January was Mikel Arteta’s first full month in charge of Arsenal, so how did the players rate?

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Bernd Leno of Arsenal dives for the ball as Jordan Ayew of Crystal Palace (out of frame) scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
(Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

January was a month made up of Arsenal not losing (P6 W3 D3 L0, with three of those games away) and a vast improvement in terms of attitude, application, and ability to understand what they were supposed to do compared to the dross Unai Emery served on a regular basis.

When you think about it, a month unbeaten is quite an achievement for this side so soon after getting rid of the Basque fraudster who seems incapable of seeing the role he played in his own downfall at Arsenal.

You can see Emery’s final month’s player ratings here:

Unai Emery’s final Arsenal game: Player Ratings vs Frankfurt

Here’s how the players rated in January, in descending order:

Bukayo Saka 7.88
Hector Bellerin 7.5
Granit Xhaka 7.25
Joe Willock 7.25
Gabriel Martinelli 7.2
Ainsley Maitland-Niles 7.16
Nicolas Pepe 7.16
Lucas Torreira 7.12
Reiss Nelson 7
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 7
Dani Ceballos 7
Eddie Nketiah 7
Alexandre Lacazette 6.8
Sead Kolasinac 6.66
Matteo Guendouzi 6.62
Bernd Leno 6.5
Emi Martinez 6.5
Mesut Ozil 6.5
Sokratis 6.375
David Luiz 6.2
Shkodran Mustafi 6.16
Rob Holding 5.66
Calum Chambers 0
Kieran Tierney 0
Emile Smith-Rowe 0
Dinos Mavropanos 0


And here is how they are doing this season so far, ordered by total points:

Nicolas Pepe 177.5
Lucas Torreira 171
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 165.5
Bernd Leno 161.5
Matteo Guendouzi 159.5
Joe Willock 155.5
Gabriel Martinelli 150.5
Bukayo Saka 145
David Luiz 136
Granit Xhaka 132
Alexandre Lacazette 122
Sokratis 117.5
Mesut Ozil 116.5
Calum Chambers 111
Ainsley Maitland-Niles 109
Dani Ceballos 109
Sead Kolasinac 92
Shkodran Mustafi 81.5
Reiss Nelson 76
Kieran Tierney 68.5
Emi Martinez 63
Hector Bellerin 57.5
Rob Holding 52.5
Emile Smith Rowe 38.5
Nacho Monreal 17.5
Eddie Nketiah 14
Henrikh Mkhitryan 13.5
Dinos Mavropanos 4
Pablo Mari 0