Arsene Wenger’s departure this month brought about the end of an era at Arsenal, the Frenchman saying goodbye after 22 years.
And there’s something similar happening here at Arseblog News as we say goodbye to a columnist who has been with us almost since the off.
Since the site began, more or less, Tim @7amkickoff has been doing his ‘By the numbers’ piece for us here on the site, but for various reasons he’s calling it quits and, like Arsene, I believe he’s heading off on a sunshine holiday with David Dein to drink fine wine and slide into the sea off the side of an expensive boat.
Either that or he’s going to spend more time making delicious baked goods which make me hungry when they’re on his Instagram.
So, in traditional style, here are some of the 7amkickoff numbers during his Arseblog News tenure.
378 – Posts on Arseblog News
314 – Comments and replies to readers underneath those posts
100% – Credit given to his sources at all times
76 – Times he explained that stats don’t tell you the full story
0 – Amount of times he claimed that stats tell you the full story
∞ – Amount of times he explained xG in the comment section
1 – Puppy procured in the Arseblog News era
378 – Times his posts added to the analysis and understanding of a game
3 – FA Cups won, making him the most successful stats blogger in the history of Arseblog
1 – Absolute commitment to providing these posts to readers despite juggling real life, work, and time zones that would make a bishop weep
1 – Reason why he does these By the numbers bits and not me because I can’t think of many more, apart from this last very important one:
1 – Sincere thank you from all the Arseblog News team for the work down the years. It’s been a pleasure working with you, Tim.
I’m sure our readers will agree that even if stats aren’t necessarily their thing, you’ve helped provide them with real insight and presented the info in a clear and entertaining way.
Please don’t forget that Tim has an excellent blog – 7amkickoff – which you should add to your reading list.
We’ll be announcing our Unai Emery in the near future.