For the first time since 2007/08, Arsenal have had four players voted into the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.
Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, centre-back William Saliba, and attacking midfielders Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka made the lineup for the 2022/23 campaign after impressing as part of the Gunners’ title challenge.
Saka and Odegaard were both also nominated for the Player of the Year award (won by Erling Haaland) with the former also picking up the gong for Young Player of the Year.
Manchester City had five players included – Erling Haaland, Kevin de Bruyne, John Stones, Rodri and Ruben Dias – while Kieran Trippier of Newcastle and Harry Kane filled the final two spots.
15 years ago, Arsenal were represented by Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor as another young side captured the imagination of their peers. The Gunners stormed to the top of the table in the first half of the 2007/08 campaign only to fade away after Christmas.
Our record tally of players in the PFA Team of the Year is six. In 2003/04, Invincibles – Lauren, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry – were included. Five of those players were also included the year before, only Ashley Cole missed out.
It wasn’t just the men who were recognised at last night’s gala event. Tim has an update on recognition for two Arsenal Women players, here.