Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given the club a glimpse of the future by saying he could leave the club when his contract expires in two years' time. The Frenchman has been in charge of the Gunners since September 1996 but is currently overseeing a seven-year trophy drought.
That prompted previously unthinkable scenes last term, as some Arsenal fans turned on Wenger with chants of "you don't know what you're doing".
And the departure of then captain and star striker Robin van Persie in pre-season - the latest in a line of Gunners skippers to leave the London side - to Premier League giants Manchester United, sparked fresh concerns.
Those will only be intensified if Arsenal drop points to a newly promoted Southampton side at the Emirates on Saturday, with the visitors bottom of the table and the only team in the division still without a point. "I'm an Arsenal man," said the 62-year-old Wenger. "I think I've always shown that. I have to consider if I do well or not. If I don't do well, I have to consider my future."
Table-toppers Chelsea, the Champions League holders, make the short journey to local rivals Queens Park Rangers with the only played three, won three record in the Premier League. Reigning champions Manchester City will hope to welcome back Argentina striker Sergio Aguero for the tricky trip to an always obdurate Stoke.
Meanwhile United great Peter Schmeichel is looking forward to van Persie, who has scored four goals in his first three appearances for Alex Ferguson's side, continuing his form against Wigan.