Five Arsenal players guaranteed to be in Mikel Arteta’s XI next season after squad overhaul

Here we take a look at the players guaranteed to be in Mikel Arteta's Arsenal XI in 2022/23 regardless of the club's summer transfer activity

Aaron Ramsdale

It’s been a standout soon for Arsenal’s summer signing who joined the club for a fee in the region of £30million.

Ramsdale’s arrival was met with a mixture of disappointment and surprise on social media, but that quickly dissipated as he usurped Bernd Leno as the club’s no.1 shot stopper.

The Gunners were in the market for a goalkeeper who was able to pass along the backline and play the possession-based game that Mikel Arteta has installed at the club.

“We invest money in talent and people we believe can be great for the future of the club,” said Arteta.

“We made that decision based on that and Aaron has had some really encouraging performances, and today he had some incredible saves to maintain the clean sheet and he needs to continue to do that.

“In football you have to play 50 games for 20 years, and this is only the start.”

Kieran Tierney

Another stalwart of the defence, despite an injury issue early in there season it appears unlikely that the Scot will lose his place in the team again.

Nuno Tavares has shown signs of promise during his early appearances,

“Absolutely there is another character in this dressing room that transmits every value that I would like to transmit to the club and our fans [and it is Kieran],” Arteta told Arsenal Media.

“Again, it is young, hungry, talented, and people with huge desire and again he has all four ingredients – and he didn’t want to talk about anything other than staying here.


The Brazil international has worked hard on his English over the past year and it has shown on the pitch alongside Ben White.

After a tough first season in the Premier League, Gabriel has now become accustomed to English football and there is no doubt that he’s one of the first names on the team sheet.

“I think, more than anything on the pitch, the language was the biggest difficulty for me in terms of adapting,” he says.

“There are a lot of players here who speak French, Portuguese and Spanish but in this country, you have to speak English and that was tough for me.

“My English still isn’t perfect, but it’s definitely a lot better than it was and that’s helping me a lot.”

Ben White

White courted much criticism after Arsenal’s defeat to Brentford on the opening day of the Premier League season, but that perception has quickly changed.

He has formed an impressive partnership with centre back partner Gabriel and looks set to become a mainstay in defence for years to come.

“We brought him because we believe that he can be extraordinary,” Arteta said.

“He doesn’t have that much experience in the league still. He has experience with Leeds and the experience he had with Brighton for a year, so he is not mature in that sense, but he has already shown his qualities and what he can do. The way he has adapted to us is impressive so the potential is there.”

Bukayo Saka

Saka is Arsenal’s starboy.

Goals, assists and a constant supply of energy, the England international offers more to the team in an attacking sense than almost every other player.

Transfer fees spent assembling squads
Manchester City
Manchester United
Leicester City
Newcastle United
Aston Villa
Tottenham Hotspur
Wolverhampton Wanderers
West Ham United
Crystal Palace
Leeds United
Brighton & Hove Albion
Norwich City

He is adored by both the Arsenal supporters and manager, with football.londonexclusively revealing that contract talks are set to begin towards the end of the season.

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