Arsenal 23/24 – Team Analysis

After trusting the process for a few years, Arsenal were genuine title contenders last season, Man City overtaking them only in the last few rounds. With a few key signings, Arteta’s men are looking very strong again. The team will need to find even more rythm if they want to challenge City again though.



Declan RiceDefensive Midfielder24EnglandWest Ham€116.60m
Kai HavertzAttacking Midfielder24GermanyChelsea€75.00m
Jurrien TimberCentre-Back22NetherlandsAjax€40.00m
David RayaGoalkeeper27SpainBrentfordLoan*
*with a loan fee

Arteta got Declan Rice, his main target. While Rice will be the defensive midfielder for the team, another new signing, Havertz started the season as left central mid. He cost 75 million from Chelsea. Arsenal also strengthened the defense, signing Timber a centre back who can also play left back and a new goalkeeper, Spanish international David Raya.

Notable departures

Folarin BalogunCentre-Forward22USAMonaco€30.00m
Granit XhakaDefensive Midfielder30SwitzerlandB. Leverkusen€15.00m
Matt TurnerGoalkeeper29USANottm Forest€8.15m
Auston TrustyCentre-Back24USASheff Utd€5.80m
Pablo MariCentre-Back29SpainMonza€4.90m
Kieran TierneyLeft-Back26ScotlandReal SociedadLoan
Rob HoldingCentre-Back27EnglandCrystal Palace€1.20m
Nuno TavaresLeft-Back23PortugalNottm ForestLoan
Nicolas PepeRight Winger28Cote d’IvoireTrabzonsporFree

Quite a few departures, but apart from Granit Xhaka, no key players left. The Swiss international has played a key part for the Gunners over the years, but will now try his luck in Germany for Bayer Leverkusen. Young American attacker Balogun joined Monaco, while 3 centre backs also left the team: Trusty, Mari and Rob Holding. Nicolas Pepe, having previously joined for €75m, now leaves to Turkey on a free.


1GKENGAaron Ramsdale
2DFFRAWilliam Saliba
4DFENGBen White
5MFGHAThomas Partey
6DFBRAGabriel Magalhães
7FWENGBukayo Saka
8MFNORMartin Ødegaard (captain)
9FWBRAGabriel Jesus
10MFENGEmile Smith Rowe
11FWBRAGabriel Martinelli
12DFNEDJurriën Timber
14FWENGEddie Nketiah
15DFPOLJakub Kiwior
17DFPORCédric Soares
18DFJPNTakehiro Tomiyasu
19FWBELLeandro Trossard
21MFPORFábio Vieira
22GKESPDavid Raya (on loan from Brentford)
24FWENGReiss Nelson
25MFEGYMohamed Elneny
29MFGERKai Havertz
31GKESTKarl Hein
35DFUKROleksandr Zinchenko
41MFENGDeclan Rice

Very nice and balanced squad with more than one quality player for every position. Some of the defenders like Kiwior, Ben White, Timber or Zinchenko can play more than one position, which adds a lot of unpredictability to the squad. Even Thomas Partey can play at RB. Important to note that Jurrien Timber is out for a prolonged period of time.

There is enough depth in midfield as well, with the likes of Rice, Jorginho, Partey offering a lot of stability, while Odegaard, Havertz, Fabio Vieira or Smith Rowe offering a lot of creativity. In attack Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus offer options, while Trossard can basically play in every position.

This depth is more than welcome, as the Gunners are back in the Champions League this season.

Possible Starting 11

For now, Ramsdale has been Arteta’s pick to start in goal. The main back line seems to consist of White, Saliba, Gabriel and Zinchenko, however we have seen quite a few combinations here, from Partey starting at right back, to Kiwior starting at left back.

Odegaard, the captain of the team has cemented himself at right central midfield, while Rice plays in a central defensive role. Havertz is the LCM for now, however his performances have drawn critisism. In attack, Saka is one of the best right wingers in the world, Martinelli is a starter at LW, while Jesus starts at ST when fit.