With almost a fifth of the Premier League season complete for the majority of teams, the table is starting to take shape and first-choice line-ups are becoming clearer following the closure of the summer transfer window.
For most players, that means regular involvement, either as a starter, substitute or squad member. But what about those on the fringes — or, worse still, out of the picture altogether?
Every club has them — a group of players who have yet to get on the pitch for a single minute in the league this season. Who are they, is this what they would have expected and what happens next?
Cedric, Matt Turner, Reiss Nelson, Matt Smith, Lino Sousa
For the most part, there should not be much surprise with Arsenal’s list. Injuries have held back Cedric and Reiss Nelson.
Nelson was on the bench for the opening game of the season at Crystal Palace, but suffered a setback with a thigh injury and only returned to training last week. The 22-year-old would not have been a starter over Bukayo Saka, but game time will be important for him this year. Heading into this season, he was expected to get chances when suitable.
As for Cedric, Ben White was playing ahead of him at right-back in pre-season. He played for the under-21s against Swansea City last month, but also suffered a setback after being named on the bench four times.
Elsewhere, Matt Turner is very much Aaron Ramsdale’s deputy. He is likely to be the cup goalkeeper, only used in the Premier League if absolutely necessary. Lino Sousa, 17, was named on the bench against Brentford but most likely because Oleksandr Zinchenko was out.
Matt Smith is more interesting as he has amassed 84 senior appearances on loan at Swindon Town, Charlton Athletic and Doncaster Rovers over the past two seasons.