The Gunners boss will know all too well that three points against newly-promoted Norwich is essential if he is to quell the growing feeling of discontent among the Arsenal faithful
Mikel Arteta may have more than just the upcoming home clash against Norwich to save his job in the eyes of the Arsenal hierarchy, but a loss at home to Daniel Farke’s side may be the final straw in the eyes of the Gunners faithful.
The Spaniard will be desperate to prove he is the man to turn the club’s fortunes around after the Gunners have endured the worst start to a season in Premier League history.
Arteta’s men sit rock bottom of the Premier League after three games played, with zero points, zero goals scored and nine goals conceded.
Prior to the international break, the Gunners last league outing was arguably the club’s lowest point since Arteta took charge in December of 2019 – his side convincingly hammered 5-0 by a Manchester City team that barely had to get out of second gear to brush aside an Arsenal squad in absolute disarray.
Currently, many Arsenal fans are clutching on to the fact that their side have been dealt a particularly cruel hand by the fixture machine, playing both the European and league champions in their opening three games.
That caveat has led many to believe that the clash against Norwich represents a chance for Arsenal to truly get their season started and begin to build some momentum.
However, if they are to do so – Arteta must call upon a whole host of talent that have only just arrived in north London, barely having as much as a month to gel as a cohesive unit.
Arsenal recorded their biggest ever transfer outlay this summer, parting ways with around £145m for the signatures of Nuno Tavares, Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Of those six, there is every chance four will feature in the huge clash against Canaries – three of whom would be playing in front of a full Emirates Stadium in a league game for the first time.
Ben White and Sambi Lokonga endured difficult debuts away at Brentford on the opening day of the season as the Gunners were beaten 2-0 by Thomas Franke’s side.
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While Martin Odegaard is familiar with the club after his six-month loan spell last term, he is yet to strut his stuff in front of a capacity crowd in north London.
Recent reports have suggested Aaron Ramsdale could dislodge current first-choice shot-stopper Bernd Leno as early as this weekend, while deadline day addition Takehiro Tomiyasu is allowed to play after his work permit application was given the green light.
Arsenal have been relying upon a number of players who they are desperately trying to offload, such as Sead Kolasinac and Mohamed Elneny.
Unsurprisingly, the level of performance has left a lot to be desired – meaning the visit of Norwich is the time to unleash the summer recruits, kickstart a new era at the Emirates and crucially, buy Arteta time to salvage his job.