After a summer of expenditure in the transfer market, hopes were high that Arsenal finally had a squad to challenge on all fronts this term for the first season in recent memory.
Despite the early season form of Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez, the North London club have experienced the same old problems of late.
A lack of strength in depth has blighted the Gunners in recent campaigns, with injuries to key men seeing players deployed out of position and occasionally out of their depth.
Defensive injuries mean that Nacho Monreal has had to play at centre-half, while youngster Calum Chambers has been thrown into the breach after switching from Southampton.
Following the departure of Bacary Sagna in the off-season, bringing in a new right-back was key for Arsene Wenger, with the arrival of Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle as a result.
However, the France international has suffered from injuries and as such has only played four games this term. Debuchy was not subtle in his desire to leave St James’ Park in the summer and pushed for a move to North London – something of a slap in the face to Newcastle.
The Tyneside club recuperated a fee in the region of £12 million for the former Lille full-back and spent around half of this on his replacement, Daryl Janmaat.
The Netherlands international was coming off the back of a positive World Cup campaign, having impressed over a number of seasons at Feyenoord.
Janmaat had big shoes to fill given Debuchy’s performances for Newcastle, especially on the front foot, but early signs indicate that Newcastle have carried out a very astute piece of business.
The 25-year-old provided both assists in Newcastle’s 2-0 win over West Brom at the weekend and has slotted into Alan Pardew’s defence almost seamlessly.
With Debuchy’s showings at the World Cup questionable and Janmaat available for cut-price fee in the summer, Newcastle seem to have got a much better deal than the Gunners in filling their right-back berth.