How many Arsenal players should be in the Premier League's Team of the Year?

  • Award season is upon us for the 2023/24 campaign
  • Four Arsenal players nominated for Young Player of the Year & Player of the Year awards
  • Gunners expected to dominate PFA Team of the Year
Arsenal are set to feature heavily during award season
Arsenal are set to feature heavily during award season / JUSTIN TALLIS/GettyImages

We're approaching that time of the year when award season drifts into mainstream discourse, and Arsenal's stars are set to feature heavily.

The Gunners have enjoyed a superb domestic campaign, building off their title challenge last season. There's a strong chance Arsenal are pipped to the post by Manchester City again, but that shouldn't take away from the club's remarkable 2023/24.

Should they finish the season with two more wins, they'll record their highest Premier League points tally since the Invincibles. Mikel Arteta's ever-maturing outfit have excelled during the run-in, and only a vintage Sky Blue run will prevent the Gunners from achieving their title dream.

Arsenal's collective brilliance and the notable contributions of individuals means the club's standout performers are set to be rewarded with the reception of esteemed honours at the end of the season.

How many Arsenal players should be in the Premier League's Team of the Year?

Arteta, a nominee for the Premier League's Manager of the Year award, has taken his Arsenal side to the next level after their title charge faded at the last in 2022/23. Further evolution was going to be a mammoth task, but the Gunners have undeniably achieved that this season.

There's been a litany of majestic performers, with Arsenal boasting the best attacking and defensive records in the division. For their respective contributions, Bukayo Saka and William Saliba have earned PFA Young Player of the Year nominations. Saka, however, was snubbed for the main award despite recording 25 goals and assists.

Martin Odegaard and Declan Rice are up for PFA Player of the Year honours, although Phil Foden is expected to claim the prize should City end up as champions. Still, their nominations are richly deserved. Odegaard hasn't been as prolific compared to 22/23, but his development as a deeper-lying controller has been key in Arsenal's productive 2024.

Rice, meanwhile, has proven to be a £105m bargain; an utterly transformative figure in Arteta's engine room.

The boss is up for Manager of the Year honours, while multiple Gunners have to be included in the PFA Team of the Year. The nominated quartet of Saka, Saliba, Odegaard, and Rice are likely shoo-ins.

They should be joined by Golden Glove winner David Raya, the consistent Ben White, and Gabriel - who's arguably had a better season than Saliba. Arsenal should dominate the backline given their defensive record.

Here's my PFA Team of the Year prediction: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Udogie; Rice, Rodri, Odegaard; Saka, Watkins, Palmer.