Norwich, Norwich, Norwich.
Fans can talk all they want about Arsenal’s summer transfer window and what they were able to do on deadline day, but in the end, that doesn’t really mean a whole lot. The international break has given us all some time to sit back and dwell on what our clubs are getting up to both on and off the pitch but in reality, it probably doesn’t matter what Mikel Arteta has been doing with regards to incomings and outgoings.
We all want to believe the Spaniard can turn things around in a big way because, well, what other choice do we have than to hit and hope? Unfortunately the long-awaited loan departure of Hector Bellerin just doesn’t really feel like the headline-maker it needs to be and instead, we’re focusing all of our attention on September 11th – aka Arsenal’s next Premier League fixture, at home to Norwich.
The Canaries are one of three teams, alongside Wolves and Arsenal, to not register a single point in their first three league games this season. The big difference between Norwich and the other two, though, is that they’re nailed on favourites in the eyes of many to go down to the Championship.
Arsenal aren’t expected to be anywhere near that conversation in a realistic sense, but if they want to start avoiding that topic becoming more serious, they need to beat Norwich. Oh, and if Mikel Arteta is serious about keeping himself in a job, not winning here would almost certainly ensure the end of his tenure – for better or worse.
What matters more – the summer transfer window or Norwich City?