Arsenal 0-3 Aston Villa: Ranking Mikel Arteta's squad from 'world-class' to 'get in the bin'

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal are not in the best place right now...

Arsenal's start to the season can be defined by the old saying 'chalk and cheese'.

Eight days ago, Gunners fans and Mikel Arteta were jubilant after the club's 1-0 win over bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.

This morning, the mood is decidedly different following the north London side's humiliation at the hands of Aston Villa.

Dean Smith's side romped to a 3-0 victory at the Emirates, a Bukayo Saka own goal and a brace from Ollie Watkins sealing the visitors' emphatic victory.

Thankfully for Arteta, he now has an international break to work with his team to try and get them firing once again, especially from an attacking perspective.

Arteta watches on vs Villa

But just how good is the squad of players available to the Spanish manager? By our estimations, not great at all.

Using Tiermaker, we've ranked the Arsenal squad in categories ranging from 'world-class' to 'get in the bin'.

Unfortunately, Willian was unavailable on Tiermaker. After the Brazilian's woeful display versus Villa, he's firmly in the 'get in the bin' section.

Gabriel Magalhaes was also unavailable, but the summer signing from Lille has been far from a flop and features in the 'keep' category.

Tiermaker of Arsenal's squad

Arsenal Tiermaker

World-class: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang & Thomas Partey

Despite his poor form this season, we all know Aubameyang is world-class. Partey has already proven in his short time at Arsenal that he's probably too good for the club.

Keep: Hector Bellerin, Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli, Kieran Tierney, Bukayo Saka & Gabriel Magalhaes*

These are players that Arteta needs to build his team around. The sooner Martinelli is back the better, while Saka needs to be playing in midfield or as a winger, not as a left-wing back.

Bellerin in action

Why is he not playing?!: Mesut Ozil, William Saliba, Eddie Nketiah, Nicolas Pepe & Joe Willock

Pepe and Willock should both be in Arteta's starting XI right now, while Ozil and Saliba's exclusions are getting more baffling with each passing week.

Squad player: Pablo Mari, Dani Ceballos, Rob Holding & Granit Xhaka

All four of these players are solid options to have in the squad. However, if Arsenal are to progress as a team, you feel none of this quartet will be at the heart of the improvement.

Ceballos in action

Potential: Reiss Nelson, Alex Runarsson & Emile Smith-Rowe

All three of these players have serious potential and it'll be interesting to see how they perform when handed opportunities throughout the 2020/21 season.

Making up the numbers: Mohamed Elneny, David Luiz & Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Let's not kid ourselves, Elneny is simply not good enough for Arsenal and neither is Luiz. Maitland-Niles is a useful option to have from the bench, but the guy needs a move away from Arsenal to make the most of his playing career.

Elneny in action

Get in the bin!: Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac, Cedric Soares, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi & Willian*

Kolasinac, Cedric, Sokratis and Mustafi are four defenders that should be nowhere near the Arsenal squad. Lacazette has gone full 'Fernando Torres at Chelsea', while Willian is currently stating a case for being the worst free transfer in Premier League history.

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