Who is the most improved player since Arteta joined?

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There is a debate about whether Arteta helped develop players since his arrival. I think overall some players have improved – whether it is due to him directly or whether it s through the Academy, assistant coach…we will never really know. We can just look at our players since he arrived and see if they have improved. Here is a list of Most Improved Players since December 2020:

  1. Saka – our club’s gem. From a young player to a leader on the pitch…
  2. Xhaka – from being a less than average player with lots of errors and red cards in him that polarized a lot of negative views to a reliable midfielder, he is proving many critics wrong despite the occasional stupid mistake
  3. Pepe – Still finding his feet but clearly improving some aspects of his game


Anyways, what are your thoughts? Do you think that players have improved since Arteta took over and which is the Most Improved One?


16 Responses to Who is the most improved player since Arteta joined?

  1. RC78 says:

    Gooner B’s response to Jigsol’s comment that Arteta has not showed any aptitude in improving players since he has arrived:

    Jjgsol. I know you have a complete downer on Arteta but in his first full season but he has already won silverware, against the odds from what he inherited, and for me it is not correct that he hasn’t improved players. Many people recognise the improvement on many players individually.

    He is in a completely different era and under completely different circumstances to AW when he arrived, so I think making comparisons to what AW stepped into and did in the late 90’s and what MA is having to do now to achieve success is not really comparing eggs with eggs

  2. RockyLives says:

    Thanks RC

    Most improved player under Areta?

    Er… Martinez? 😳

    Seriously, I would say that Xhaka probably takes the award. He has become very reliable and consistent and (tempting fate hugely) has cut out some of his habitual blunders.

  3. RockyLives says:

    I have a post in drafts for tomorrow.

  4. RockyLives says:

    We’re tag-teaming well to keep this old forum alive and kicking.

  5. RC78 says:

    Hi Rocky – good to know for tomorrow’s post 🙂

    Martinez is in the top 3 GK this year…so upset still that we let him go.

  6. LBG says:

    Rob Holding.

  7. LBG says:

    Re: your last comment on yesterday’s post Sancho, Haarland and Koulibaly!!!! Where is the money coming from, sir?

  8. RC78 says:

    LBG – I don’t know yet…Man Utd always makes deal happens. They can sell a few players too like Van den Beek, James, Williams, De Gea for example. All four of them would bring in some decent money, no?

  9. RC78 says:

    There is also Martial

  10. RC78 says:

    LBG – Rob Holding…good call

  11. RockyLives says:

    Other contenders:

    Tierney: MA can’t really claim the credit because Tesco’s early months at Arsenal were blighted by injury.

    Elneny: not every fan’s favourite but he has done a good job for us when called on after seeming to be out in the cold under the previous regime.

    Smith Rowe: not so much “improved” as “given a chance”.

    Lacazette: he has been a major contributor since we changed our formation back in December.

  12. Soren V says:


    Xhaka went from being a 4-5 ratings player, with an occasional 2-3 and a rare 7 or 8, to now consistently performing at 6-8 level. Moreover, he is maxing out on playing time. Xhaka’s new found understanding of his DM positioning relative to the backline, has been the key component in ARSENAL’S DEFENSIVE SOLIDITY!

    SAKA, ESR, TIERNEY, yes they are showing great improvements, but that was the expected trajectory. XHAKA on the other hand was written off, as not belonging in a top six side.

  13. GoonerB says:

    Thanks RC. I have to say that SorenV’s comment has convinced me that if I had to pick 1 most improved player it would be Xhaka.

    The question is most improved player not best player or most valuable player and as Soren states Xhaka has gone from a regular liability to a regular positive contributor in most games and valuable asset.

  14. GoonerB says:

    It looks like the most improved on loan player is Mavropanos. He is getting good reviews at Stuttgart. I remember thinking there was something about him when we first saw him but injuries hit and his form dipped on his return. Could he be maturing nicely now though and return as a top CD in the making?

  15. RC78 says:

    True. Stuttgart is not doing too poorly this season given they justed joined the Bundesliga 1 – am happy for Minslat. Wamangituka, Sosa, Endo, Gonzalez, Mavropanos the key men for the Stuttgart team.

  16. RockyLives says:

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