Unai Emery knows another season without Champions League football could see him get the chop but how have his players fared thus far?
Bern Leno – 7
Playing behind the Gunners’ leaky defence can’t be easy but Leno has been solid. Has made more saves (34) than any other goalkeeper in the Prem and only made one error leading to a goal.
Sead Kolasinac – 5
Defensively unconvincing and probably won’t get a look in after international break if Kieran Tierney stays fit. His passing often lets him down as does his final ball when he gets to the byline.
David Luiz – 6
Hasn’t been as bad as been made out. Admittedly poor decision making has seen him concede two penalties but has had to adapt to having minimal protection from midfield. Gets a 6 because he scored a crucial winner against Bournemouth.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos – 5
His spirit and will to win is never in question but he always seems to be on the verge of doing something reckless. The Greek international’s place is under threat from Rob Holding if he can’t get it together soon.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 6
Harsh to criticise the youngster who has never played in his natural position. Adapts generally well and was fortunate to be bailed out after naive red card against Aston Villa. Will lose his place now that Hector Bellerin is back.
Granit Xhaka – 3
Unai Emery seems to want Xhaka to do a job that he simply is not capable of. Will he ever learn how to tackle without getting booked? Probably not. Has conceded 18 fouls and earned four yellow cards in seven games.
Matteo Guendouzi – 8
The young Frenchman has been a breath of fresh air. Determined, dynamic and threatening to add goals to his game. Has a couple of assists and looks to have become a fixture in Emery’s starting XI. Just needs to cut out the theatrics.
Nicolas Pepe – 5
Still adapting to the Premier League after £72m move but has shown flashes of genius. Needs to kick on after the international break because he’s in danger of being shown up by 18-year-old Bukayo Saka.
Dani Ceballos – 6
Industrious nature is liked by Unai Emery but needs to create more to fulfil the role fully. Easy to see why the club want to sign him on permanent basis but whether Real Madrid will let him go remains to be seen.
Joe Willock – 7
Exciting prospect with a serious engine on him. Goal threat from midfield has seen him likened to Aaron Ramsey.
Bukayo Saka – 7
Another youngster to have come through the academy with huge potential. Has not looked out of his depth once, even at Old Trafford.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang – 9
A lethal mixture of Thierry Henry and Ian Wright, who could easily top the Premier League scoring charts this season. A truly world class striker who crucially never seems to get injured.
Alexandre Lacazette – N/A
Scored two goals, a typically instinctive finish against Spurs but has missed the last six games with an ankle injury. Should be back for Sheffield United.