Arsenal has endured a rough start to the new Premier League season, but a busy transfer deadline day helped Arsene Wenger restock his roster, with the hope being the Gunners could re-load enough to stay a top four teams.
We will get our first chance to see whether the new Arsenal additions can help the Gunners get over the loss of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas when they take on Swansea City today (10am, Fox Soccer Channel). The newly-promoted Swans came into the Premier League after showing off a high-flying attack in the League Championship, but have yet to score a goal through three Premier League games. On the bright side, Swansea has posted consecutive shutouts, but delivering a third will be a tough task at the Emirates.
There aren't the usual high-profile match-ups in Europe this weekend, which isn't a coincidence given the start of the Champions League group stage is this week, but there are still some enticing matches to watch. Stuart Holden could be in uniform for Bolton for the first time since suffering a broken leg last March as the Trotters take on Manchester United.
In Spain, Villarreal and Sevilla face off while Valencia take on Atletico Madrid. In Latin America, Cruz Azul faces Morelia in what should be an entertaining Mexican clash while Santos takes on Cruzeiro in a showcase of some of the best young Brazilian talent in the world.
MLS fans will be treated to some high-profile matches today, with Seattle taking on Real Salt Lake in the game of the week. On the opposite end of the playoff spectrum, Chivas USA and D.C. United clash in what could be seen as sort of an elimination game, with a loss striking a severe blow to one of these team's playoff hopes.
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Enjoy the action (Today's TV schedule is after the jump):
TODAY'S SOCCER ON TV
9:30 a.m. - GOLTV - Borussia Dortmund vs. Hertha Berlin
9:30 a.m. - ESPN3.com - Bayern Munich vs. SC Freiburg
10 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Arsenal vs. Swansea City
10 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv - Stoke City vs. Liverpool
10 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Manchester City vs. Wigan Athletic
10 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Everton vs. Aston Villa
10 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Wolverhampton vs. Tottenham
10 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - West Ham vs. Portsmouth
10 a.m. - ESPN2/ESPN3.com - Sunderland vs. Chelsea
12 p.m. - ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes - Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona
12 p.m. - GOLTV - Villarreal vs. Sevilla
12:20 p.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv - Coventry City vs. Derby County
12:30 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Bolton vs. Manchester United
12:45 p.m. - ESPN3.com - Roda JC vs. FC Twente
1 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - St. Etienne vs. Lille
1 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Ajaccio vs. Valenciennes
1 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Bordeaux vs. Evian Thonon Gaillard
1 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Caen vs. Toulouse
1 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Dijon vs. Lyon
1 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Sochaux vs. Lorient
2 p.m. - GOLTV - Real Madrid vs. Getafe
2:45 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel/ESPN3.com - Cesena vs. Napoli
3 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Marseille vs. Stade Rennes
4 p.m. - ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes - Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid
4 p.m. - Telefutura - Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo
4 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake
5 p.m. - GOLTV - Santos vs. Cruzeiro
6 p.m. - Univision - Queretaro vs. Pumas UNAM
6 p.m. - Azteca America - Cruz Azul vs. Morelia
7 p.m. - GOLTV - Nacional de Medellin vs. Santa Fe Bogota
7:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - New York Red Bulls vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
7:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers
7:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC
7:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - New England Revolution vs. FC Dallas
8 p.m. - Telefutura - Santos Laguna vs. Chivas de Guadalajara
9 p.m. - GOLTV - Dorados vs. Irapuato
9:45 p.m. - Galavision - Atlas vs. San Luis
10:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Chivas USA vs. D.C. United
10:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire