Our first game of the season saw us claim our sole clean sheet.
A tale eerily familiar to last season, which saw us struggle to shut out opposition with alarming regularity.
Our defence against Newcastle that earned a 1-0 win at St James Park included Calum Chambers, in what was a first start in a Gunners jersey for years for the English centre back.
Since then, new boy David Luiz has come in and partnered Sokratis in the heart of our backline, and we have failed to grab a clean sheet since.
Of course, this isn’t solely down to the Brazilian’s presence in our side. Luiz, Liverpool aside, has been a decent performer for us and hasn’t exactly looked out of place in the eleven.
But when you have a player like Chambers waiting in the wings? Why is Luiz getting the nod?
Chambers played impressively against Newcastle, not giving their star man Joelinton a sniff. Newcastle have since beaten spurs so this is no mean feat, and Chambers had shown in pre-season that he is ready to start.
His loan spell last season at Fulham was a good one despite the Cottager’s relegation, and Chambers earned their Player of the Season award thanks to his adaptable and tenacious displays both in the centre of defence and in the heart of midfield, covering the back four.
He returned to Arsenal and played plenty of minutes in Arsenal’s array of warm up games, and in starting against Newcastle, looked like he was getting his chance.
Now he has missed the last three games. Will Chambers get the nod against Watford and beyond? Rob Holding is close to a return after being out for so long, which would see Chambers fall further down the pecking order. With so many fixtures set to comprise this campaign, Chambers will inevitably get more games, but after playing so well against Newcastle and still being left out, there can’t be much confidence he will get a run of games.
Time will tell over the next few games if Chambers has the confidence of Unai Emery. If Chambers gets back in, then his immediate future looks secure.