Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 5: Open Thread

We have an exciting Sunday in store for fans of Premier League soccer culminating in the Manchester derby. But there are plenty of other exciting matches scheduled.

For viewers in the United States, please note that the early kick-off is on CNBC instead of NBCSN.

Here are the starting line-ups:

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Gnabry, Giroud

Stoke: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Huth, Pieters; Walters, Wilson, Nzonzi, Adam, Arnautovic; Jones

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Jedinak, Guedioura, Bannan, Puncheon, Jerome, Chamakh

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Canas, Selvey, Dyer, Routledge, Michu, Vazquez

In Arsenal team news, in a last minute change, Theo Walcott is out of the Arsenal lineup and is replaced by 18-year-old Serge Gnabry.

Meanwhile, for Swansea, Alvaro Vazquez makes his debut for the Swans up front instead of Wilfried Bony who played on Thursday against Valencia.

Sunday, September 22:

Arsenal vs Stoke, 8:30am, CNBC
Crystal Palace vs Swansea, 8:30am, Premier League Extra Time
Cardiff vs Tottenham, 11am, Premier League Extra Time
Man City vs Man United, 11am, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

54 thoughts on “Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 5: Open Thread”

  1. Walcott out after the warm up, sh!t himself when he saw Huth and Shawcross.

    I’ll happily take a point today, I’d expect Arsenal to win by a couple of goals.

    1. Rested. He’s on the bench. It’s a good chance to see what new signing Alvaro Vazquez is made of. It’s his debut today.

  2. Time Warner Cable SUCKS! They wont allow us access to online viewing,and they don’t show overflow games on Sunday. Missed the Swansea game now missing the Cardiff game

  3. United’s awful this season…shocking transfers or lack thereof didn’t help…SAF was smart enough to leave when the ship started sinking…will battle it our with Tottenham/Liverpool for 4th spot this season…

  4. Decent scoreline at the half. But before anyone gets too far ahead of themselves, it will be recalled that it was 0-2 the other way at this point last year in this fixture.

    But in the end, City actually had a few decent looks at winning it in extra time then before Van Pervy buried that free kick.

    1. i thought i heard a roar from deep in the heart.your side looks great and your drama queen navas has not had to simulate anything yet.i called for a blue romp i am halfway there.

        1. Marc L
          NO WAY the first 2 or 3 matches i thought naves had multiple amputations or compound fractures the way he was rolling around on the pitch.

  5. the romp is full on poor marking in the box.killer goal at end of half.8 dropped points out of a possible 12 not going to get it done.sorry devil fans your side is fighting the Championship hangover and the Ferguson hangover.

  6. NBC reveals a half-and-half scarf sighting at that rag pub in NYC!

    As the mathematicians out there would say, quod erat demonstrandum.

  7. Well hang in there, rags. Not your day today. Just one result. I expect your lot will be heard from with some authority in all competitions this year.

    1. Marc L
      very gracious hope you will at least enjoy one fist pump.Your side was in top form.if they can figure out their away matches they will win the League by 10 points.

      1. I would love to think that but that wud be assuming Tottenham choke again while Chelsea dont get it together.

        One of those 2 will likely challenge.

  8. Can’t figure out how Citeh managed that given their dour showing last week. No worries, rapidly out of any mild sulk induced by defeat to Arsenal.

  9. If not for a superhero performance by Marshall it would have been over at half time.

    We absolutely dominated…it wasn’t close, Marshall played out of his skin.

    Lamela still silky smooth, Paulinho a beast, Dembele, the silent assassin, Soldado’s, hold up play, his runs and work off the ball incredible, Marshall stopped i’m from 2 or 3.

    a great 3 points. in-spite of Kyle Naughton

    apparently two Manchester clubs that aren’t at the top got the attention….interesting…i thought one of them lost to LFC back in 5th and the other lost to Cardiff…hhmm

    Anyway’s, onwards and upwards! The blue racists next.

    Come on your Spurs

    1. You’re were lucky leaving it late against Cardiff as well as being lucky against Palace and Swansea. AVB will try to do much as he will want to show up the Special One much like last season against RDM. On a serious note hopefully Dafoe isn’t hurt too badly that will keep him out of the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.

  10. I hear Welbeck started up front, and Rooney played behind.

    i’d have thought with Van Dirty out Rooney upfront with Kagawa feeding him would’ve been the best combo.

  11. Good to see Moyes continuing where he left off at Everton and failing to beat the top teams.
    Effectively means ManU only get 28 games to win the title.

  12. Still early days but Spurs are going to be a force to reckon with. Winning the way they did will give them a boost of confidence that they can win it at the end if need be. The only question is will the Europa League hurt them in the long term? We shall see.

    Good win for Arsenal but Stoke didn’t play bady either. What a difference Hughes has made at Stoke. They are no longer the eyesore of the past.

    Good win for Swansea and they are showing how good they are. Will be in the mix for top 6. They look better than Liverpool right now and fancy them to finish above them. Not impressed with the Pool at all.

    United were always going to struggle without RVP. Without him they would not have won the title last season. If he is injurd for a any length of time that could be bad news for United. At Arsenal he was always injured and so far he hasn’t been plagued by injuries at United. Is that about to change? We shall see.

    City are a very good team and if they can be more consistent should win the title. With a new manager it’s left to be seen how consistent they are and whether they will treat the Champions League as more important than the league.

  13. No complaints with today’s result but I’m more than confident given the teams we face over the next 5 weeks we won’t be 5 points adrift for long.

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