PL Preview: When should Arsenal start to panic, the relegation nine pointer and the Jose derby

On paper there aren’t as many standout games as we had last weekend in the Premier League.

But it’ll no doubt throw up controversy, that is part and parcel of the VAR world we live in now.

And there are some highly important games even at this early stage.

Here is a look at the main pointers going into the weekend

Arteta clearly needs time but will he get it? Will Arsenal’s hierarchy soon start to panic

Everyone expected the re-build at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta to take some time, but I’m sure the Gunners faithful didn’t expect the current situation.

One win in five and just one goal scored in those games is not the Arsenal we’ve known.

Even under Wenger and Emery they had become acustom to having a leaky backline, while still be able to showing attacking brilliance and score goals.

But that has deserted them in recent weeks as they struggle to show anything going forward.

They host Wolves on Sunday hoping for a change in fortunes ahead of December and a busy Christmas schedule.

Arteta has the firepower in his armoury to drag the Gunners up the table and he needs them to start showing what they’ve got sooner rather than later.

Potentially the game of the weekend?

When looking at the fixture lists I would say Everton at home to Leeds on Saturday tea time has the makings of the game of the weekend.

Leeds are desperate to find that form that set them up so well earlier in the campaign, and arguably should have taken all three points from Arsenal last week.

Then Everton, who went to the summit of the league early on returned to winning ways last week.

Both managers are hold hands and tactically geniuses, so make no mistake this will be a tactical battle.

But you’d like to think that will lead to goals.

Leeds were gung ho scoring goals while leaking them too. Now up to last week they have been leaking them without scoring at the other end.

Is there such a thing as a relegation nine pointer?

Chalk and cheese is one way to describe Sheffield United this season compared to last.

Taking on all comers to not being able to buy a win.

One point from nine games is as bad as it could have got for Chris Wilder’s men.

Much like their opponents on Saturday they haven’t been far away.

So far both sides have been the nearly men so far this season, coming close to the odd point and in Albion’s case, victories.

But in the Premier League you get nothing from being ‘not far off’.

We’ve heard of a relegation six pointer, this could possible be a relegation nine pointer.

Another cliche from the handbook for managers down the bottom is ‘you’ve got to beat the sides around you’.

This game smacks of that.

A win for United kick starts there season, and it would do so for Albion ahead of another big game with Crystal Palace.

The Jose derby

Despite my opinion earlier on this game is the standout one on paper.

Spurs are on fire under Jose Mourinho as the Special One continues to put his own stamp on the North London club.

A win on Sunday would put them clear at the top, but despite the early season criticism of Frank Lampard his Chelsea side could go top with a victory.

With the money the Blues spent in the summer any further negative results after a shaky start would have raised alarm bells at the bridge.

Personally I’d say the tactical intelligence of Mourinho could help Spurs edge this one.

But far too many times a ‘Super Sunday’ game has been anything but super. I suspect this might be one of those games.

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