• FT

    Arsenal

    0

    Sunderland

    0

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    Fulham

    5

    Norwich

    0

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    QPR

    0

    Swansea

    5

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    Reading

    1

    Stoke

    1

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    West Brom

    3

    Liverpool

    0

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    West Ham

    1

    Aston Villa

    0

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    Newcastle

    2

    Tottenham

    1

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Emirates Stadium, England

Attendance: 60078

* Local time based on your geographic location.

0 - 0

FT

Watch Live on: ESPN, ESPN3.com
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    [Comment from Michael]
    GO UGANDA

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    [Comment from Fox in The Box]
    thanks for your time really fun

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    James Tyler: Happy Prem! Happy Football! Cheers, Rog!

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    [Comment from Catz]
    thanks, James and Roger. looking forward to the season.

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    James Tyler: Now, to little league baseball. And Newcastle-Spurs kicking off in 30 minutes!

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    Roger Bennett: Great weekend everyone

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    Roger Bennett: Rock on JT.

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    James Tyler: Many thanks for your chat, questions, wit, hilarity, anger and comments! This would be a tough slog without you all.

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    James Tyler: Find us on Twitter:
    @JamesTylerESPN
    @rogbennett

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    James Tyler: Thank you so much for joining us this morning! Stick with ESPNFC.com all season long for all your soccer needs. We'll have plenty of chats this term to keep these weekend mornings fun.

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    Roger Bennett: and onto the main event THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

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    Roger Bennett: JT. you are on to me. No gloating about Liverpool. Until Tuesday.

  •  

    [Comment from Salvatore]
    I just remembered I started Ruddy on my Fantasy team today :'(

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    That late Reading PK cost me 5 points in my MIB fantasy league, damn it all!

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    [Comment from BH]
    Next weekend: Starting for ___________, Deuce.

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    James Tyler: Rog, we both know better than to make sweeping statements after just 90 minutes. That said, I'll save plenty of doom and gloom for Everton's home opener. Heh.

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    Roger Bennett: Lee Cattermole speaks English!!! I always imagined him communicating through points and grunts

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    Roger Bennett: Harsh JT. This Arsenal side have some interesting pieces. If they can lock it together, they can avoid the relegation scrap that all the tabloids will be plunging Liverpool into after one bad game

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    James Tyler: FT: West Ham 1, Aston Villa 0
    FT: QPR 0, Swansea 5

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    James Tyler: So we'll be closing this chat down shortly as I have post game business to tend to. But thank you for joining us on weekend one of the Prem! It's back and as wild/brilliant/magnificent/frustrating as ever.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Maiga should have scored. Upton Park suddenly excited. And there's the final whistle.

  •  

    [Comment from Z in London]
    Glad I put down a tenner on the 5-0 final scores at Fulham and at QPR, now I can retire a wealthy man.

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    [Comment from Nicklas Bendtner]
    Guess Arsenal needs me after all. I only have three demands that must be met...

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    James Tyler: You know it's bad when Twitter erupts with "At least we're not Liverpool" jokes from Arsenal fans. Because a 0-0 at home to Sunderland is so much better. I mean, empirically, it's a point, but spirtually? Oof.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Thanks to Norwich and QPR for keeping #LFC off the bottom of the table. Cheers! Flowers are en route!

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    [Comment from InfostradaLive via Twitter]
    Liverpool lose 3-0 to WBA and suffer their heaviest opening day defeat in the top flight since 1937 – 6-1 at Chelsea. #LFC

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    Roger Bennett: If you remember last season, Sir Ian Darke began with a string of 0-0 draws. He takes time to get into his stride

  •  

    [Comment from Chicago Gunner]
    JT, how do you think _I_ feel? Cubs and Arsenal over here too.

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    James Tyler: Other FT scores:
    Fulham 5, Norwich 0
    West Brom 3, Liverpool 0

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    [Comment from Timalloy]
    michael owen for arsenal?

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    James Tyler: FULL TIME: Arsenal 0, Sunderland 0. The wettest of blankets. But still a very lovely, stylish blanket.

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    [Comment from Piers Morgan]
    Arsenal!

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    James Tyler: Arshavin's corner is punched by Mignolet...

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    [Comment from dan]
    21 shots and only 3 on goal, its just sad

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    James Tyler: TEN SECONDS LEFT.

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    James Tyler: Arshavin finds Gervinho inside the box but the Ivorian shows too much of the ball to Kieran Richardson and it's cleared. Less than a minute remaining. Chipped cross from the right is nodded behind for a corner.

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    Roger Bennett: Sunderland would be well advised to keep the ball at Gervinio's feet if they want to keep a point

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    James Tyler: I'm a Cubs fan too, Michael. Our pain is allied.

  •  

    [Comment from Joe]
    Arsenal should sign me up, I could deliver crosses about 3 times as accurate as the ones they are firing in... and that is saying something.

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    [Comment from Michael]
    Reading all these comments about Arsenal and Liverpool make me feel better about being a Cubs fan.

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    Roger Bennett: Arsenal fans. Liverpool fans. Marathon not a sprint etc etc. Martin O'Neill sides are hard to break down. Arsenal are still too "bits and pieces" to work out how

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Busy filling out my "It's Only Week One But We Are Making Big Statements About the Prem" bingo card.

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    James Tyler: And the Arsenal corner doesn't clear the first defender. Crowd irritated.

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    James Tyler: But Nick, it is the Gunners' default! Same for Liverpool fans.

  •  

    [Comment from Nick]
    I know it's only one game but as an Arsenal fan, i'm completely fustrated right now.

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    [Comment from USA-Red]
    Baptism by fire for Rodgers

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    James Tyler: Late corner for Arsenal... Mertesacker lumbers up to the attacking end.

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    James Tyler: TERRIBLE NEWS: Ipswich have equalized at home to Blackburn Rovers.

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    [Comment from RVP]
    Even I couldn't score from the terrible crosses from Jenkinson.

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    James Tyler: GOAL: Reading 1 (Adam Le Fondre PK), Stoke 1

  •  

    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Arsenal crying out for a Michael Orozco Fiscal

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    James Tyler: Frustration... blocked shots and an overhit cross for Arsenal. Injury time ebbing away. Four minutes left.

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    [Comment from OptaJoe via Twitter]
    5 - This is the first time that two or more top-flight teams have scored 5+ goals in the opening fixtures since August 1958. Deluge.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Late penalty to Reading, can tie it up against Stoke.

  •  

    [Comment from Catz]
    Swansea, Fulham set for La Liga-type domination. New order.

  •  

    [Comment from Bennet Fan]
    So glad to see Roger Bennett on these live blogs--funniest man in football. Come Tuesday morning---the tenor of the Premier League will be set and we may be on pace for a season as exciting as last.

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    [Comment from Autoglass]
    I can't believe that Sunderland haven't scored! Dropping points at Arsenal. Wow. It's going to be a crazy year.

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    James Tyler: Less than a minute of normal time remaining at the Emirates.

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    James Tyler: Gibbs woofs a cross in from the left flank but the Mackems handle it with little trouble. Hoofed downfield for El Mohamedy to chase. He earns a throw-in deep in Gunners territory. Neat work.

  •  

    [Comment from Joe]
    Let's all remember, Bolton won 4-0 on opening day last year

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    James Tyler: I'll give that comment the "It's Only Week One" seal of approval, Fox.

  •  

    [Comment from Fox in The Box]
    West Brom is going to be strong this year. Nice competitive side with solid depth.

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    [Comment from Timalloy]
    i swear to god, fulham is scoring half their years goal tally right now

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    James Tyler: Arshavin gives the ball away to Louis Saha and fouls the striker. Nice work, Andrei.

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    James Tyler: Arsenal fumbling like a junior prom attendee.

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    James Tyler: Dream stuff for Swansea, Fulham and West Brom today.

  •  

    [Comment from C.J.]
    What a debut for Laudrup.

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    James Tyler: GOAL: Fulham 5 (Sidwell PK), Norwich 0

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    [Comment from Jake]
    In all seriousness, the goal differential for WBA, Norwich, QPR and Swansea from these matches could be huge at the end of th eyear.

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    [Comment from Fox in The Box]
    What a debut for Steve Clarke

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    Roger Bennett: Well said Ross... it is a long, long season.

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    James Tyler: Corner is just over El Mohamedy's head at the near post.

  •  

    [Comment from Ross]
    People getting a little carried away with the LFC game? 10 vs 11 you expect a decent side like WBA to dominate. Especially when Joe Cole comes into the game for 5 minutes and then has to be subbed off.

  •  

    [Comment from BH]
    Spake the Roadshow: One Emirates Stadium. Little wear and gently used, yet showing serious flaws not found at the Etihad.

  •  

    James Tyler: Meyler is crunched in the left corner, winning a set piece for Sunderland. Shock goal in the making?

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    James Tyler: Always the way, Garret. Reina is stoic and steadfast in the face of massive, unforgivable failure.

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    [Comment from Garret]
    Poor Pepe Reina. He's the only Liverpool player doing any damage control right now.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    On the bridge side, West Brom and Swansea are surely using up all their crucial goals in the first weekend. Pace your glory, lads.

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    [Comment from Shahdil]
    QPR shipping 5 goals on the opening day for the second consecutive season

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    RT @_DanMason: @JohnBrewinESPN It's all part of the dance.

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    James Tyler: Seven minutes remaining at the Emirates. The crowd only slightly more lively than you'd find at Antiques Roadshow.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Wonder what Piers Morgan has to say about that miss.

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    James Tyler: GOAL: QPR 0, Swansea 5 (Sinclair)

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @_DanMason I am not sure if this match here could ever be set to dance though 'Stomp' comes to mind. Your season ticket is best left.

  •  

    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Oh Giroud! Awful miss by the debutant gives Arsene Wenger something to think about other than *those* photos of RvP with his new Dad

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    #GiroudJoke #BendtnerJoke

  •  

    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    "He's big, he's strong, he's better than Shane Long! Lu-ka-ku! Lu-ka-ku!"

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    [Comment from C.J.]
    Forget everything positive I just said about Giroud. Terrible miss.

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    James Tyler: Had just Mignolet to beat and a whole half a goal to aim at. Dearie me.

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    James Tyler: HOW DID HE MISS THAT? Cazorla slips Giroud in free on goal, but the Frenchman curls it wide from 10 yards out!

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    West Brom up 3-0 on Liverpool. Baggies had a total of two goals in previous six PL openers.

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    James Tyler: Don't believe so.

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    [Comment from Salvatore]
    Has Mignolet made a real save this half?

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    Roger Bennett: Bethy. No. Not dead. He is a remarkable bloke. I wonder what is going on in his head right now though

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Hangover at the Hawthorns.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Brendan, Brendan, Brendan....

  •  

    [Comment from Bethy]
    Rog, if Dempsey goes to Liverpool, will he be dead to you?

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    James Tyler: Over the bar from 30 yards by Aaron Ramsey.

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    James Tyler: 10 minutes remaining at the Emirates. Will the Gunners force a breakthrough?

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    James Tyler: Don't be silly, James. He should only pack if he's planning a lovely holiday.

  •  

    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Lukaka adds a third. Bobby Valentine's step adds a skip as he whistles on his way to work

  •  

    [Comment from James]
    The Emirates is quieter than a graveyard right now. Should Wenger get ready to pack his bags?

  •  

    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Was about to disagree, JT. But then I realized thought Arsenal has been attacking, it usually ends with a blocked shot or terrible pass.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR SUNDERLAND: Larsson off, Meyler on.

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    James Tyler: Sunderland really hasn't tested OR been tested in this second half.

  •  

    [Comment from Evan]
    When Chelsea loaned out Lukaku, I said, as a Chelsea fan, "we are going to regret this"

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Which is more comical: WBA hanging 3 on Liverpool or Andrei Arshavin still playing for Arsenal. Wait, don't answer.

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    James Tyler: GOAL: West Brom 3 (Lukaku), Liverpool 0.
    SUB FOR ARSENAL: Walcott off, Arshavin on.

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    [Comment from Catz]
    Lukaku! He scores when he wants

  •  

    [Comment from Nick]
    I can just hear the football phone-ins about Arsenal's toothless attack and Liverpool's dire start now.

  •  

    James Tyler: Giroud spinning and swirling in the box but can't find Gervinho at the far post. Moments later, the French striker volleys wide following a fine cross from the right.

  •  

    [Comment from Bob]
    Meanwhile, Villa are as unwatchable as ever.

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    James Tyler: Quite the opening morning to the Prem. Arsenal labor, Liverpool slumber, Canaries dead in a coal mine.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Cole-at emptor. Five minutes and an injury. The most well-paid rehabber in the Prem.

  •  

    [Comment from Atlanta Red]
    Now Joe Cole is hurt great.

  •  

    [Comment from Reasonable Doubt]
    Romelu Lukaku on for West Brom? Now the fun starts.

  •  

    [Comment from Fox in The Box]
    When Joe Cole is one of your top subs, you're in trouble

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    James Tyler: GOAL: QPR 0, Swansea 4 (Dyer again)

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    Roger Bennett: Bobby Valentine whistling cheerfully around his office. Skip in his stride

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    James Tyler: Trouble brewing (or booing) at the Emirates as Sunderland waste five minutes without ref intervention.

  •  

    James Tyler: Now now, USA-Red. We must trust the referees. Right? Or respect them. That too.

  •  

    [Comment from USA-Red]
    I swear Steve Clarke had to buy this ref... West Brom brings Kelly down in the box and nothing given

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    James Tyler: I think two of those three will be in or around the zone by season's end, RD. (DON'T SAY LIVERPOOL)

  •  

    [Comment from Bethy]
    With Liverpool & the RedSox, I'm starting to think you can watch one to predict the fortunes of the other.

  •  

    [Comment from Reasonable Doubt]
    Norwich, QPR, and Liverpool all in the relegation zone.

  •  

    [Comment from will]
    This is Liverpool's payback for those disgusting new kits

  •  

    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    The only Liverpool fan still smiling? Clint Dempsey. Reds' opening day performance will have added couple of million to his transfer fee

  •  

    James Tyler: Lucas Leiva is withdrawn for LFC. Tough afternoon.

  •  

    [Comment from ESPNPressPass via Twitter]
    Later this week Gab Marcotti and Andrew Orsatti will count down to the kickoff of Serie A.

  •  

    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Nathan Dyer scores and Monsterpiece Theatre (my MIB fantasy team) is off and running! I want that blazer, Rog.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Alright, Swansea. We actually wanted Laudrup.

  •  

    [Comment from kenny dalglish]
    Boys, I well return me ol'Pool from relegation n 2 years time after this years horrible efort

  •  

    James Tyler: Nathan Dyer with Swansea's third.

  •  

    [Comment from Christian]
    I mean, compared to the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool seems like a rock of stability

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL: Fulham 4 (Kacanklic), Norwich 0

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    James Tyler: GOAL: QPR 0, Swansea 3

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    Given how our other French league forwards (Gervinho, Chamakh) have done, I have low expectations for Giroud

  •  

    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Second penalty was super weak... Skrtel didn't even know what was happening as a striker ghosted from behind him to knick the ball and then get tripped.

  •  

    James Tyler: Another blocked shot for the Gunners.

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    James Tyler: Oh good, Joe Cole is warming up and receiving instruction. Just going to plug the toaster in above the bathtub. Be right back.

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    James Tyler: Losing to WBA is typical Liverpool. My bigger concern is how the team rebounds next week.

  •  

    [Comment from Luke]
    Haha, Arsenal are reading you two, Roger and James. Keep talking about how boring the game is, and Arsenal will keep pushing on the attack.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Stay calm JT. It is against West Brom. A big team.

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR ARSENAL: Podolski off, Giroud on. Muted effort by Poldi today. Wenger keeping the same formation but with a more forceful front man.

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    James Tyler: GOAL: West Brom 2 (Odemwingie PK), Liverpool 0.

  •  

    [Comment from Autoglass]
    Fulham score a third. Didn't this happen to Norwich three years ago in League One to open the season? Wasn't it Paul Lambert's Colchester that destroyed them. Does this mean that Norwich will now poach Martin Jol?

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Walcott fires into the side netting.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Most menacing moment in this broadcast was when Ian Darke posed with the cannon pre-game

  •  

    James Tyler: Someone tell us what's happening at the Hawthorns... a second penalty awarded by Phil Dowd for an even gentler foul than the last.

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    James Tyler: The Gunners are making me sleepy. No penetrative play around the penalty area.

  •  

    [Comment from ESPNPressPass via Twitter]
    It is a good thing Stevie Nicol is not on Twitter! He will have plenty to say about Liverpool's performance on tomorrow's show.

  •  

    James Tyler: Far worse, Shahdil.

  •  

    [Comment from Shahdil]
    Was Long's penalty kick as good as Sturridge's?

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Ron Vlaar's headband is a throwback to Steve Foster of Brighton and Luton fame.

  •  

    [Comment from canyonhawk]
    69% possession, no goals. Another Arsenal season begins.

  •  

    James Tyler: Gervinho has a shot blocked and the follow-up blast by Cazorla is wide.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Goal coming here at Emirates.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @runofplay: If Reina hadn't stopped that penalty I don't think it would have crossed the goal line under its own power.

  •  

    James Tyler: Long's daisy-cutting penalty is easy work for Reina! Still 1-0 WBA there.

  •  

    [Comment from john marston]
    poor penalty attempt from long. 1-0 still

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Agger had a light hand to Long's back inside the box. That's what the call was for.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: should never have got rid of Kenny right, JT?

  •  

    James Tyler: Carragher is on for Downing. That's even worse.

  •  

    James Tyler: My Twitter timeline is afire with unprintables from Liverpool fans.

  •  

    [Comment from Steve]
    Liverpool: the more things change, the more they stay the same.

  •  

    James Tyler: Waiting to see the replay... looks like the Dane was hard done to there... tripped Long on the edge of the box.

  •  

    James Tyler: Uh oh. Panic in Anfieldtown.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    Penalty for West Brom! Red for Agger!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: That is a bit harsh Shahdil

  •  

    James Tyler: Dan, I'd pull Poldi, honestly. Not a great game for his confidence.

  •  

    [Comment from Shahdil]
    Gervinho has been Arsenal's best player of the pitch today.

  •  

    [Comment from dan]
    this game is crying for giroud to open up some space for the midfielders. who goes? walcott or gervinho?

  •  

    James Tyler: Arsenal lightly pawing the Sunderland defense at the moment. Lacking the killer edge that some pundits might feel could have been provided by van Persie. I would never dare say such a thing.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Oh Gervinhio. He is like a flair player, but without the flair

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL: Fulham 3 (Petric again), Norwich 0.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Has Podolski managed to actually turn and face goal while in possession?

  •  

    James Tyler: After 54 minutes of the 38-game slot, absolutely.

  •  

    [Comment from Henri]
    Michu - Best pick up of the Off-season?

  •  

    James Tyler: So much for the Swans' malaise now that Rodgers is with Liverpool.

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL: QPR 0, Swansea 2 (Michu with his second)

  •  

    James Tyler: Nick, you are CRAZY. (Or perhaps not. Definitely more to it than meets the eye at present.)

  •  

    [Comment from Nick]
    So call me crazy James, but I have a feeling that this could lead to a reopening of talks between the big clubs of the old European Super League debate. All FFP will do is prevent another Man City from springing up and challenging the established teams.

  •  

    [Comment from Luke]
    Would Arsenal be better suited drawing or losing today? It would heap pressure on Wenger and the owners like nobody's business to stop selling players or to buy top class replacements for those players. Kind of a "lose the battle to win the war" setting

  •  

    James Tyler: More fine buildup play by Cazorla and Arteta is squandered when Kieran Gibbs can't beat the first man on his left-flank cross. A frustrated partisan crowd groans in unison.

  •  

    [Comment from ESPNPressPass via Twitter]
    Gab Marcotti, Steve Nicol and Robbie Mustoe join Andrew Orsatti....

  •  

    James Tyler: I'm sure Pulis will take his time easing Cameron into the matchday squad. That and he's probably still exhausted from his heroics at the Azteca.

  •  

    [Comment from Christian]
    Is Geoff Cameron not in Stoke's reserves because of the midweek FIFA date? Or does he have an uphill climb to even break the bench?

  •  

    [Comment from Atlanta Red]
    Stewart Downig has a shot.... and he missed, whats new?

  •  

    James Tyler: Well that's the point of contention, Nick. If UEFA is truly serious, it will have to hurt itself (aka weaken the Champions League) in order to execute its own guidelines. UEFA hates losing money, which would invariably happen if the CL became for second-tier/responsible teams.

  •  

    [Comment from ESPNPressPass via Twitter]
    Sunday night's show is a 1-hour wrap up of the opening weekends in the Premier League and La Liga. Some PSG talk may creep in as well.

  •  

    [Comment from Nick]
    UEFA don't have the stones to tell a club like Real Madrid or Barcelona you can't play in the Champions League.

  •  

    James Tyler: Suarez fires wide for LFC from a free-kick.

  •  

    James Tyler: All eyes on Santi Cazorla to simply magic something up for the Gunners. Gibbs' cross is well controlled by Podolski though Vermaelen's shot is blocked.

  •  

    James Tyler: I believe it comes into "full effect" as of next season, though it's anyone's guess as to how much UEFA will really punish its biggest clubs.

  •  

    [Comment from john]
    folks, there are already fire Wenger macros

  •  

    [Comment from Henri]
    When for FFP come into play? It may help Spurs and Gunners.

  •  

    James Tyler: No comment. (Deletes word document)

  •  

    [Comment from Timalloy]
    james you already have one written dont you?

  •  

    James Tyler: Still recovering, Bethy. I believe he'll be back by October. Interesting to wonder who returns first: Holden or Jack Wilshere.

  •  

    [Comment from Bethy]
    What's the status of Stuart Holden? Is he back to playing or still recovering?

  •  

    James Tyler: And we're off again at the Emirates and, presumably, everywhere else.

  •  

    [Comment from Shahdil]
    Wrong platform for that question, Roger. There are no non football loving people in this chat rooom.

  •  

    [Comment from mitch]
    prolly think he is a hopelessly distraught, depressive, possibly suicidal

  •  

    [Comment from Catz]
    "this English guy has a questionable grasp of the NFL"

  •  

    James Tyler: I already hear them typing, Dan.

  •  

    [Comment from dan]
    so if arsenal finish in a goalless draw, or worse (God forbid) lose 1-0 to sunderland; how long will it take for london newspapers to start up the imaginative "fire wenger" stories? My guess is 0.32 seconds

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Question. What do non football loving Piers Morgan followers think about his Arsenal tweets?

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Relax, Liverpool fans. Evolution takes time. Look at John Terry. He's only just shed his horns and vestigial tail.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Follow us on Twitter.
    @rogbennett
    @jamestylerespn

    if we do not cover it live. we are always there. keeps us off street corners

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Leprosy

  •  

    James Tyler: A tax investigation and subsequent penalty akin to the one that crippled Rangers?

  •  

    [Comment from Shahdil]
    What will it take for Celtic not to win the SPL this season?

  •  

    James Tyler: Sorry, that's for timalloy. I doubt Rodgers is reading halftime scores to the Reds. I bet he's simply telling them to stick with the program. Keep pressure on, chins up, upper lips stiff, etc.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Shouting at the lads in Welsh. It used to work wonders at the old place. We will see..

  •  

    James Tyler: Hearts 2, Inverness 0
    Kilmarnock 1, Motherwell 2
    St. Johnstone 0, Aberdeen 1
    St. Mirren 0, Hibernian 1

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Any ideas on what Rodgers is saying in the locker room?

  •  

    [Comment from Timalloy]
    anyc chanc we can get the spl scores minus Celtic?

  •  

    James Tyler: Rog, funny you note the shaving ad wars. Nice of Gillette to counter the Tiger-Federer-Henry trio with an offbeat trio involving the creative spirit of OutKast and a cult actor.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: USA-Red. Blasphemy. Watch out for lightning bolts

  •  

    [Comment from USA-Red]
    Why are we talking about Ian Darke? Does he even know whats going on??

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Adrien Brody. Andre 3000. Why is Macca not in that Gillette ad?

  •  

    [Comment from Shahdil]
    @babytown: DeGae, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Baines, Valencia, Carrick, Kagawa, Rooney, RvP

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    Roger Bennett: Sometimes JT and I just like to IM and keep it low key

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    James Tyler: Rog would agree, Terry. I won't though.

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    [Comment from Catz]
    how about Ian Darke's own "Life"

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    [Comment from Terry]
    Which Liverpudlian will finish higher in the standings? (Blues, right?)

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    [Comment from Chicago Gunner]
    I know I shouldn't laugh / at the Danish second tier / but HA! Middelfart?

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    James Tyler: @B_frolics -- thinking Rooney should almost drop into midfield. Why not a 4-2-2-2 with RvP and Welbeck ahead of Kagawa and Rooney. Though I want to see United fail, so bear that in mind.

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    [Comment from THE STRAIGHT SHOT]
    the bible, Sir Ian Darke might be able to make me a believer

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    Roger Bennett: I would love to hear him read Keith Richards autobio

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    [Comment from Babytown Frolics]
    JT, what do you think is the best possible XI for manchester united?

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    James Tyler: Joe Allen has completed 97% of his passes for LFC thus far, says @OptaJoe.

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    @Rog "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel"

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    [Comment from Chuck]
    Is there an answer other than "50 Shades of Grey"?

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    [Comment from ESPNPressPass via Twitter]
    We know it is very late on the east coast...Great to DVR and watch with your breakfast!

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    Roger Bennett: book on tape, sorry

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    Roger Bennett: If Sir Ian Darke read a book one tape, what book would work best?

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    [Comment from Nick]
    the new season's here, Arsenal really miss Song, 4th place in the cards.

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    [Comment from Stretford End]
    One leaves for a Song/Typical Arse finishing/Welcome, RvP

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    James Tyler: HT: Rangers 2, East Sterling 1 (Scottish Third Division)
    HT: West Ham 1, Aston Villa 0 (EPL)
    HT: Reading 0, Stoke 1 (EPL)
    62": Berlin Ankaraspor 4, Hoffenheim (German Cup)
    63": Prestatyn Town FC 3, Afan Lido 1 (Wales Premier Division)
    FT: Middelfart G og BK 3, Marienlyst 0 (Denmark Second Division - West)

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    Roger Bennett: Thank you Terry. We aim for mediocre.

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    [Comment from Terry]
    Listened to Men in Blazers this week while at work. Good stuff.

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    [Comment from ESPNStatsInfo via Twitter]
    A pitcher by pitcher look through the Braves bullpen and how Friday's win relates to their 2012 success es.pn/OnY6Db

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    [Comment from Chad]
    EPL is back/What did we do without it/Watch the Olympics

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    [Comment from Terry]
    A chat, sorry.

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    James Tyler: Half Time whistles being peeped across the land...
    Arsenal 0, Sunderland 0
    Fulham 2, Norwich 0
    West Brom 1, Liverpool 0
    QPR 0, Swansea 1

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    James Tyler: Not even in my most optimistic state do I believe that, USA-Red.

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    [Comment from USA-Red]
    Joe Cole to come in and destroy West Brom!

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    James Tyler: Terry: most weekends, we'll have some kind of chat.

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    Roger Bennett: Depends what "this" is Terry. Say more...

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    James Tyler: How do you know you don't, Steve?

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    [Comment from Terry]
    Are we doing this every weekend??!?!

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    [Comment from Steve]
    Yellow card for Suarez immensely harsh. Been pretty well-behaved so far. If that's worthy of a yellow, I'd be getting sent off in my indoor matches.

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    James Tyler: Quiet, Rog! Everton will get its medicine in Monday.

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    [Comment from Christian]
    And every time Podolski falls down in the box, we'll say "RvP woulda broken his ankle there"

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    [Comment from Nick]
    Haiku time

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    Roger Bennett: What do you think Arsenal fans? Not the end of the World? Could be worse. You could be 1-0 to West Brom

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    James Tyler: Kudos to Simon Mignolet for some electric goalkeeping.

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    James Tyler: HALFTIME: Arsenal 0, Sunderland 0. Plenty of sturm, little drang.

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    [Comment from john]
    Somewhere Dalglish and Barton are having a beer

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    James Tyler: After just two goals in the first 30 mins or so, we've had three in the last 10. The Prem is back!

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    [Comment from Brian]
    And every time Arsenal scores, we'll say "we don't need RVP"

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    [Comment from timalloy]
    so every time someone misses for arsenal we're gonna hear "ach! RVP woulda had it! "

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    James Tyler: GOAL: West Ham 1 (Kevin Nolan), Aston Villa 0

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    James Tyler: GOAL: Fulham 2 (Mladen Petric on his debut), Norwich 0

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @OptaJoe: 1 - Zoltán Gera's goal for WBA versus Liverpool was the Baggies' first shot on target in the game. Screamer.

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    James Tyler: Never too early, JC.

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    [Comment from JC]
    Oh Liverpool... Is 9:45am too early for a beer?

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    James Tyler: Gervinho's narrow-angled shot is blocked out for a corner, though replays show that the two Mackems defenders didn't get the last touch.

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    James Tyler: Stretford End: lovely verbiage.

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    [Comment from peter]
    rvp would have buried that

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    [Comment from Stretford End]
    @James: My high school coach was from T&T. There, they called a nutmeg a "salad." No idea where it came from.

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    [Comment from Joe]
    Arsenal are such an enigma. Every time they seem to take a big step forward (by signing a bunch of players for added depth), they then reverse it and take an equally big (if not bigger) step back (by selling their best players right at the end of the transfer window). Right now it looks as this Arsenal team is the same quality as last year.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Lovely run by Walcott inside the box but his square pass for Podolski is slid behind for a corner by Craig Gardner!

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    Roger Bennett: Comes from the Latin "Meggio": to pluckily humiliate.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    LFC pressure, West Brom open the scoring. #ThisIsLiverpool

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    [Comment from Reasonable Doubt]
    West Brom!!!! Zoltan Gera, the Hungarian sensation! A bending volley into the top corner!

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    Goal for West Brom

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    James Tyler: Through the legs, Mort.

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    [Comment from mort]
    what does it mean to get "nutmegged"?

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Delay in the award of West Ham's goal by Mike Dean. It was a strike hewn from finest Allardyce. Back-post ball and across for Kev Nolan.

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    [Comment from ESPNPressPass via Twitter]
    US Viewers, follow the show and let us know your thoughts on the new ESPN FC Press Pass. Sunday-Friday 2 AM ET/11 PT on ESPN News.

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    Roger Bennett: Arsenal still feeling their way in the final third. If they can synch up, the goals will come. Sunderland however appear clueless once they break past the halfway line.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    MT @philmcnulty: Johnson misses another opportunity. Liverpool making better chances but not taking them - bit of a habit last season.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    WBA booing Borini at every touch now. Think he went down a little easily last time. At least there was contact, unlike certain Spanish players (Ronaldo & Busquets)

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    James Tyler: 37 minutes gone, and all looking much like it should: Arsenal threatening but not scoring (miss you, RvP), Sunderland quiet but menacing on the break.

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    James Tyler: Cazorla with a rare misplayed pass. He's made a comfy adjustment to the EPL so far.

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    James Tyler: Bobby T is right: GOAL FOR STOKE (Michael Kightly in his Potters debut). Reading 0, Stoke 1.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Stoke scuffs a shot which squirms through keepers arms for a goal. Definitely should have had it covered.

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    Roger Bennett: Good to see Arteta's added new freekick to his repertoire."Blasting it into the stand" a nice variation on his typical "drilling it against the wall

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @GlennMoore7: At #Reading v #Stoke. Goalless, lots of fouls from Stoke as Reading run at them. No shots on target as yet.

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    James Tyler: Care to elaborate, Bobby T?

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Yikes, that Reading keeper is feeling pretty foolish right now.

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    James Tyler: Mikel Arteta lofts a free kick over the bar from 30 yards.

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    Liverpool = Targaryens? Used to be kings but nobody really remembers...

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    James Tyler: Fabio Borini is in pain at the Hawthorns. Collision in the box under a high ball. Not really clear on replay what happened, but he's slow to get up.

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    [Comment from Wilson from NYC]
    Diaby and Carzola look as good as Walcott and Gervinho look wasteful

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    [Comment from Larry]
    Big Sam

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    James Tyler: I'll say Steve Clarke at WBA or Mark Hughes. RDM is definitely in that conversation though. Don't think Roman Abramovich would accept a slip having gorged on two unlikely/heroic cup wins last season.

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    [Comment from Nick]
    Who wins the sack race this year James, Di Matteo could be a dark horse to watch out for.

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    [Comment from Jonny]
    Liverpool look just as frustrating as last year.

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    James Tyler: Cazorla wins possession in the attacking third but Walcott's run was poorly timed to receive his outlet pass. Narrowly offside.

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    James Tyler: That Rodgers is idiosyncratic...

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Intresting seeing Allen's positioning. He's practically a left wing back, covering for Johnson playing at left forward.

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    James Tyler: Ask @JohnBrewinESPN, who is in attendance.

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    [Comment from C.J.]
    How have Aston Villa looked under their new manager?

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    James Tyler: Danish League update: Bronshoj BK 0, AB Copenhagen 0 (71 mins)

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    Roger Bennett: Great save by Mignolet. one of most educated men in the premier league

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Diaby's shot well saved by Mignolet. Palmed around the post at full stretch following more sleepy defending by O'Shea.

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    James Tyler: There's still time, CJ.

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    [Comment from C.J.]
    Just realized, Chris Foy hasn't royally screwed anything up today.

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    [Comment from travis]
    cazorla plays a beautiful ball doesn't he

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    James Tyler: GOAL AT FULHAM: Damien Duff gives the Cottagers a 1-0 lead vs. Norwich.

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    James Tyler: Blackburn is leading Ipswich 1-0 in the nPower Championship. And Portsmouth -- beleaguered, poverty-stricken, in-danger-of-ceasing-to-exist Portsmouth -- has a 1-0 lead over Bournemouth in League One.

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    [Comment from Jay (Wash DC)]
    Stoke City are like the Dothraki..half of what they do doesn't make sense but they survive every year.

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    [Comment from dan]
    Ahh Walcott!!! so more of the same for Arsenal FC? AFC = Always Fudging Chances. there has to be more of a creative anagram out there, takers?

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Cazorla's left-flank cross lands on Walcott's noggin but the header is well over the bar.

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    [Comment from mort]
    gervinho should sell ad space on his forehead.

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    [Comment from john]
    The Hound would make a great center back for Stoke

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    James Tyler: 25 minutes into the new term and the Gunners slowly exerting pressure. Stephane Sessegnon has been temporarily muzzled at the other end.

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    [Comment from Chuck]
    Peter Crouch is the White Walker of the EPL

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    James Tyler: Please don't bet on that, Willie.

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    Roger Bennett: The Starks football has not evolved from the 1970s. Very kick and rush. Physicality has been replaced by flair in the modern game. Dorne versus Lannisters in the final. My money on Dorne. The Uruguay of the Seven Kingdoms.

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    [Comment from Willie]
    Walcott with a hatrick today calling it

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @itvfootball: Great pic of #Michu celebrating his goal: itv.com/sport/football… #scfc

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    [Comment from ESPNStatsInfo via Twitter]
    A stat-based look back at the career of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, who was born on this date in 1934 es.pn/OoEY8d

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    [Comment from Brian]
    The White Walkers would win the Westeros Premier League.

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    [Comment from timalloy]
    House Lannister would just buy the league every year. There's no financial fair play

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Mertesacker's header falls for Walcott inside the area but his shot is screwed wide.

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    [Comment from Nick]
    For Rog, if each member of the Seven Kingdoms fielded a football team in a Game of Thrones league who would win I'd go with the North as Winterfell would have great defenders

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Lovely turn and pass by Cazorla springs Diaby up the middle, he finds Jenkinson wide right but his low cross is blocked as Podolski lurked at the near post. Corner for the Gunners is nervily dealt with.

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    [Comment from john]
    As I cannot get a u-stream of the Faroe Islands top flight can somebody give me the scores? I have sheep number 205382b on my fantasy team

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    [Comment from TeeTs]
    Tottenham will shock the world and win the Prem this year.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Gervinho's had 1 of his 5 competent dribbles of the season

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Take a bow, Dean Whitehead. First yellow card of the season. Of course it was shown to a Stoke player. #FuturePubTrivia

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    [Comment from Reasonable Doubt]
    FC FooTeePee in the Ykkönen of Finald aiming for promotion with a win today, kicking off in about 3 hours.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Gervinho is the perfect mirror for Walcott. Useless 90% of the time. But does just enough to convince Wenger not to give up on them. #lifeofanArsenalfan

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Alex McLeish's ears are burning.“We’re passing the ball, we’re passing the ball, we’re Aston Villa, we’re passing the ball,” sing the fans.

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    [Comment from Jay (Wash DC)]
    Should have been Podolski's ball, not Cazorla. Just got in the way of each other.

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    "I'm not quite dead... I think I'll go for a walk" -Gervinho

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    James Tyler: No, Guest. Odemwingie and Shane Long starting up top.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Is romelu Lukaku playing for West Brom?

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    [Comment from john]
    Carlton Cole, forever blowing chances

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Chaos in the box following fine approach work by Gervinho down the left but Cazorla's shot is pulled just wide!

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    Roger Bennett: That was a shot by Gervinhio BTW. not a cross.

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    James Tyler: Woking down 1-0 to Barrow, Kidderminster leads Mansfield 1-0, Newport with an early lead over Lincoln City. And Telford just tallied at home to Braintree Town.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Carlton Cole has just done his first fresh-air shot of the season. #whufc

  •  

    [Comment from john]
    Any updates on the Blue Square Premier?

  •  

    James Tyler: No, Michael? Would you like the Norwegian Tippeligaen instead? I'm here to help.

  •  

    [Comment from Michael]
    We don't really need updates on the Scottish 3rd Division, thanks James.

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    James Tyler: As a lifelong LFC fan I'd love to agree, but only 17 minutes into the new season, I'm already girding myself for immense psychological pain.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Liverpool already look different. Much more assured in possession. And Downing looks like a new man.

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    James Tyler: Rangers equalize vs. East Sterling! Going up, up, up!

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    James Tyler: Another dangerous break for Sunderland as Colback works free down the right flank, but his square pass for Sessegnon is intercepted by Mertesacker.

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    James Tyler: Probably. He'll get it in due course.

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    [Comment from JC]
    Lucas looks a bit off. Still getting back to full fitness?

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    [Comment from dan]
    is it too early to sub in giroud for gervinho and move podolski out left? 15 minutes in won't shatter what's left of his confidence will it?

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    James Tyler: Mertesacker with a wonderful pass to a Sunderland defender. Not just a pretty face, is ol' Per.

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    [Comment from Mancini]
    We're the favorites for relegation

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Sessegnon is so intelligent. So quick minded. Delight to watch.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @ayjay: Ian and Macca trying to convince me that Gervinho isn’t necessarily useless. It’s not working.

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    James Tyler: Sessegnon making plenty of nuisance of himself inside the first fourteen minutes.

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    James Tyler: ^ Funny.

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    [Comment from Sir Alex]
    Arsenal. Man City and Liverpool for me

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    [Comment from C.J.]
    I'd say Reading, West Ham, and QPR.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Norwich, Reading, West Brom for me.

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    Roger Bennett: Gervinhio showing his whole repertoire of miscontrols inside the first 12 minutes

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    James Tyler: Chance for Sunderland! Sessegnon finds McClean at the edge of the box but his low shot is well stopped by Szczesny.

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    James Tyler: Expect that opinion to change 3,018,111 times this season.

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    James Tyler: Saints, Reading and West Brom.

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    [Comment from Nick]
    James, whose your bet for relegation, for me its in no particular order Wigan,Reading, and Southhampton

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    James Tyler: I picked QPR to struggle, Mort. Just because they acquired more rejected material than a Goodwill store doesn't mean they're set to dazzle.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Goal! Rangers 0-1 East Stirling (Quinn, pen 3)

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    [Comment from mort]
    so much for QPR being everyone's dark horse

  •  

    [Comment from Ed Leyte]
    Suarez with a lovely move and a ping from 25 yards requiring a quick parry save by the West Brom keeper

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    I think we all predicted Swansea would score the first goal of the year.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR SWANSEA! New signing Michu has the first Prem strike of the year.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Michu = helping Swans fans forget about Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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    James Tyler: Suarez has a decent shot for LFC! Parried by Foster. Good run by the Uruguayan.

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    James Tyler: Maybe, maybe not Bryce. Think the entire universe knew of Rodgers' 4-3-3 given how much it was mentioned since he took the LFC job.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    I wonder if Rodgers basically announcing their starting XI gives West Brom a bit of an edge. They seem to have lined up to counter Rodger's 4-3-3.

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    James Tyler: John, I've got some Zynga/Farmville stock that might interest you, then.

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    [Comment from john]
    I invested in Man U and Facebook, sincerely an idiot

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    [Comment from Brian]
    I see Gervinho still has his "run right into the defender, making it as easy as possible to take the ball away from me" strategy.

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    Roger Bennett: Versatile winger. not the quickest. but super intelligent

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    James Tyler: Lovely Spanish dribbler in the classic style. Did well for nouveau riche Malaga last season, would surely start for La Roja if Xavi, David Silva and Fabregas ceased to exist.

  •  

    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Can someone tell me a bit about Cazorla? Heard the name before he got to Arsenal, but I'm not familiar with his style of play.

  •  

    [Comment from Michael]
    So would that be 2 Jerseys Rog?

  •  

    James Tyler: It's too early for financial chat, RD. But probably that one.

  •  

    [Comment from Reasonable Doubt]
    Which is the bigger gamble with potentially disastrous economic consequences--the RVP signing, or the MANU IPO crashing to $13.42 a share?

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Henri, all Arsenal fans are telling themselves that, but we're lying to ourselves

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    Roger Bennett: Cazorla. New Emirates hero. I guarantee 2 out of every 3 jerseys bought today at the game will have his name on the back

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    James Tyler: #Football

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! First real dribble for Santi Cazorla, the Mackems defense backs off and his shot from the top of the box is well stopped by Mignolet!

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    James Tyler: Chance for Sunderland! McClean onside as the Gunners' offside trap collapses like a wet pancake, but he hits his shot right at Sczesny. Sharp save.

  •  

    [Comment from john]
    gervihno's hairline another couple millimeters receeded

  •  

    [Comment from Henri]
    Does anyone think Man U overpaid for a guy who was always injured till last year?

  •  

    James Tyler: Gibbs overlaps on the left but his cross is blocked. Sunderland breaks via Sessegnon but his cross is hit right at Szczesny.

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    [Comment from Reasonable Doubt]
    West Brom controls the ball, and the first possession they allow Liverpool, almost give up an own goal. Welcome Back, Baggies.

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    James Tyler: John O'Shea nearly plays Podolski through on goal with a soft back pass to Mignolet, but the Sunderland goalie hoofs it clear.

  •  

    [Comment from Bran]
    Love this. In US its only 9am. Love getting up with some coffee to enjoy a few matches before the day starts. YNWA!

  •  

    James Tyler: Theo Walcott is brilliant. (...ly hilarious)

  •  

    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Walcott already miscontrols a ball. Welcome back EPL!!

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    [Comment from burlsss]
    i feel like Wenger needs to come out and make a statement to the players. Say to them "If anybody wants to leave, let me know now before you abandon us later on. Ill get rid of you and replace you now!!" Then again, nobody moves on until they have 1 good season at Arsenal first...

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @natefc: Two minutes in and LFC haven't had a sniff of the ball, two miscued awful clearances. I need a hug.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Happy new season everyone. Everton still top.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    First thing to say is that Aston Villa's away kit is positively revolting. Oh, my eyes.

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    James Tyler: We're off at the Emirates!

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    James Tyler: Happy Premier League!

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    James Tyler: As I noted earlier, we'll be primarily tracking Arsenal v. Sunderland but with an eye on the other games. If you're watching elsewhere, send along your comments and we'll get them in the mix.

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    James Tyler: Kickoff at the Hawthorns! Liverpool and West Brom. Magnetic stuff. Wenger trolls the touchline in North London, anxious to get another campaign underway.

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    [Comment from Mike from USA]
    Jenkinson starting for Arsenal. Worse news than RVP leaving!

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    James Tyler: LINEUPS (one more time):
    Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Diaby, Arteta, Cazorla, Walcott, Gervinho, Podolski. Subs: Mannone, Andre Santos, Giroud, Ramsey, Djourou, Coquelin, Arshavin.

    Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Cuellar, O'Shea, Richardson, Larsson, Colback, Cattermole, McClean, Sessegnon, Campbell. Subs: Westwood, Wickham, Kilgallon, Meyler, Bramble, Saha, Elmohamady.

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    James Tyler: See, John. I do agree, but if you're young and wealthy, you take the move to Spain every time. Careers are fleeting and brutal. When the club comes knocking, you have a go. It's fun.

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    Roger Bennett: Giroud will be interesting to watch. 2 seasons ago he was starting in the French second division. Cazorla will be tasty. Podolski will not get the space he was used to in Germany...

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    [Comment from john marston]
    Another Arsenal player sold to be a squad player somewhere else...

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    I was ready to come on here and tell you Arsenal had a chance to win the premier league. But...Jenkinskon, Diaby, Gervinho. Fourth place here we come!

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    James Tyler: OUCH.

  •  

    [Comment from Joey A.]
    Is Vermaelan the most uninspiring captain since the Italian cruise ship guy?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: You mean all the way to Old Trafford?

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Will Olivier Giroud be able to follow in RVP's footsteps?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Arsenal will win. lot of adrenalin for these players to show that losing RvP is not what it was cracked up to be...

  •  

    James Tyler: He's off to Barcelona, canyonhawk. Wenger's finalizing it.

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    [Comment from canyonhawk]
    Song not o the squad. Meaning?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Vermaelen thinking "this time next year I'll be starting at the Nou Camp..."

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Emirates blaring one of the more bleak tunes from "Requiem From A Dream." Apropos. Jared Leto shivers.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Hard not to be excited about rubbernecking over Arsenal JT... I wish I was watching the Rodgers revolution at Liverpool...

  •  

    James Tyler: Rog, which game this morning has you most intrigued?

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    James Tyler: 2-1 Arsenal. Far from foregone but enough class to prevail.

  •  

    [Comment from Josh]
    What do you guys think the score of the Arsenal Sunderland Game? will be Im going 3-1 Arsenal I dont think they will keep a clean sheet but Sunderland really look woeful this year

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    James Tyler: Michu, Chico and de Guzman all start for Laudrup. Also sound like a fun European law firm.

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    Roger Bennett: Bobby T. My fantasy recipe is to field every player named Bennett. I have half the norwich team starting.

  •  

    James Tyler: QPR v. SWANSEA
    QPR: Green, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Da Silva, Taarabt, Park, Diakite, Hoilett, Mackie, Cisse. Subs: Murphy, Derry, Johnson, Wright-Phillips, Nelsen, Dyer, Zamora.
    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Taylor, de Guzman, Michu, Britton, Dyer, Graham, Routledge. Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Sinclair, Moore, Agustien, Gower, Richards.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Rog, I thought you said slow and steady gets 7th or 8th.

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    James Tyler: Bit old (he's over 30) but astute business, nonetheless.

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    Roger Bennett: That "H" is straining on Martin Jols neck

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    [Comment from arsene wenger]
    Mladen Petric, Great buy, i think he can give fulham 10 goals this year.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @NutmegRadio Let them flow, mate. Makes it easier.

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    Roger Bennett: Joey A. slow and steady wins the race.

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    James Tyler: Relegation levels, Joey A.

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    [Comment from Joey A.]
    When it's kickoff of week 1 and a quarter of your fantasy team is on the bench, what level of depression is permissible?

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    James Tyler: FULHAM v. NORWICH
    Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Duff, Diarra, Dembele, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Petric. Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Baird, Sidwell, Kasami, Rodallega, Halliche.

    Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Ryan Bennett, Turner, Tierney, Pilkington, Howson, Johnson, Surman, Snodgrass, Holt. Subs: Rudd, Hoolahan, Morison, Elliott Bennett, Vaughan, Barnett, Lappin.

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    James Tyler: READING v. STOKE
    Reading: Federici, Gunter, Pearce, Gorkss, Harte, Leigertwood, Robson-Kanu, Guthrie, McAnuff, Le Fondre, Pogrebnyak. Subs:
    McCarthy, Mariappa, Hunt, McCleary, Tabb, Church, Cummings.

    Stoke: Begovic, Huth, Wilkinson, Whelan, Wilson, Shawcross, Kightly, Whitehead, Etherington, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Ness, Delap, Shotton, Jerome, Palacios.

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    [Comment from mort]
    Juve is the ideal spot for Dempsey. They'll move for him if the can;t get Dzeko.

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    [Comment from Salvatore]
    You guys misheard Dempsey. He's going to Liverpool for ChampionSHIP football

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    Roger Bennett: Tony Hibberts goal strangely did not make the top ten. big team bias.

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    [Comment from travis]
    shoulda been number 1 Rog!!!

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    Roger Bennett: Wow. Watching that Cisse goal again on ESPN. never gets old.

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    James Tyler: The 15m was to trigger a release clause in Allen's contract. Had that not been in place, reckon final fee would have been 3-5m lower.

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    [Comment from Jake]
    I actually think Allen could be a great signing, but they've made such a habit of overpaying for British talent the past few seasons that it's hard not to wonder.

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    James Tyler: Our first joke of the day! Well done, RD.

  •  

    [Comment from Reasonable Doubt]
    Given the reports that Dempsey wants to play for a Champions League club, why so many reports linking him to Liverpool?

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    James Tyler: Because we're trying to keep the poll grounded in reality.

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    [Comment from Salvatore]
    Why no love for Tottenham in the poll?

  •  

    [Comment from cris]
    50% arsenal winning the Prem? We got a lot gooners here today!

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Santi Cazorla must be excited to suit up alongside Carl Jenkinson.

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    James Tyler: I think fourth.

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    [Comment from Naho]
    How will arsenal do this season without RVP?

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    James Tyler: We'll keep an eye out -- my focus is Arsenal v. Sunderland -- but send us your observations from around the league and we'll put them in the mix.

  •  

    [Comment from Sam]
    Will you guys be following any of the other games at all? QPR vs. Swansea?

  •  

    [Comment from mort]
    Jol is manipulating the situation to make Deuce look bad. The Truth will come out!

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    James Tyler: It's ok to mock at any time. Just bear in mind he hasn't played yet. Though Allen is new to the Prem, relatively speaking, he does fit well in Rodgers' system and knows how to play in this style.

  •  

    [Comment from Jake]
    So at what point is it OK to start mocking Liverpool for paying 15 million for a central midfielder with a single good Premiership season playing for a promoted side? (Also, haven't they been down that road already?)

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    James Tyler: Still, given where he is in his career, you do what you have to.

  •  

    [Comment from ESPN_US_Soccer via Twitter]
    The #EPL is back! Join @JamesTylerESPN and @rogbennett for live chat, including Arsenal v Sunderland: j.mp/NutpLi

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    James Tyler: Bit surprised, honestly. Thought Clint wasn't "that type of player."

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    [Comment from Ed Leyte]
    Hey gents, FOP here and would love to hear your thoughts on Dempsey's decision to hold out for a transfer.

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    James Tyler: ARSENAL v. SUNDERLAND
    Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Diaby, Arteta, Cazorla, Walcott, Gervinho, Podolski. Subs: Mannone, Andre Santos, Giroud, Ramsey, Djourou, Coquelin, Arshavin.

    Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Cuellar, O'Shea, Richardson, Larsson, Colback, Cattermole, McClean, Sessegnon, Campbell. Subs: Westwood, Wickham, Kilgallon, Meyler, Bramble, Saha, Elmohamady.

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    James Tyler: Wouldn't read into it too much. Dalglish used Johnson at LB a fair bit last season.

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    why no Enrique for liverpool

  •  

    James Tyler: Morning, Rog!

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    James Tyler: Not sure yet. Would hazard it's a 4-3-3 with Lucas set deep while Gerrard and Allen are pushed up. Downing on the right flank.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Good morning America. Good morning JT. adrenalin pumping? West Coasters, EPL kick off means it is socially acceptable to pour beer on your cereal.

  •  

    [Comment from cris]
    Are Liverpool lining up in a 4-3-3 or a 4-4-2?

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    James Tyler: Sagna's injury-prone. Andres Santos isn't that good.

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    [Comment from Salvatore]
    What happened to all of Arsenals fullbacks?

  •  

    James Tyler: Actually sounds like something Arsene would say, such is his unflinching belief in "the system." You know, the one that has won 0 trophies in seven years.

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    [Comment from arsene wenger]
    Well, we replaced Cesc with Santi Cazorla, Nasri with podolski, and Rvp with Giroud...it won't be hard to replace alex song billong

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    James Tyler: Borini and Allen slot straight in for Rodgers at the Hawthorns.

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    James Tyler: WEST BROM v. LIVERPOOL
    West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Yacob, Mulumbu, Odemwingie, Long, Gera. Subs: Myhill, El Ghanassy, Brunt, Jara Reyes, Lukaku, Dawson, Fortune.

    Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Lucas, Allen, Gerrard, Downing, Suarez, Borini. Subs: Jones, Carroll, Cole, Henderson, Carragher, Adam, Shelvey.

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    James Tyler: Nice to see the Hammers back in the Prem. Not sure if everyone agrees with me, mind you.

  •  

    James Tyler: WEST HAM v. ASTON VILLA
    West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, McCartney, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Vaz Te, Cole, Taylor. Subs: Henderson, Tomkins, Maynard, Maiga, O'Brien, Diarra, O'Neil.
    Aston Villa: Given, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Holman, El Ahmadi, Delph, N'Zogbia, Ireland, Bent. Subs: Guzan, Bannan, Weimann, Lichaj, Herd, Burke, Gardner.

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    James Tyler: Zing, Jake. Fun factoid that of the last five club captains, four were sold on not long after. I'll say he goes to Barca or Real Madrid. Those are the only two teams in existence, right?

  •  

    [Comment from Jake]
    So, as the new Arsenal captain, where will Vermaelen be headed after this season?

  •  

    James Tyler: I'd say that the Gunners have enough up top with Gervinho, Podolski, Giroud. Though not enough to match RvP's output last season. Song is the bigger concern for me. Needs a defensive midfielder as I don't think Abou Diaby can handle the workload and stay healthy.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    Live blog with ESPN FC crew -- tinyurl.com/cfpac6p

  •  

    [Comment from Steve]
    Last year I picked RVP and Song as Arsenal's two key players and now they're gone/going. How can Arsenal recover?

  •  

    James Tyler: Yes, that's CARL JENKINSON in the XI. Still two weeks to buy a proper fullback, Arsene.

  •  

    James Tyler: Arsenal: Wojciech Szczesny, Carl Jenkinson, Thomas Vermaelen (c), Per Mertesacker, Kieran Gibbs, Abou Diaby, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Gervinho, Lukas Podolski.

  •  

    James Tyler: Or maybe not. Stand by for ARSENAL v. SUNDERLAND XIs.

  •  

    [Comment from MJ]
    Legends bar in NYC

  •  

    James Tyler: Mais oui, Olivier. It appears that you are. Will have lineups for all games as they come in...

  •  

    [Comment from Olivier Giroud]
    Am I starting today?

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  •  

    James Tyler: So, where's everyone watching the games this morning? Pub, couch?

  •  

    [Comment from NickyButt]
    Much better than Xmas, but perhaps not better than Boxing Day...

  •  

    [Comment from Tim]
    Is today better than Christmas? you gotta believe so.

  •  

    [Comment from Craig LFC]
    I have been waiting for this day since May 13th 2012!!!!

  •  

    James Tyler: Roger Bennett will be here soon.

  •  

    James Tyler: I am Daniel Plainview and the Prem is my milkshake. We'll have live chat through to noon ET today, covering the first slate of games: Arsenal v. Sunderland is our feature match, but we'll check in on Chelsea's opener at Wigan and Liverpool's trip to West Brom.

  •  

    James Tyler: It has returned! Admittedly, after a week's holiday following the end of the Olympics, but still. WE SHALL BE SATIATED.

  •  

    James Tyler: Happy Footy Day!

 
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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Arsenal

  • 23(3)

  • 16

  • 12

  • 70%

    30%

  • Sunderland

  • 4(2)

  • 28

  • 9

Match Stats

  • Arsenal
  • Sunderland
23(3) Shots (on goal) 4(2)
12 Fouls 9
7 Corner kicks 0
2 Offsides 1
70% Time of Possession 30%
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 3