Three Arsenal players have made it into the BBC and WhoScored Premier League Teams of the Season for 2022/23.
With the Premier League season now at an end, various outlets have shared their Teams of the Season for the latest campaign, with a few Arsenal players featuring.
On Saliba, Crooks said: “The loss through injury of William Saliba in the latter part of the season almost certainly cost Arsenal the title.
“The games against Southampton at home and West Ham away were ones the Gunners would have won under normal circumstances, but these were fixtures fuelled with pressure and expectation and Arsenal’s defence buckled under the weight of them.
“When Saliba came into the Arsenal side in the early part of their campaign he looked immense, and the bigger the game the more composed he appeared.
“The impact of the Frenchman’s injury to Arsenal’s title chances was there for all to see and they simply had no one in their ranks good enough to replace him.”
As for Odegaard, Crooks explained: “For so much of this season, Arsenal looked like they were going to make it. The reason they appeared so convincing was due to their captain Martin Odegaard.
“The Norwegian playmaker brought [such] a calm sophistication to the Gunners’ performances that the Premier League title suddenly seemed doable.”
WhoScored didn’t include either Saliba or Odegaard in their team, but Bukayo Saka made the cut, with an average 7.4 rating across the season, just less than 0.2 points behind the league’s highest-rated player – Kevin De Bruyne.
Odegaard, Saliba, and Saka all had excellent campaigns overall, despite the ultimate disappointment at missing out on the Premier League title.
They deserve the recognition they’re getting, and you’d expect further Team of the Season inclusions in the coming weeks.