Mikel Arteta already knows his six Arsenal undroppables to carry into next season

Bernd Leno

Despite a littering of individual errors last season, Leno still stood out as one of Arsenal’s most consistent performers.

football.london reported last month that the Gunners would be open to selling Leno for the right price this summer, but an imminent exit remains unlikely.

It’s expected that he’ll start next season as no.1 and continue where he left off at the back of the previous campaign.

Bukayo Saka

Arsenal’s starboy has just been named in the provisional England squad for Euro 2020 after a magnificent season.

The 19-year-old is arguably the first name on Arteta’s teamsheet and it’s no surprise when you look at his outstanding numbers.

Saka created the most chances (38), completed the most dribbles (46) and won the most duels (148) for the Gunners in the league last season.

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Thomas Partey

Although he struggled to make the impact supporters would have wanted, Partey showed glimpses of his quality towards the back end of last season.

The £45million man will be desperate to assert himself in the Arsenal midfield, and showcase his progressive ball playing qualities when the new campaign begins.



Thomas Partey has worn no.18 at Arsenal since arriving from Atletico Madrid last summer. (Image: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Thomas Partey has worn no.18 at Arsenal since arriving from Atletico Madrid last summer. (Image: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

He’ll almost certainly be one of the first names on the teamsheet at the heart of the Gunners’ midfield.

Emile Smith Rowe

The Croydon-born youngster has had a fantastic breakthrough campaign and will be determined to add goals to his game next season.

“He’s having an incredible season ever since he started to play in December,” said Arteta.

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“But he’s scoring his first Premier League goal. An incredible season for a No 10 of Arsenal means he needs to score 15 goals and give 10 assists.”

If Smith Rowe scores more goals next season then the Spaniard will find it very hard to drop him.



Emile Smith Rowe celebrates his goal for Arsenal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Emile Smith Rowe celebrates his goal for Arsenal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Nicolas Pepe

With 14 goals and five assists to his name, Pepe has delivered in terms of numbers this season and is one of Arsenal’s most improved players.

He may not always be guaranteed to start but if his form towards the back end of last season is taken into account, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him start regularly under Arteta when the new campaign gets underway.

Kieran Tierney

The former Celtic defender has cemented the left-back spot as his own since arriving at Emirates Stadium.

With Sead Kolasinac set to depart this summer it’s vital that Arsenal sign a back-up for the Scotland international.

Source by Football London

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