Mikel Arteta was keen to ensure he didn’t waste the 2019/20 season when he arrived as head coach in December.
Despite facing an incredibly steep uphill battle, he aimed high in regard to end of season objectives such as European qualification but also wanted to use the rest of the campaign to assess his squad.
In that time, the Spaniard has had decent exposure to decide which players are good enough to stay on the boat to rebuilding an Arsenal side that has been without Champions League football since the 2016/17 campaign.
Here, football.london list each player that has a future under Arteta, whether that be as a key member of the starting XI or as more of a squad player.
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The German may face competition from Emi Martinez when football resumes but he will be keen to earn his starting position back. Throughout the 2019/20 season, he proved he can be the difference between a loss, draw and win with truly outstanding performances and developments being made so he should be confident in himself whatever role he takes at the start of next season. As the more experienced goalkeeper, this may give him the edge.
Like, Leno, just because he faces competition shouldn’t force Martinez or Arteta into a rash decision. Coming into the side after the restart, the 27-year-old proved he can be relied on as a starter but also that he is more than capable backup. Better with the ball at his feet, this is what might see him take the starting role on a more regular basis.
Suffering setbacks in his return from the horrid ACL injury throughout the season, finding consistency was tough for Bellerin. Despite this, he showed signs that he can adapt to Arteta’s needs at right-back and with a contract until 2023, he is likely to get more chances as the first choice right-back.
Signing a long-term deal at the expiration of his Southampton contract, Cedric will serve as suitable backup for Bellerin over the coming years.
Injured currently, it will take a while for Chambers to show Arteta what he is capable of. Before sustaining the injury, however, Arteta admitted to football.london that the centre-back was going to be part of his plans. As a result, once fit, he may have a fair chance to try and find the form he hit when he picked up the injury in December.
Like Bellerin, Holding has struggled for consistency while recovering from his ACL injury which is completely normal. While he had very testing moments throughout the 2019/20 season, there were glimpses of the defender that was so reliable for the Gunners in the 2018/19 season. Finding a rhythm so he can provide these performances more regularly will be key but he may become more of a backup option.
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