Ronaldo does Arteta a favour, Lokonga impresses: 8 things Arsenal fans should look out for this weekend

By Jake Stokes

Arsenal welcome Norwich to the Emirates as either side looks to life themselves from bottom of the Premier League and clinch their first points of the Premier League season.

Mikel Arteta's side have endured a turbulent start to their campaign after a disappointing opening day loss to Thomas Frank's newly-promoted Brentford set the tone.

After a series of defeats, the pressure has been gradually mounting on Arteta as his position at the helm of London Colney is brought into question by troubled Gooners.

However, Arsenal face a unique challenge in overcoming the Canaries in what has been moulded into a massive clash that could hand Arteta his P45 should he walk away with his tail between his legs.

The Spaniard's every move, decision, call, shout and cry will be under the spotlight on Saturday, so The Arsenal Way team has brought you seven things you need to look out for behind Arteta's proverbial 'uncertain future' smoke screen.

Bringing back the Partey atmosphere

Thomas Partey will be hoping he can revive the party atmosphere at the Emirates following his return from injury picked up in pre-season.

The Ghanaian could prove to be the Gunners' missing spark as Arteta looks to reignite his side's fortunes with a win before tough clashes against Burnley and Tottenham to follow.

Come on lets do the 'konga... doo doo doo

Do-do-do, come on and do the 'konga. Do-do-do, it's 'konga night for sure... Albert Sambi Lokonga looks poised to revitalise Arteta's midfield after a fruitful international break away with the Belgium national team.

Roberto Martinez handed the 21-year-old midfielder his senior debut for the Red Devils with a second-half cameo performance versus Estonia in the World Cup qualifiers as Belgium wheeled away 5-2 victors.

Arsenal's Sambi Lokonga in action for Belgium midweek. (Photo by Hendrik Osula/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Lokonga, who arrived in north London this summer for £18 million from Anderlecht, has been a glimmering beacon of hope for Arsenal fans in the early stages of the season and many will be hoping he can guide the Gunners to a much needed win.

It's 'konga it's 'konga night so join the party everyone. The night has just begun...

Ronaldo stealing the limelight

Cristiano Ronaldo's fairytale Manchester United homecoming can serve a short-term benefit to Arsenal, despite the five-time Ballon d'Or winner undoubtedly eyeing a goal upon his return to the Emirates, just like the old days.

With both the Arsenal's and United's fixtures at 15:00 BST on Saturday and not televised in the UK, should Arsenal lose against Norwich, the 36-year-old's potential debut against Newcastle may ease some of the media pressure that would naturally have honed in on Arteta's miserable fortunes.

Tomiyasu in action against Ronaldo back in their Serie A days. (Photo by Daniele Badolato - Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

Albeit, it's only a worst case scenario, but if Farke has Arteta on the ropes, this is definitely something to remember and even note as a conversation starter to bury your sorrows at work on Monday morning.

Will Gabriel find his Mr Right?

No likey, no lighty. Let the pina see the colada. Let the hokey see the cokey. So, as Paddy McGuinness would say, 'if he's not Mr (Ben) White, turn off your light.

Gabriel Magalhães is back available for selection and could ignite an exciting new-found relationship with White in defence, propelling the Gunners from the depths of despair.

Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes in Arsenal training on Monday. (Getty Images)

Arsenal have faced an avalanche of troubles, and goals, in recent weeks so it's worthing seeing whether the pair can strike up the foundations of a budding relationship and seal a weekend away in THE ISLE OF FERNANDO'S.

Aarons reading the script

Max Aarons was a widely reported target of Arsenal this summer as Arteta looked to replenish his stocks at right-back, however a deal failed to materialise and the Gunners welcomed Takehiro Tomiyasu instead.

Football is about narratives. Fans love narratives. The media love narratives. So, it would be only right for the England youth international to the follow the proverbial script and play an instrumental part in deciding the fixture's outcome.

Tomiyasu's move arrival from Bologna in north London doesn't entirley rule out a move for Aarons, with the Japan international regarded as a more defensive-orientated right-back compared to the forward-thinking Aarons.

2016 Royal Rumble reenacted versus Gunnersaurus

Triple H, 14-time WWE champions wrestler, has warned Arsenal they must win games should they be allowed to still use his synonymous walk-out music.

“I’m very excited about that,” Triple H explained in 2020 when asked about his music being used by Arsenal.

"All you have to do at that point is go out and back it up. Anytime you can connect that fanbase to me is great for everybody and I’m thrilled. I thank them for doing it – just make sure you win when you play my music, that’s all.”

However, after a series of poor results with Triple H's music still ringing round the Emirates on a matchday, don't be surprised if the 2016 Royal Rumble champion storms the pitch - just like the Brazil authorities did versus Argentina in the week - and starts an impromptu WWE fight with Gunnersaurus in the centre circle.

Whether Holding was in fact telling the truth

Arsenal have just launched a new campaign where they promote local businesses with players in a bid to raise awareness and endorse companies that have been hit hard following the Covid pandemic.

The Gunners began the campaign by using Rob Holding to feature in an advert with a pub called The Tollington where he was filmed snubbing a beer, instead opting for what looked like a lemonade.

But, it may be worth keeping an eye on deciphering whether the Englishman did actually have a sneaky sip from the pint or not should any hap-hazard decisions arise versus Norwich.

Will you be talking about Ronaldo or having a 'Partey' doing 'konga come Monday morning at work?

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