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Arsenal: Manager, Stadium, Key Fixtures & Transfers

Arsenal are looking to go one better after finishing second to treble-winners Manchester City last season.

Mikel Arteta’s charges enjoyed a fine season as they made the transition from top four challengers to genuine title contenders, before eventually running out of steam and being pipped by an inspired Manchester City side. 

Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Manager: Mikel Arteta
Captain: Martin Odegaard
Top league scorer last season: Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard – 15
Last season’s position: 2nd
 

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Key Fixtures

Fixtures
  • Opening Day (12th August 2023) - Arsenal v Nottingham Forest
  • Boxing Day (26th December 2023) - Arsenal v West Ham
  • Final Day (19th May 2024) - Arsenal v Everton
  • Home North London Derby (24th September 2023) - Arsenal v Tottenham
  • Away North London Derby (27th April 2024) - Tottenham v Arsenal
     

Manager - Mikel Arteta

  • Date Joined - December 2019
  • Date of Birth - 26/03/1982
  • Nationality - Spanish
  • Previous Clubs - Man City (coach)
     

Stadium

Arsenal - Emirates Stadium
  • Name - Emirates Stadium
  • Capacity - 60,704
  • Record Attendance - 60,383 v Wolves (November 2019)
  • Opened - 2006
     

Key Player - Bukayo Saka

  • Position - Winger
  • Date Joined - May 2010 (first official youth forms)
  • Fee Paid - Free (academy)
  • Nationality - English
     

More information about Bukayo Saka and other key players in the Premier League

One to watch - Gabriel Jesus

  • Position - Forward
  • Date Joined - July 2022
  • Fee Paid - £45m
  • Nationality - Brazilian
     

Transfers

Transfers

IN:

  • Jurrien Timber (Ajax – £34m)
  • Kai Havertz (Chelsea – £65m)
  • Declan Rice (West Ham – £100m)
  • David Raya (Brentford - Loan)
     

OUT:

  • Folarin Balogun (AS Monaco - £35m)
  • Granit Xhaka (Bayer Leverkusen – £19.5m)
  • Matt Turner (Nottingham Forest - £10m)
  • Auston Trusty (Sheffield United - £5m)
  • Pablo Mari (Monza – £4.5m)
  • Rob Holding (Crystal Palace - £4m)
  • Kieran Tierney (Real Sociedad - Loan)
  • Nuno Tavares (Nottingham Forest - Loan)
  • Marquinhos (FC Nantes - Loan)
  • Albert Sambi Lokonga (Luton Town - Loan)
  • Arthur Okonkwo (Wrexham - Loan)
  • Runar Alex Runarsson (Cardiff - Loan)
  • Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Lyon - Free)
     

Last season's performance

Arsenal led the way for much of the 2022/23 Premier League season with Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Jesus providing a formidable four-pronged attack. 

They even safely negotiated the injury of Jesus for a couple of months of the season, as the likes of Eddie Nketiah and January signing Leandro Trossard stepped up to the plate. 

But after seven straight wins between February and April, Man City were still hanging on to their tails, despite fighting on three fronts. 

The size of Arsenal’s squad was ultimately their downfall as key players lost form, plus the fact that most of the squad had never been in that position before no doubt had an impact. 

Two goal leads were thrown away at Liverpool and West Ham, before a 3-3 draw at home to Southampton handed the initiative to the Citizens ahead of the Etihad meeting between the two teams. 

City ran out comfortable 4-1 winners and never let up during the run-in. 

Arsenal did manage to beat Chelsea and Newcastle in the following games, but a 3-0 defeat to Brighton followed by a 1-0 defeat at Nottm Forest sealed the title for City.
 

This season's prospects

Arsenal addressed their squad depth issue by making significant acquisitions during the summer transfer window.

Kai Havertz joined the club from London rivals Chelsea on a five-year-deal, with the German having been used in a variety of roles by Mikel Arteta so far this term. 

At the base of Arsenal's midfield is fellow new signing Declan Rice, who joined from West Ham after ending his time with the Hammers by lifting the Europa Conference League trophy. 

Rice could be the final piece of the jigsaw for Arsenal this season, with the England international undoubtedly one of the finest players in his position in the division.

This is not a normal Premier League era, however, and an incredible Manchester City squad will take some beating again. 

Finishing second again looks realistic for Arsenal, even with the teams around them strengthening, but the Gunners will ultimately be dreaming of toppling this juggernaut of a City side and prevent Klopp's Liverpool from winning a farewell Premier League title.
 

Last five seasons

SeasonLeague finish
2022/232nd
2021/225th
2020/218th
2019/208th
2018/195th

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