The seven Arsenal players who are Mikel Arteta’s untouchables

With a lot of players poised to depart the club, Mikel Arteta will continue to face difficult choices.

In recent weeks, Arsenal’s form has improved under Mikel Arteta.

Following strong victory over Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, and Aston Villa, the Gunners are on a ten-game undefeated streak.

Arteta’s squad has a challenging November and December schedule ahead of them, with Liverpool, Manchester United, and West Ham among their opponents.

 

Arteta and technical director Edu have fine-tuned their first-team roster to the point where many players will almost certainly be featured from the start after spending over £150 million in the summer transfer window.

 

Football.london looks at seven players who will be in Arteta’s starting lineup next season.

Aaron Ramsdale

Ramsdale took over as Arsenal’s number one goalkeeper from Bernd Leno only weeks after joining the club, and he hasn’t looked back since.

His communication skills and ability to play out from the back have pleased the England international.

After Ramsdale’s miraculous save against Leicester, Arteta told reporters, “We spend money on talent and individuals we feel can be great for the future of the club.”

 

“On that basis, we made that choice, and Aaron has had some extremely good performances.”

 

Takehiro Tomiyasu,

Tomiyasu has already played 692 Premier League minutes after joining from Bologna for £17 million in the summer.

Arteta, a Japan international, is a regular at right back and recently commented about how well he has adjusted to life in the Premier League.

 

“I’m blown away; he’s done it in such a natural manner.” When you look at him, you can’t help but grin because of how he communicates and acts.

 

“We asked him to come in and play after two days against Norwich, then we travelled to Burnley, then the North London Derby… It hasn’t been easy for him.” Much has transpired, and I am really pleased with him.

 

“For me, [the Premier League] is the most difficult to adjust to, as well as the most difficult to remain at the top.” That is the problem.”

Gabriel

The Brazilian was out for the opening few games of the season due to injury, but he has swiftly recovered to establish a powerful defensive pairing with Ben White.

Along with the England international, he is likely to be the first choice center defender.

Gabriel told Sky Sports, “It was a year of learning.”

“Of course, the team had a horrible run, but I got off to a strong start, and I believe I had a decent year altogether.” This year, I’ve learnt a lot and have grown as a player. I’m also more familiar with the league.”

Ben White 

Many individuals questioned if the £50 million price tag was wise business decision.

White, on the other hand, has settled into his role as a crucial defender at Arsenal and appears cool on the ball beside Gabriel.

Arteta stated of White, “We brought him because we feel he can be outstanding.”

“He still doesn’t have a lot of experience in the league.” He has experience with Leeds and a year with Brighton, so he is not mature in that sense, but he has already shown his traits and abilities.

“His ability to adapt to us is outstanding, therefore there is a promise.”

 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Despite a lackluster few months in terms of form, Aubameyang remains one of Europe’s most intriguing attackers.

He is Arsenal’s captain and has a long-term deal with the club, and the exits of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah will exacerbate his role as the team’s focal point up front.

Partey, Thomas
Last season, the Ghana midfielder was plagued by injury issues, but he is back in full force for the current campaign.

Arteta’s attitude is defined by his forceful runs and progressive passes, and he has been dubbed the ‘anchor’ by the Spaniard.

When asked how large of a part Partey can play this season, Arteta answered, “He has been missed for the previous year or so, since he missed about six months of competition last year, which is a lot, because he arrived very late in the transfer window as well.”

“He is a guy who must be a leader, the boss in midfield, and one of the older players who must take responsibility for the younger players and guide them.” We’ve been sorely lacking in that department.”

Saka Bukayo

Saka’s challenging summer with England made it all the more vital that he returned to the first team with everyone’s backing.

“He has gotten a lot of love and support from throughout the globe of football, not just from Arsenal but also from the national team and all English supporters, because he doesn’t deserve what he has gone through,” Arteta said.

 

Due to his exceptional technical talent and relentless workrate, the England international remains an important player for Arsenal and one of the first names on the team sheet.

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