August 18, 2022

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on December 13, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of spectators (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta went into this season with a much-changed side after a huge summer transfer window. After 11 Premier League games, the new crop and the old dependables have both had plenty of chances to show the Spaniard what they have to offer. Express Sport takes a look at five Gunners stars who are guaranteed to be in their starting XI next season:

Aaron Ramsdale

Signed to provide competition for Bernd Leno, Arsenal’s first choice at the time, few would have predicted how well Ramsdale’s first few months in north London has gone.

After a torrid start, Leno found himself benched and Ramsdale has not looked back since being given the chance to shine.

The German shipped nine goals in the Gunners’ first three games of the season, while Ramsdale has conceded just four in eight league games since.

His enthusiasm and passion have also got the fans onside, something which could go a long way towards keeping him in the team for the foreseeable future.
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Mikel Arteta has a core group of ‘un-droppables’ at Arsenal (Image: GETTY)

Emile Smith Rowe

Although the Croydon-born youngster has shown in flashes what he is capable of, this season has been the setting for his true breakthrough.

Five goals in 13 games across all competitions shows his developing eye for goal, while he is also comfortable creating chances for team-mates.

A firm fan-favourite at the Emirates, Smith Rowe’s performances have drawn recognition from Gareth Southgate who recently promoted him to the senior England squad.

Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher is also a fan, branding him the best in the Premier League when it comes to dribbling at pace.

Takehiro Tomiyasu

The deadline day signing from Bologna has made a great first impression, featuring predominantly at right-back but also boasting the ability to play in central defence.

Tomiyasu has shown plenty of intensity and aggression, two qualities which the Gunners had been missing as they stumbled to three successive defeats to kick off the campaign.

Part of the reason the Japan international’s spot can be deemed safe for next season in a lack of right-back alternatives.

The likes of Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares have been broadly unfancied by Arteta, and having just splashed £16million on Tomiyasu, it is unlikely that they would venture back into the market so soon.

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Takehiro Tomiyasu has made a strong start to life at Arsenal (Image: GETTY)

Ben White & Gabriel

After Arsenal’s miserable start to the campaign, it was clear that Arteta had to change things around in order to find a winning recipe.

The first course of action was to establish a centre-back partnership which stopped the constant leaking of goals.

Both Ben White and Gabriel stepped up to the plate, despite the former Brighton man’s discouraging start against Brentford during the Premier League’s curtain-raiser.

In essence, they have given Arteta no incentive to change things around, and if they keep improving they could become one of the most exciting young centre-back partnerships in the division.

 

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