Saturday’s Premier League action kicks off at the Emirates Stadium as basement boys Arsenal play host to 19th-placed Norwich City.
While Arsenal fight tooth and nail to bounce back from a horrendous start to the season, Manchester City and Manchester United continue their pursuit of top-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
There should be plenty of action-packed football in England’s top-flight this weekend as we present you with the three matches to look forward to on Saturday.
Mikel Arteta’s last-ditch attempt to save his job
Widespread whispers about Arsene Wenger’s sensational return at the helm of Arsenal could pick up momentum if underperforming Gunners fail to outscore sub-par Norwich City on Saturday.
Under-fire manager Mikel Arteta is dancing on a knife-edge as the Londoners head into proceedings nailed to the bottom of the table, pointless and without a single goal to their name.
After losing back-to-back London derbies to bitter rivals Chelsea and competition debutants Brentford, Arsenal were utterly outclassed by reigning holders Manchester City last time out.
A 5-0 thumping at the Etihad saw the Gunners set an unwanted club record of losing their inaugural three games of a new league campaign without scoring for the first time.
Arteta’s future in the capital is hanging by a thread as warm relegation candidates Norwich arrive at the Emirates for this bottom-of-the-table showdown.
Despite his side’s lackluster showings at the beginning of the season, the Spaniard can fall back on Arsenal’s run of four consecutive home top-flight H2H triumphs.
Since going down 4-2 at Highbury in their first-ever Premier League match in August 1992, the Gunners have gone undefeated in their subsequent eight league H2Hs on home turf (W6, D2), netting 24 goals in the process.
To put it simply, this is a must-win game for Arsenal.
Tricky affair at King Power
Arguably the most highly anticipated fixture on Saturday’s Premier League football schedule takes place at the King Power Stadium as Leicester City lock horns with a rampant Manchester City side.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have alternated victory (2) and defeat across their opening three top-flight outings this term, prevailing by a single-goal margin in both triumphs.
The Foxes will need to put that fighting spirit in motion if they are to bring a two-game losing home Premier League streak in H2Hs to a halt and improve upon last season’s heartbreaking fifth-place finish.
Leicester came out 5-2 victors in their first-half-of-the-season meeting with Man City back in 2020/21, but the prospect of replicating that feat this time around looks far-fetched.
Indeed, Pep Guardiola’s side have hit the ground running since losing 1-0 away to Tottenham on the opening weekend, racking up back-to-back 5-0 wins over Norwich City and Arsenal, respectively.
But the hosts can draw confidence from ousting the Citizens in their most recent competitive encounter, eking out a 1-0 win in the Community Shield showpiece in August.
Prodigal son returns home
It’s been 12 years since the Old Trafford faithful last had an opportunity to witness Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliance in the red shirt first-hand.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner left Manchester United to join Real Madrid in a blockbuster deal in 2009 and the rest is history.
After spending a topsy-turvy three years at Juventus, the veteran superstar has decided to reunite with his beloved Red Devils as part of his efforts to compete for major silverware.
After becoming the highest goalscorer in men’s international football with a quick-fire double against Ireland last weekend, Ronaldo prepares to take the Premier League by storm again.
Cristiano’s first debut for United invokes pleasant memories as the Red Devils brushed Bolton Wanderers aside with a comprehensive 4-0 victory at Old Trafford.
The Theatre of Dreams crowd will be desperate to revive those feelings when out-of-sorts Newcastle United arrive on Saturday.
Odds-on pre-match favorites, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have made light work of their recent top-flight H2Hs on home turf, winning the last four on the spin by an aggregate score of 14-4.
Given Newcastle’s sluggish start to the season, the Red Devils fans could be in for a treat as 36-year-old Ronaldo looks to unveil himself to the Old Trafford faithful with a bang.