reading an Americans perspective on Arsenal but I do. Whatdyaknow. I read your ‘where to watch arsenal’ post with a wry smile as I am an ex-pat Arsenal fan/blogger. – I’ve added you to my blogroll; if you like the site a link back would be awesome :) Keep it up

  7. Vote -1 Vote +1Ell

    Really nice blog you have here mate and I can only echo what John said, I normally can’t stand American views on ‘soccer’ but from reading your blog for the last few weeks, your knowledge seems pretty good and I’m enjoying reading your views.

    I’ve added you to my affiliates list, if you’d do the same it’d be much appreciated.

    Regards, Ell.

  8. Vote -1 Vote +1Zain Shahid

    Hey mate,
    Really nice blog you have here. Your writing skills are very impressive and as others have mentioned, its not boring to read your posts.
    I own Arsene Knows Best. Its been just over a month so I I know I am not among the best out there. That is why I wanted you to drop by my blog and have a look and then give me some advice on how can I improve my style, content etc. I would be really grateful. You can tell me your opinion and suggestions in the contact page of my blog or you can mail it to me at an id I have provided in the contact page. Thanks. And keep up the good work!

    1. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Vrushali

      As a Spurs fan, I’m interested to know wehther Arsenal fans think the statues are a good likeness. My initial reaction is that the Henry one doesn’t look that much like him, the Chapman one is just a bit too chubby (could be wrong on that one, but I don’t remember him being that fat) and the Adams one having a neck like a steroids filled weightlifter.I’m not here to start an argument, just expressing my own opinion and wondering if everyone likes them (which so far, after reading the comments on here, it sounds like you do?)And apologies but I have to end with a cheeky COYS! 2 4

  9. Vote -1 Vote +1cyberian

    Tim: Why are the comments disappearing on the older posts? I understand blocking new comments, but not the ability to read them.

  10. Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Cameron

    Hey Tim…
    Short story is I’m a professional journalist who has covered sports for more than three decades at the highest level. Born and raised in San Francisco — once attended a party at which Janis Joplin passed out — but I’ve worked all over the country.
    Hosted a huge sports venue industry conference in 2001, wound up on the North Bank roof at Highbury and fell in love. Remember the scene in “Fever Pitch” when the young boy goes to Arsenal first time with his dad and his eyes light up? I know that EXACT feeling.
    I’ve since lived in Scotland for four years, met some hilarious mates in the Arsenal Scotland Supporters Club, taken train and bus trips to games everywhere — and, with due respect to Lou Gehrig — I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
    Just how, even though I’m stuck back in Kansas City for awhile, could that possibly be?
    Well, I’ve been to the moutaintop (not the unbeaten season, but clinching the title at Old Trafford in ’02 on Sylvain Wiltord’s rebound of Freddie’s bullet that handcuffed Barthez) and I’m a proud Gooner who is a member of the Arsenal Scotland Supporters Club. I AM part of the family.
    What could be better?
    There is a 14-year-old sports junkie in our house who watched the NBA finals as though they really mattered. I sat far away, ignoring the screen, wondering until I had a headache about Yann M’Vila’s “personal issues.”
    Oh, to be a Gooner!

    Steve Cameron

    Contact me anytime at:

  11. Vote -1 Vote +1HersheyPaGooner

    I found your site through Arseblog, And though my path is much shorter my story is strikingly similar. Born in PA growing up playing all four sports and being disillusioned. I worked as a Pharma Rep and was vaguely familiar with the EPL and had some in depth conversations with a physician who was an Arsenal fan through and through. But it was still not in my direct radar, then I got Fox Soccer Channel. And I started watching. Wigan vs Blackburn, and Fulham vs Everton and was amazed at the beauty of the game. I try to explain to non believers that the EPL is to MLS what the NFL is to the Patriot League in College Football. It’s sort of the same sport but really completely different. Then I started watching Arsenal and the beauty was ten fold. So I thought to myself. I need a horse in this race. I enjoy watching whomever every Saturday 7am but I wanted someone to root for and I remembered my conversations with Dr. Melnick and Picked Arsenal. But then I also read Fever Pitch and Paddy Got Up and everything else I could get my hands on to catch up on all the history I missed. To immerse myself in all things Arsenal. My family and friends think I am crazy and its a phase that will pass. But it isn’t. I enjoy and am frustrated by the ethics of the team. Professor Wenger and his experiment of building the most beautiful team responsible management can buy. I enjoy your thoughts and I am a brother.
    Thanks and keep it coming.


  12. Vote -1 Vote +1Alex

    I’m a native Texan and huge gooner. I feel like I followed the same path to discovering Arsenal.

    Coincidentally, I was at that same Burnley match. I watched the Porto match just a couple nights later at a pub in Kensington. Small world. Can’t wait to go back one day and see some more matches!

  13. Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Penney

    Alright Guv

    I have just returned from a 3 week trip in the states where I got talking to this beautiful girl with a fantastic pair of footballs working behind the bar on the Silverton to Durango locomotive. Long tall short of it, she noticed my Arsenal tee shirt and said I should check out your site which I have and have added to my favourites, great site! I’ve been a season ticket holder since 87 and been going to see the Gooners since 79. If you get the chance to pop across the pond again I’ll buy you a beer or two. Loooking forward to the start of the new season, three good signings, hopefully another one on the way, as for RVP, if he stays great, if he goes, good luck to him. Up the Gunners!

  14. Vote -1 Vote +1Mooosiefate

    Ha! I live in Sonoma county but YOU DO KNOW where that is don’t you! You got to tell me the name of the pub in the city y’all go to so I can come watch a game! I am alone up here in my love of The Arsenal and would love to join in the party and watch a game with some Nor Cal Gooners! Email me or you can follow me on Twiter I follow you! (Everywhere like stalker kind) @mooosiefate

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  16. Vote -1 Vote +1Graham

    Well, hailing from South London I was originally a Palace supporter but when bad went to worse I jumped ship. After Ian Wright went to Arsenal I’d always had a closet admiration of our big league, North London cousins anyways… along with a fondness for Wengers style of play and the French signings that came en masse to the club shortly after he took over (my family roots are French). Anyhoo.. since 2003 I find myself living and working in Indonesia where so far I have only established two Gooner buddies to watch the games, and have banter with. Just found your site today, but will definitely be keeping a close eye on it from now on. Nicely done.

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  19. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1david waitiki

    my my my…
    just like everybody is testifying of the great love for arsenal my is not different.
    grew up as a ranger fc(scottish league)
    at first i liked arsenal jersey and the cannon on the badge then the team sponsors on the jersey (dreamcast then jvc/sega then O2(my best ever jersey),fly emirates)…
    then came the mosted talented players we have ever had assembled in our own heaven(higbury).seaman(1),a.cole(3),sol campel,lauren,viera(4)gilberto(19),pires(7),henry(14),berkamp(10),Martin Keown,Freddie Ljungberg,Kanu,Gio van Bronckhorst,edu,wiltord,ray palour,lehnmann…..

    and recently my son appeared on arsenal magazine on the juniour gunners march issue

  20. Vote -1 Vote +1redkritik

    Great articles as always. I am surprised i was a gooner way before you Tim…long before the famous “Wiltooooooord!” and before a Nwankwo Kanu leapfrogging Wiltord’s raised fist… The Ian Wright era. I am a Kenyan based in enthused about Arsenal and the EPL. U do not3 have a writer on this corner of the globe…soooo this is an informal application

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  22. Vote -1 Vote +1Patricia Liébanas


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  23. Vote -1 Vote +1Daniel Collins

    Hello 7am Kickoff!

    We are looking for knowledgable and engaging football fans to be paid to participate in a new show being planned for the end of this current
    Premier League season and we would like to consider a representative(s) from your site!
    It will be celebrity-based and they will be debating the main topics with you in person at our studio or via Skype/telephone. Your
    involvement will be approximately 5 minutes. If you would rather not appear in person we are also looking for fans to provide written content on games for the website which you will also be paid for.
    Please get back to me ASAP for further info!
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  24. Vote -1 Vote +1adam


    Do any of your data sets make it possible to count the number of first team players on arsenal at other clubs who have missed less than 5 games due to injury and other permutations on what i would describe as the treatment room handicap? I don’t think Arsenal have more than 5 guys that meet the above, including the club’s keepers.


  25. Vote -1 Vote +1Leigh Corbit

    I am currently working on a “Where Are They Now” website concentrating on former stars of The Premier League with pages on every team that has appeared since it’s inception in 1992.

    The Arsenal FC page is

    I was wondering if it would be possible to do a link exchange with yourselves or possibly be added as a linked site.

    Please let me know if this would be of interest.

    Many Thanks

  26. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Greg

    Hi 7am kickoff

    I am currently developing a website called The AshBurton Grover dedicated to my three favorite things: ash, Richard Burton and one of the characters off Sesame Street.

    It turns out there is a football club called Arsenal who play at a venue with a similar name. As you are connected to this sports club please could you ask them to move or rename their sporting venue, as I have already invested nearly ten dollars in the domain name, and I am getting a lot of traffic from people who do not share my passion for carbon by-products, puppets or dead Welsh actors.

    In return I will consider adding your blog to the list on my site.

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  28. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1SBO

    Hi guys

    Loving the site and love the no BS rational approach to your posts. Please let me know if you or any of your team is available for freelance or contract writing – I’d love to work with like minded people who share the same logical approach to journalism.



  29. Vote -1 Vote +1Kroekphon

    Wrighty,I worry about the world of the ‘Arsenal’ Blog. To me the over populated, nesnoww attention seeking, over stated, over zealous attacks on players, the manager and the club serve to weaken the fanbase and have created an atmosphere that serves their own desire for hits.The need to have a ‘voice’ seems to have superseded any desire to offer insight into the game or the experience of being a fan.I used to write for a well known blog myself and lost interest as dealing with the repetition of argument tedious and frankly embarrassing.Le Grove (A blog I’m slowly warming too) published a blog recently saying they got more hits when the team performed badly. I fear this is what every blog has realised and continue to write with this in mind.You are to be commended for actually trying to prevent reasoned argument. ANR who prides itself on such is now a laughable parody of itself leaving you as the last post for the ‘normal’ fan.Thanks for your hard work. CJ(Not a member of any brigade, just a fan)

  30. Vote -1 Vote +1Daniel

    -”My concern is that the 1st Leg of the Champions League Qualifier is the 16/17th August, that is 6 weeks away. We face the real positblsiy of going into that without Fabregas & Nasri.”I assume Nasri will be suspended anyway for that game, following his altercation with the officials in the Nou Camp last season. Also, I assume that Robin Van Persie will miss it, due to his red card in that match. Does anybody know more?


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