Five-and-a-half hours to go before kickoff at this writing, but a game this big this early in the season, and with Tim Howard's participation for Manchester United in it notwithstanding, it's never to early to start the game thread. Top two teams in the Premiership, and Howard has been playing magnificently for United so far this season. Howard has seen Arsenal before, with his heroic performance against the Gunners in the Community Shield match where his saves in the penalty shootout began to earn him cult status to the Old Trafford faithful, and his legend there has only blossomed from that. Round-up of pregame articles (please add to this list as required)... [*]From the Beeb: "Arsenal out to restore pride" (general match preview)... http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/3125198.stm [*]Also from bbc.co.uk, an overview of the game... http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/3084372.stm [*]From sportinglife.com: "Howard surprises Ferguson" (has also appeared on other websites in various forms, due to mass syndication by the UK's Press Association)... http://www.sportinglife.com/footbal.../09/20/SOCCER_Man_Utd_Howard.html&TEAMHD=manu [*]Also from sportinglife.com, the team news feature... http://www.sportinglife.com/footbal...3/09/19/manual_095319.html&TEAMHD=premiership [*]From Arsenal's official site, the match preview from the Gunners' perspective... http://www.arsenal.com/sportsappcon...e&type=com.sportapps.news.NewsItem&id=4083873 [*]From Manchester United's official site, the match preview from their perspective (includes probable teams)... http://www.manutd.com/footballnow/matchreport.sps?reportid=2789&iEventID=11023&compid= [*]Also from manutd.com, manager Sir Alex Ferguson's thoughts, and includes comments about Tim Howard (pretty high up in the interview)... http://www.manutd.com/news/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=43318&itype=466&icategoryid=122 [*]From skysports.com: match preview, suggests probable teams... http://www.skysports.com/skysports/article/0,,7-1104374,00.html [*]Also from skysports.com: Rodney Marsh's column (mentions Howard, briefly)... http://www.skysports.com/skysports/article/0,,7-1104374,00.html [*]Also from skysports.com, "Ferguson: Stop the dive cheats", more mind games from the master... http://www.skysports.com/skysports/article/0,,7-1104543,00.html [*]From Soccernet: "Howard hopes to continue perfect start" (short article, but great quote from Howard)... http://soccernet.espn.go.com/headlinenews?id=277601&cc=3436 [*]Soccernet's match preview... http://soccernet.espn.go.com/feature?id=277593&cc=3436 [*]From the Manchester Evening News: any of a variety of articles.... http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/s...terunited/stories/Detail_LinkStory=68100.html http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/s...terunited/stories/Detail_LinkStory=68103.html (feature on Howard) http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/s...terunited/stories/Detail_LinkStory=68086.html http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/s...terunited/stories/Detail_LinkStory=68013.html http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/s...terunited/stories/Detail_LinkStory=68029.html That should do it with the articles, but feel free to add more... As far as the TV angle goes, live on pay-per-view in the USA at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET, and live on Fox Sports World-Canada, and we've got it live here in Australia, too, via Fox Sports 1 at 1 a.m. Sunday night/Monday morning Melbourne time. But as I said on another thread, I don't get that channel here on my cable system, and I'll be tuning in to the webcast on Man Utd's website, as well as complementing that with text commentary from www.sportinglife.com. That webcast is free, but you have to register for it. That's the best option for webcasts, as arsenal.com is a pay service. Can't wait to get started!