The 2022/23 season is upon us and we take a look at the top Arsenal players that promise to excite fans in the coming campaign.
There is much expectation from the Gunners ahead of the new campaign, and for good reason. The club did well to splash the cash on summer signings and it seems like good business so far from the north London outfit. There is so much optimism that club director Edu Gaspar believes Mikel Arteta can achieve a lot with his current squad this season.
Arsenal look like a refreshed side with their new additions and all eyes will be on the club and whether they can better their achievements from last season. In a team now full of established names, we take a look at the likely players to stand out for the Gunners in the 2022/23 campaign
Top Five Arsenal Players to watch out for – 2022/23 season
None of Arsenal’s summer signings have excited fans like the arrival of Jesus. In no time at all, the Brazilian has developed a proper chemistry with his teammates and is already enjoying life at the Emirates. The growing South American contingent at Arsenal has also helped him settle almost immediately, making him the third ‘Gabriel’ and the fourth Brazilian at the club, alongside fellow summer signing Marquinhos.
At least five different Arsenal players have spoken highly of the 25-year-old. New captain Martin Odegaard and Eddie Nketiah are some of the players to have done that, with Granit Xhaka being the latest to do so.
Jesus has already scored seven goals in pre-season so there is no question of what he brings to the Arsenal side and what he can do. It is a matter of replicating that form when the season begins proper.
Don’t get too excited and think he will win the golden boot but one thing is sure and it’s the fact that he will score goals in good numbers. His flexibility and versatility upfront also offers Arteta a lot to work with and I’m backing him to get at least 15-20 goals across all competitions this season. We can maybe expect more but that’s a modest number to go with, right?
Arsenal fans are yet to see Fabio Vieira in action so it’s only speculation to say he’ll be a hit at the Emirates. However, given how the club moved in silence to complete his transfer and also given the transfer fee, it’s safe to say they know what he can offer in that regard.
Like Jesus, the Portuguese also offers some versatility, boasting the ability to play through the center and on the flanks. We might not see much of him in the Premier League but he could be a mainstay in cup competitions and the Europa League.
The Frenchman is yet to make a competitive appearance for Arsenal despite signing for the club in 2019. However, he looks ready for first-team action after his most recent loan stint at Marseille and he could end up looking like a ‘new signing’ this term. Courtesy of Takehiro Tomiyasu’s injury, Saliba has featured often in pre-season, with Ben White playing at right-back.
Coincidental or not but Arsenal did not concede whenever the Frenchman was on the pitch. Mikel Arteta has described him as ‘one for the future’ and he could yet stake a claim to be a designated first-team player this season.
Arsenal’s new captain will be looking to build on his brilliant individual performances from last term and there will be even greater responsibilities on his shoulders.
While he remains the club’s chief creator on the pitch, he will also assume a key leadership role off it and already has a growing reputation within the dressing room.
The actual excitement from Martin Odegaard goes in line with the arrival of Gabriel Jesus. Last season, only three players in Trent Alexander-Arnold, Bruno Fernandes and Kevin de Bruyne created more chances than the Norwegian and that is indeed something very positive, in only his first full season at Arsenal.
Now playing behind another stellar name in Jesus, he could be in line for a good number of assists and could even better his tally of seven goals from last season.
The Brazilian has never really enjoyed a consistent run of games since he joined the club and injuries have not helped his cause either. Towards the end of last season, he became a regular, playing on the left flank and that looks set to carry on into the new campaign.
With Smith Rowe struggling for fitness ahead of the league’s opener against Crystal Palace, Martinelli is expected to carry on his role in attack and there is much to look forward to.
Martinelli and compatriot Gabriel Jesus have already combined well in pre-season and it would be interesting to see how both players link up in the Premier League.
Bukayo Saka only misses out on this list because he is already more than established as an important player at Arsenal. For a man who matched Thierry Henry’s feat of two consecutive Arsenal Player of the Season awards, he is already way past this list and we can only hope he enjoys another brilliant campaign that ends with a new long-term contract.