Having been appointed as the successor to Unai Emery, Arteta watched his side earn a share of the spoils away at Bournemouth on Boxing Day courtesy of a second-half equaliser from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, despite avoiding defeat on their travels for the second successive game, the Gunners sit in the bottom half of the standings heading into the weekend.
London rivals Chelsea are in fourth position, although Frank Lampard's team missed out on the chance to hold a bigger advantage in the final Champions League place after losing 2-0 at home to Southampton earlier this week.
Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the two squads, using only players available for Sunday's game.
While Arsenal have looked fragile at the back this season, it has not been the doing of Bernd Leno, with the German undoubtedly keeping scorelines respectable having had to contend with the most shots in the Premier League this season.
Choosing the creative midfield three requires more thought, although we cannot ignore the recent form of Willian and the goal return of Aubameyang, making them logical picks on the flanks.
Given his extra work-rate, we would go for Mason Mount over Mesut Ozil, with the academy graduate more reliable when it comes to pressing the opposition defence.
Nevertheless, despite going three games without a goal, we feel obliged to pick Abraham, who has 13 strikes in the Premier League and Champions League this season.