With the summer transfer window now done and dusted, managers and players alike know where they stand until January.
While other clubs were busy strengthening in the summer, Arsenal were shockingly quiet as they were the only side in Europe's top five leagues not to sign an outfield player.
It was disappointing for the fans; with them expecting a busy window of recruiting as they eyed a Premier League title challenge this season. Despite the lack of new faces, though, they still boast a strong squad and there are several players who face a battle to see first-team football.
We decided to take a look at the four Arsenal players who will have to up their game to be regulars under Arsene Wenger this season and beyond.
Signed from Newcastle United last summer, the French full-back looked to be the perfect replacement for Bacary Sagna for the Gunners in his early days at the club. However, an injury saw him ruled out and young defender Hector Bellerin come in, impressing and earning many plaudits. Indeed, he has started this season in a similar vein, and Debuchy now faces a fight to win his place back.
The Arsenal club captain will struggle to see much game time this season after the emergence of Francis Coquelin. The young Frenchman has quickly become a key player, with his defensive nous countering the desire of the more attack-minded players to push forward perfectly. When he’s missing, the side miss the power and running he has in that role, something Arteta simply cannot replicate at his age.
The Gunners have a number of midfielders at their disposal, and with Wenger having settled on a midfield three of Coquelin, Cazorla and Ramsey, which has been highly effective, it is hard to see where Rosicky could come in. With Jack Wilshere also a contender when fit, that puts him further down the pecking order.
A controversial choice perhaps given he looks set to spend a large portion of the season on the treatment table, but Welbeck faces a fight when he does eventually return. Olivier Giroud is arguably the Gunners’ first choice centre forward, while Theo Walcott has been deployed more centrally this season - and will get further opportunities with options in that area limited.
With Giroud and Walcott keen to prove why Arsene Wenger didn’t need to sign another forward in the summer, Welbeck will have to hit the ground running to get back into both the Arsenal side, and England’s ahead of Euro 2016.