Is this list foolproof? Absolutely not, but we are right around the corner from the beginning of the season. We took it to our writers to rank every first team player as of today for Arsenal FC. The only caveat was we assumed in the ranking that all players were healthy.
Below are the results based on average ranking of the writers.
1.) Alexis Sanchez - 30 goals and 19 assists in all comps last year, yeah makes sense
2.) Mesut Özil - 12 goals, 14 assists, 87% pass comp, and 2.96 chances created per match. Validated.
3.) Laurent Koscielny - Definitely a name near the top of the team sheet
4.) Granit Xhaka - the 35m man looked pretty good in our run up to the FA Cup win
5.) Alexandre Lacazette - time will tell, we’ll find out shortly
6.) Shkrodran Mustafi - started off 19 matches unbeaten. A bargain at 30m in this market.
7.) Hector Bellerin - Arsenal right back/wing back for the next decade hopefully
8.) Aaron Ramsey - I can’t believe he is this low
9.) Olivier Giroud - Big Sexy slips into the top 10, he will be vital this year as he passes the century goal mark
10.) Petr Cech - Woj, I miss you already, come home.
11.) Alex Oxlade - Chamberlain - to re-sign or not, that is the question. My vote: re-sign
12.) Sead Kolasinac - An unknown at this point, I think 12 is good landing spot for Sead. Did I mention he was free?
13.) Nacho Monreal - Nacho coming in right behind his replacement. I still trust a squad with Nacho in it
14.) Theo Walcott - 19 goals can’t be ignored. Looks to have found a new position in 3-4-3
15.) Rob Holding - our best piece of business last year. He exiled Costa back to Spain
16.) Santi Cazorla - our little magician has been sorely missed each season, I fear this year will be the same
17.) Alex Iwobi - He went through a sophomore slump, but we’ll look for him to bounce back this season
18.) Danny Welbeck - a valuable squad player who just needs the end product
19.) Muhammad Elneny - I’m not convinced that Arsene is convinced by Elneny.
20.) Gabriel Paulista - I think Arsene believes in his versatility, consistency is key
21.) Jack Wilshere - 29 matches for B’mouth was his most since 13/14 season. I have a feeling Wenger plans on using him
22.) Francis Coquelin - A depth player, a squad rotation player. Never as good or as bad as you’ll be made to believe.
23.) Lucas Perez - the new #28 who we’ll never see again
24.) David Ospina - Sounds like Emi Martinez is coming for his spot
25.) Per Mertesacker - the new head of our academy, a position he is suited for.
26.) Calum Chambers - I think he’ll climb this list after a successful loan last season
27.) Kieran Gibbs - our 3rd choice left back, need to sell
28.) Jeff Reine-Adelaide - looks like things went south for The JEFF really quickly this offseason
29.) Joel Campbell - For sale.
30.) Carl Jenkinson - Carl, you’re a Gooner and we love you. For sale.
31.) Reiss Nelson - On the rise, a cup performer and hopefully some runout in Europa league
32.) Emi Martinez - He is really hoping Ospina is sold to Turkey
33.) Ainsley Maitland-Niles - I’m a big fan, I hope we see him on Thursday nights
34.) Chuba Akpom - probably time to sell
35.) Mathieu Debuchy - how are we still paying this man? For sale, for free, just take him, please.
* On pure coincidence, Ramsey, Walcott and Iwobi were ranked on their actual squad number