Mikel Arteta's side have hit a fine vein of form but face a stiff test in the form of Tottenham at the end of a week in which both clubs booked their places in the fourth round of the League Cup.
Derbies tend to be a rather exciting affair and this one promises to be no different, with two of the most popular teams in the English capital set to battle for the ultimate bragging rights.
And ahead of kickoff, GIVEMESPORT have put together a Tiermaker of the two squads to separate the best from the rest.
So without further ado, here is a ranking of every single player available to Arteta and Espirito Santo, ranging from 'World-class' to 'Sell ASAP.'
Need we say any more? These players have proven time and time again that they belong in the top bracket. Proper.
While some Arsenal fans might question why Aubameyang isn't included in the above category, we did say that this was going to be brutal.
If we're being really honest, it seems like the Gabon striker is on the downward trajectory of his career.
10 goals in 23 Premier League games last season is pretty poor especially by his lofty standards.
(Editor's note: We of course reserve the right to change this list as we see fit over the course of the season to cover our backs).
Some of these players may cop an awful lot of stick from opposition fans, but they're equally capable of pulling a rabbit out of a hat at any given time. Put some respect on their names.
Giovanni Lo Celso
Neither here nor there, but somewhere in between.
In other words, players who are middle of the road, but not quite consistent enough to make it to the higher categories just yet for one reason or another.
That's not to say they won't, it's just they aren't there right now.
The most popular category on the list, specifically reserved for young players who are on the cusp of/ or have broken into the first team - with a few exceptions.
Every club has them; the ones that cost a fortune, the ones the board end up paying a premium for only to turn out to be bit-part players at best, the ones that definitely aren't worth anywhere near their Transfermarkt valuation. Some absolute shockers here, mind.
Despite what some of you may think, I think it's safe to say that none of these are future Ballon d'Or winners - sorry, Arsenal fans.
In other words, the 'deadwood' of the transfer window fans have been complaining about for years (and rightfully so, to quote a famous phrase from Sam Matterface).
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