For Arsenal, it has been a season full of promise. Despite failing to secure Premier League gold down the home stretch, there has been a lot to like about Mikel Arteta’s project. The Gunners have a solid core of young players and with the right summer recruitment, they could go one better next season. Almost all of the squad leave the 2022/2023 campaign with enhanced reputations and there will no doubt be many inclusions in the Premier League team of the season. Here, Express Sport takes a look back to the season just gone and assesses each first-team player’s performances with a rating out of 10.
Every Arsenal player to have made an appearance in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup or Carabao Cup has been given will be assessed, unless there is not enough evidence to give a rating, in which case a ‘N/A’ will be marked next to their name.
Aaron Ramsdale 8/10 – Dropped a couple of clangers this season but has been outstanding for the majority. The Englishman is one of the best shot-stoppers in the league and has built up an impressive highlight reel of sensational saves.
Matt Turner 6/10 – Doesn’t look extremely confident playing the ball from out the back but is a solid backup nevertheless and has plenty of time to be moulded into a modern goalkeeper.
Karl Hein N/A – Probably one of the worst Arsenal debuts in recent memory against Brighton in the League Cup. However, Hein didn’t get enough game time this season to receive an accurate rating.
William Saliba 9/10 – Absolutely critical to Arsenal’s defensive stability. When he was sidelined by injury at the end of the season, The Gunners missed him massively. Saliba’s pace, strength and one on one defending are up there with the very best in the world. Now, all Arsenal need to do is extend his contract.
Ben White 8/10 – After a stellar debut campaign at centre-half, White made the move to right back and looked outstanding in doing so. One of Arsenal’s most consistent performers, a brief drop-off in form during the final few games doesn’t take away from what has been a brilliant second season at the Emirates for him.
Gabriel Megahales 8/10 – When it comes to last-ditch tackling you’ll be hard-pressed to find many better than Gabriel. The Brazilian got Arsenal out of some sticky situations this season and has developed a formidable partnership with Saliba.
Oleksandr Zinchenko 8/10 – Not your typical left-back so defensive shortcomings won’t be marked too harshly. Zinchenko’s offensive output has been nothing short of outstanding and has helped revolutionise Arsenal’s attacking options this season.
Kieran Tierney 6/10 – Offers something different to Zinchenko and should have been used more this season when facing dangerous attack-minded opposition yet he appears to have fallen out of favour with Arteta.
Takehiro Tomiyasu 6/10 – Hampered by injuries once again but provides useful versatility across the backline when fit.
Rob Holding 4/10 – Looked very shaky when brought in to replace Saliba at the back end of the season. Will surely be moved on in the summer.
Jakub Kiwior 7/10 – Showed glimpses of being a very good player when he was eventually given the opportunity to play down the home stretch.
Cedric Soares 4/10 – Produced four very forgettable performances for Arsenal before being shipped off on loan to Fulham where he also barely played.
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Martin Odegaard 10/10 – Has taken Arsenal captaincy in his stride by leading from the front. Odegaard is the epitome of everything that has been good about his team this year; energy, drive and passion. 15 goals and eight assists in the league are also world-class numbers for a player in his position.
Thomas Partey 8/10 – Arsenal’s win rate is 71.4% when Partey is on the field and only 47% when he’s off it. His eye for an interception and ability to turn the ball over quickly has helped shape the Gunners into one of the most dangerous counter-attacking sides in the league this season.
Emile Smith-Rowe 5/10 – A string of injuries have meant he hasn’t started a single game this season. When he has come off the bench and played he hasn’t done much of note.
Jorginho 7/10 A very solid winter pick-up especially considering all of the commotions when he signed. His experience and composure have helped establish him as an important player both on the pitch and in the dressing room.
Granit Xhaka 8/10 – If it is to be his final season with the Gunners then Xhaka can hold his head up high. Undoubtedly his best campaign in the red and white, the Swiss has been important both in terms of goal contributions and defensive stats.
Fabio Vieira 5/10 – Not the full package yet but does possess some good technical attributes. His lack of physicality has proved to be his ultimate undoing and further development in that area will be needed if he is to kick on next season.
Albert Sambi Lokonga 4/10 – Looks out of place in the holding midfield role and doesn’t possess a high enough work rate to impress further up the pitch. Another poor season for a player clearly lacking in confidence. Went out on loan to Crystal Palace from January but struggled for minutes.
Mohamed Elneny 6/10 – Solid performances when called upon but missed most of the season due to injury.
Ethan Nwaneri N/A – Became the youngest player in Premier League history when he came on to see out Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Brentford at just 15 years and 181 days old. Obviously, an accurate rating can’t be generated from that sole appearance but there are clear signs of promise.
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Bukayo Saka 10/10 – Had the highest number of goal contributions out of any player at Arsenal in the league (25) and has undoubtedly been the Gunners’ best player. It’s hard to put into words just how good he is. At just 21 years old Saka has established himself in the upper echelons of world football and there is still plenty more to come.
Gabriel Jesus 8/10 – Although wasteful at times in front of goal, Jesus has been the beating heart behind Arsenal’s attacking prowess. His relentless work rate and tricky dribbling have tormented teams all season and he is almost always involved in the build-up play for an Arsenal team goal.
Gabriel Martinelli 9/10 – Arsenal’s joint top scorer with Odegaard (15) and a terrifying proposition for any Premier League defender. Martinelli has come into his own this season. His direct approach and penetrating runs have been invaluable to Arteta’s men.
Leandro Trossard 8/10 – Arguably the best signing of the January transfer window, Trossard has added much-needed depth to Arsenal’s front three. In 10 starts he has bagged 10 assists. Meanwhile, the player he was initially seen as a consolation prize for, Mykhailo Mudryk, has two.
Eddie Nketiah 6/10 – In the absence of Jesus he slotted in well but dropped off as the season went on. His lack of goals are a worry although when he does score it’s always important.
Marquinhos 5/10 – Never replicated the heights of his impressive debut against Zurich in the Europa League, where he bagged a goal and an assist, but still has plenty of time to develop. Spent the second half of the campaign out on loan at Norwich.
Reiss Nelson 7/10 – Once Arsenal’s most highly-rated youngster, Nelson is finally fulfilling some of that potential. His last-gasp winner against Bournemouth goes down as one of the best moments of the season.
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