The season came to an end in style on Sunday as Arsenal battered Wolves 5-0 in what was the perfect way to curtain close after the disappointment of missing out on the title.
Throughout the season, we’ve seen players like Bukayo Saka, William Saliba, Martin Odegaard, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli reach unexpected levels, and cement themselves among the best players in the Premier League, but there are plenty who slipped under the radar.
3 unsung heroes during Arsenal’s 2022/23 campaign
1. Gabriel Magalhães
Describing Gabriel as an unsung hero for Arsenal seems strange given that he started every game and completed 3,411 minutes for the club in what was his best season to date.
Throughout the season, we saw his discipline and reading of the game improve immensely, taking his all-round game to the levels required to be a Premier League-winning centre-half, as shown by the fact he was dibbled past 0.2 times per game, which was less than both Virgil Van Dijk and Ruben Dias.
While Saliba often took the plaudits, Gabriel’s job went unnoticed as he operated as a hybrid centre back and left back, covering the large areas of space left by Zincehnko as he inverted.
With this role, he also saw a lot of the ball, averaging 74.4 touches per game, 56.5 accurate passes per game, winning five duels per game, scoring three goals and keeping 14 clean sheets.
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