The Gunners opening seven games have been a complete mixed bag. They started with three consecutive defeats - surprisingly to Brentford and then less surprisingly to Chelsea and Man City (5-0).
This was then followed by ground-out wins over Norwich and Burnley before everything seemed to click in that impressive north London derby win over Tottenham.
The Gunners were the inferior side in Saturday's goalless draw at Brighton and remain an enigma when it comes to assessing their direction of travel right now.
On the plus side, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is scoring goals again and the fluidity of their football to sweep aside Spurs, with Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe majestic, offered a glimpse of what it could be like. Martin Odegaard has been pretty good.
But equally the goals aren't exactly flowing and the best sides are still going to inflict serious punishment on deference that rarely inspired confidence.
However, William Salibi who is in his third loan spell away from the club at Marseille - will supposedly be integrated into the first team from next season, with Gunners calls for the 20-year-old to make his long-awaited debut set to be answered.
The arrival of £50m man Ben White means that Saliba's path into the first team will be far from straightforward, although the Frenchman has found that out the hard way since initially joining in 2019.
White has had a few shaky moments in an Arsenal shirt so far but will not give up his place easily, although with Saliba starting the week in week out for an exciting Marseille side, Gunners would hope to see him handed bountiful opportunities alongside Gabriel in defense.
Arsenal possible starting lineup with William Salibi:
Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Calvert-Lewin
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