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The eight Arsenal players guaranteed to be in Mikel Arteta’s Premier League team next season

Things are on the up for Arsenal right now.

After an awful start to the season which saw them lose their opening three matches of the campaign, the Gunners have gone 10 games unbeaten in all competitions.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about the recent run is how few changes Mikel Arteta has made to his starting line up.

With no European football the Spaniard has been able to take advantage of the increased fitness of his side to field a relatively similar XI each week that has helped build a sense of unity and cohesion around the Emirates.

While most of the places in the team seem to be set, there is little indication that the transfer spending is set to end any time soon.

Both Josh Kroenke and Edu have indicated that if they are to see through the project they have embarked upon in North London, then more recruits will be required.

But who will have to make way?

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Things are on the up for Arsenal right now.

 

After an awful start to the season which saw them lose their opening three matches of the campaign, the Gunners have gone 10 games unbeaten in all competitions.

 

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about the recent run is how few changes Mikel Arteta has made to his starting line up.

 

With no European football the Spaniard has been able to take advantage of the increased fitness of his side to field a relatively similar XI each week that has helped build a sense of unity and cohesion around the Emirates.

 

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While most of the places in the team seem to be set, there is little indication that the transfer spending is set to end any time soon.

 

Both Josh Kroenke and Edu have indicated that if they are to see through the project they have embarked upon in North London, then more recruits will be required.

 

 

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But who will have to make way?

 

Here football.london takes a look at the players guaranteed to be in the starting line up come the first day of the 2022/23 campaign.

Aaron Ramsdale

Most people baulked at the £24million Arsenal paid Sheffield United to secure the services of Aaron Ramsdale.

The 23-year-old had just come off of back-to-back relegations with the Blades and Bournemouth, with many believing he would be little more than a back up.

Almost immediately though the England ‘keeper has set about proving his doubters wrong cementing himself as the number one ahead of Bernd Leno.

His line breaking distribution has transformed the way Arsenal build from the back while his 83% save record in his first few games has been outstanding.

He is still yet to lose a match for the Gunners and with Leno likely to leave in the summer it will be a matter of time before Ramsdale is handed the number one shirt at club level to reward the fine form he has shown at the Emirates.

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Takehiro Tomiyasu

Despite having plenty of options at right back in Cedric, Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mikel Arteta had never quite managed to find the ideal player he wanted for the position.

With Kieran Tierney being such an offensive presence on the left, he wanted to bring balance to the side by having a more defensively solid player who could drift infield to offer an extra passing option in the build up on the opposite side.

For most of the summer transfer window it looked as though his prayers would go unanswered until the arrival of Takehiro Tomiyasu with just minutes to spare on deadline day.

The Japanese international has been a revelation, understanding perfectly his manager’s tactical demands, and bringing a new level of solidity to the Gunners’ backline.

It should be said that Arsenal may well be in the market for another right back next summer to provide Tomiyasu with stiffer competition, with RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams among the names mentioned. But until that happens it’s safe to assume that the 23-year-old will be starting pretty much every game next season.

Gabriel

Despite an impressive start to life in North London in which he won the Arsenal player of the month award in each of his first three months at the club, questions were rife about Gabriel going into this campaign.

The Brazilian had shown a rashness and inconsistency to his game that was perhaps to be expected for someone at just 23-years-of-age.

As someone so young it was also unclear how he would get on without the experienced presence of David Luiz alongside him in the back four.

But almost immediately Gabriel has been able to answer those questions in emphatic style, emerging as an unexpected leader in the backline.

With pace, physicality, aerial prowess and considerable ability on the ball, the Brazilian has everything it takes to be a world class defender, and will be a linchpin of Mikel Arteta’s project going forward.

Ben White

Like his partner Gabriel, there were plenty of doubts over the ability of Ben White going into the season.

The £50 million price tag raised plenty of concerns before a shakey debut against Brentford left many fearing the worst for the England international.

But after a bout of COVID-19 the 24-year-old has bounced back to become an essential part of the Arsenal back line.

Aside from being superb on the ball, White has the ability to beat the opposition press by carrying it forward in a manner that makes the Gunners build up very difficult to stop.

Perhaps the potential obstacle to his nailed on place in the starting XI next season is the return of William Saliba, but with the Frenchman’s future far from certain, it’s safe to say that White will continue to be a crucial cog in what Mikel Arteta wants to do at the Emirates.