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Arsenal vs Chelsea, Premier League Gameweek 17: Open Thread

arsenal chelsea programme Arsenal vs Chelsea, Premier League Gameweek 17: Open Thread

For viewers in the United States, the pre-match television coverage of Arsenal against Chelsea kicks off at 2pm ET on NBCSN featuring the first live studio broadcast of Gary Lineker. Plus he’ll be joined by Tim Howard. The match kicks off at 3pm ET on the same channel with Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux commentating.

According to NBC’s correspondent in the UK, the game was close to being called off due to heavy rain and the weather forecast for heavy winds tonight, making it difficult for supporters to travel home. But because the away team is Chelsea, a London side, the game will go on. If the away team was one from outside London, then the probability of the game being cancelled would have been much greater.

Starting line-ups:

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Rosicky, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Monreal, Jenkinson, Flamini, Cazorla, Bendtner Podolski

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Willian, Hazard; Torres

Subs: Schwarzer, Luiz, Cole, Oscar, Mata, Schurrle, Eto’o

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

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17 Responses to Arsenal vs Chelsea, Premier League Gameweek 17: Open Thread

  1. Christopher Harris says:

    Great chemistry so far between Lineker-White-Le Saux and back to the NBC studio with Rebecca Lowe. An A+ team. Great buildup for Arsenal-Chelsea match.

    Have we ever had a build-up to an EPL match as good as this on US television before?

    • Smokey Bacon says:

      Superb job by NBC. Shame about the game. It was a good opportunity for Americans to see Garry Lineker who demonstrated what an accomplished presenter he has become. Amazing to think he was a great striker for England back in the day.

      Honorable mentions too for the excellent Robbie Earle and even Tim Howard seemed more comfortable. NBC’s coverage reached a level consistent with either the BBC or Sky Sports.

  2. Len F says:

    I remember hearing/reading that NBC was going to continue to implement new features as their coverage progressed.

    Is the on-site coverage something they are going to do on a regular basis or is this a one-off?

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Great question Len. I would imagine that if it goes well today and they get some strong TV ratings, then it’s quite possible they’ll do it again for another big EPL match when the schedules are a good fit.

      • Len F says:

        I hope so. The on-site coverage certainly adds yet another layer of credibility to NBC’s production (which is already very good).

  3. Christopher Harris says:

    Seems strange to see Jose Mourinho out so early before a game, sitting on the bench all alone.

  4. Christopher Harris says:

    This game is being overshadowed by the appointment of Tim Sherwood as head coach of Tottenham.

    Even the Swansea-Everton game was more exciting than this one, so far!

  5. Christopher Harris says:

    Referee Mike Dean is letting this game get out of control with rough tackles not being punished.

  6. Christopher Harris says:

    Jose Mourinho does it again, making his Chelsea side grind out 0-0 draws away at Arsenal and Manchester United.

  7. Jim says:

    Bring back Rafa! Mourinho has become stale not only in his comments but in the way his sides play. Boring.

  8. BrianTanner says:

    There is a fundamental problem no one is talking about and that is that 1 point is awarded for 0-0 draws.

    Yes, there are good Nil-Nil matches, but more often than not, we get this cynical nonsense in too many big matches. Football should start awarding 0 points per team for 0-0 draws, and then this sot of cagey, anti-sporting embarrassment from coaches like Mourinho would end.

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