By Avenell Dave
Three points in the bag?
Let's hope no Arsenal player thinks that as the final international break of the year comes to an end.
Even I had forgotten that Norwich got a 3-3 draw at our place late last season and we simply can't let that happen again.
Apart from the boredom of international breaks and the inevitable fear that we'll lose players to injury, you never really know how it will affect teams upon the restart of proper club competition.
Sometimes, teams act as if nothing has changed but sometimes it disrupts their rythmn and we have to hope tha in the case of Ch*vski, T*tt*nh*m (shame they play each other) Citeh and M*nure, that is the case.
What is most important is that we get back to winning ways and put pressure on those sides above us.
While the very least we expect/hope from this season is to finish in the top four, a title challenge means we need to be winning 'winnable' games and bing in a good position in terms of form and fitness ahead of the rival matches such as M*nure in a few weeks.
With Theo Walcott injured, we lose one of our fine attacking options from the bench - maybe it will provide the England winger and Le Boss the time needed to get a contract sorted, but in his absence I imagine AA23 will join the subs.
Other than that, Alex Oxlande-Chamberlain's England exertions mean that he'll probably not start the game and the injured Kieran Gibbs will be replaced by Andre Santos of course.
Will Olivier Giroud be buzzing and score more goals after his last minute leveller in Spain?
With our best defender this season, Per Mertesacker, be hampered by the haunting memory of letting a four goal lead slip in Berlin?
Will Aaron Ramsey ever win over the deluded doubters that think he's never going to be good enough?
Will Jack Wilshere get a place on the bench (I really hope not because he has to be eased in and the League Cup game against Reading seems to be the best place assuming he has no setbacks).
This is a game we should win of course. Norwich are winless this season, but unlike us, most of their players won't have been away on international duty.
In Grant Holt, they have an Andy Carroll-like ball winner who has scored his fair share of goals.
Anything other than a win here is not going to be good enough and if we focus on playing our game, we're certainly more than capable of making this an easy evening of viewing.
But this is Arsenal, and anything could happen.
Jenkinson Mertesacker Vermaelen Santos
Cazorla Arteta Ramsey
Gervinho Giroud Podolski