Things are going to get mightily interesting when certain members of the squad return to fitness.

If things remain the same in terms of squad numbers before the transfer window shuts, Mikel Arteta will have plenty to ponder when it comes to naming his eleven each week.

In midfield his options are a little limited, but he has the likes of Xhaka, Guendouzi. Ceballos, Elneny and Torreira – correct at the time of writing.

In defence though, we have lots to choose from.

Arsenal seem to be favouring three at the back right now, and through injury, the favoured trio are new boy Gabriel Magalhaes alongside the experienced David Luiz and Rob Holding.

The two missing out are Sokratis and the talented but inexperienced William Saliba.

Then we also have the injured Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers.

On form last season, Mustafi was deservedly in the eleven. But things have changed since then, and Gabriel seems to have taken to his new surroundings instantly and is linking well with his defensive brethren. David Luiz is reinvigorated under Arteta and his vast experience and his camaraderie with his team mates is another reason why he is holding down a place in the first team.

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Bobby Holding has not put a foot wrong since coming back into the side – but what about when Chambers returns?

The currently recovering Chambers was among our best players when he was last fit, but a cruel knee injury put paid to his renaissance at Arsenal. If Chambers can return to that level, he is a rival to Holding for that spot – and his hunger to do so will be burning brightly during his recuperation.

Quite simply, we need to shed some of the players that we have – and it is abundantly clear that Sokratis is not part of Arteta’s plans – but the window doesn’t have long to go before it slams shut.

Even if Arsenal do manage to sell Sokratis and Mustafi – who does Arteta go with for his preferred back three? Eventually, Saliba will be in the running and is very much the future of our defence along with Magalhaes.

It seems a straight fight between Holding and Chambers to remain a part of Arsenal in the future – and this season will tell us as much about these two players as it does about Arteta’s ability to keep a brimming squad happy.

It makes a change for Arsenal to be well stocked in defence, at the very least!