Many would argue that a stroke of luck in the transfer market which led to the Tyneside club signing the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote on the cheap, made Pardew look better than he is and have helped in prolonging his stay. Now that the dust has settled, his tactical and man-management deficiencies seem to be showing him up for what he really is.
For all the talk of Ozil needing pace to be able to make the most of his creative abilities, given his current form and inability to do the small things properly, the return of Walcott could - perhaps should - see Ozil lose his starting place.
When Filipe Luis signed for Chelsea over the summer, some felt it was time for Branislav Ivanovic to revert to centre-back, with César Azpilizueta moving to his favoured role on the right. However, three games into the Premier League season and Ivanovic has once more shown why he is the Blues' starting right-back.
The talk at the start of the season was that Everton had done the best summer business they possibly could have done - possibly the smartest in the league. They were, it was said, serious top four contenders and they'd trouble the best sides over and over again. After three games, they've reached the lofty heights of 17th in the Premier League.
Welbeck will get goals for Arsenal and it won't take him very long to find his shooting boots. £16 million what a bargain! Exciting times for Arsenal fans, if Arsenal are in a similar position to where they were last season come January and they actually decide to buy that strong holding midfielder everyone has been talking about then the title challenge is well and truly on.
The first 'month' of the Premier League season is over and it's fair to say there have already been a number of surprises. The least shocking outcome from the three matches thus far, perhaps, sees favourites prior to the season Chelsea sitting pretty at the top.
Tottenham's spending spree last summer had a number of players fearing for their future at White Hart Lane... One player somewhat forgotten about in the mayhem was midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson... yet despite making 58 league appearances during his two-year spell in north London, the 24-year-old never really established himself as a first-team regular.
You have spent £150million in a transfer window, won no competitive games as of yet, saw three of your four top defenders leave and decide to bring replacements in at the last minute, and lose 4-0 in a cup game to a League One side - good luck Van Gaal.
The statistics are worrying at best. Of the 4,500 players in the Football League (that includes scholars and academy players), only four are of South Asian decent. And in the richest league in the world, the Premier League, there are only three; Neil Taylor at Swansea and brothers Adil and Samir Nab at West Brom.
As I write this blog, we have already exceeded last August's spending spree of £635million, and with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal being urged by fans to buy some new players before the window closes, I don't see why we can't reach the £1billion mark.
With the relationship between Sam Allardyce, the West Ham board and fans forced to near breaking point at the start of the year the future at Upton Park didn't look too bright. The club stuck by the manager and Allardyce eventually steered the Hammers to a 13th placed finish, but rumours of unrest behind the scenes persisted going into the summer.
Naismith is Everton's highest rated player having scored in each of their opening league games against Leicester and Arsenal... His performance in Everton's 3-1 win over Fulham was lauded as one of the best substitute appearances in the league last season... Do you consider Steven Naismith to be Everton's unsung hero?
Balotelli sounds like the perfect replacement for Suarez, but it's his on-the-pitch attitude that will lead to him coming up short in replacing the Uruguayan in Scouse hearts... For all his teething problems and penchant for diving, you never hear the word "lazy" and "Luis Suarez" in the same sentence.
It's all well and good signing players who can score goals and it's not surprising that the most expensive transfers tend to be attack minded players... In what could well be the most exciting season yet, here's seven defenders who simply must perform this season and what's at stake if they don't.
The LMA now see themselves representing 92 league managers without a single black man among their ranks. Small wonder there are no openly gay professional footballers in England... You want to see discrimination eradicated in football? You want to make football a place for everyone? Don't stand by. Do your bit. Kick it out.
Arsenal fans need to start considering what sort of football club they want to be. Wenger will forever be enshrined in their proud history, but is he the man to take them forward? His careful stewardship has seen The Gunners enjoy many incredible times. However, just one solitary FA Cup win since 2005 tells its own story.