10(Ten) talking points from Arsenal team photo as Bukayo Saka and William Saliba stand out

10(Ten) talking points from Arsenal's team photo as Bukayo Saka and William Saliba stand out
10(Ten) talking points from Arsenal’s team photo as Bukayo Saka and William Saliba stand out

Arsenal’s 2022/23 Premier League team photo features Mikel Arteta and his players.

Arsenal’s 2022/23 team photo is out.

Mikel Arteta’s men took their positions for the shoot at the club’s London Colney training ground, rather than the Emirates, with high spirits after winning seven of their eight Premier League games so far.

24 Gunners are in the latest photo, with Arteta in the middle. He hopes his teammates can continue to defy expectations. North Londoners are in good shape after beating Tottenham Hotspur.

We noticed a few things from Arsenal’s latest photo call:

Xhaka’s good standing

Martin Odegaard sits next to Arteta in the team photo, as is tradition.

Granit Xhaka is Arteta’s opposite number.

The Swiss lost his captaincy after an incident with Arsenal fans three years ago, but he’s back in good standing. He shined in the recent North London derby and has been captain several times this season.

His appearance in the team photo is proof. He’s been a leader in the locker room, even during difficult times, and is now popular with fans.

Giant Saliba

It’s hard to miss French defender William Saliba in this photo. In the middle, he’s one of the tallest players.

Saliba has been one of the Gunners’ top performers this season after returning from Marseille on loan.

Rob Holding’s hairstyle

Rob Holding has switched from one centre-back to another for the new season.

Before the 2021/22 season, the English defender didn’t have much hair on his head, but now he has glorious locks he wanted to show off in the latest official team photo.

Jesus’ smile missing

Gabriel Jesus can’t say the same for Holding’s hair.

Since joining Arsenal from Man City, he’s been grinning thanks to his goalscoring start. He scowled at the camera this time.

Arsenal fans hope Jesus smiles soon.

Traditional Saka

Arsenal’s photo of academy graduate Bukayo Saka will please football traditionalists. The England man wore all-black boots while sitting in the front row.

His teammates wore neon green, orange, and yellow boots, in contrast. Saka’s choice may be due to a lack of boot sponsorship.

Rogue collar

Cedric was the only teammate whose kit didn’t match.

The rest of Arsenal stood with pressed and buttoned kits. Cedric undid his shirt collar. Emile Smith Rowe partially hid his shirt.

Cedric may hope that Arteta doesn’t notice his high standards at Arsenal.

Interesting addition

The man next to the former Southampton player may draw attention away from his uniform misstep. Reiss Nelson was expected to leave after his loan to Feyenoord last season.

However, he stayed at the Emirates Stadium and was even included in the Premier League squad. The 22-year-old hasn’t played for Arsenal yet this season but hopes to make an impact.


Nelson has been included, but a fourth keeper is missing.

Aaron Ramsdale, Bernd Leno, Karl Hein, and Arthur Okonkwo were in last year’s photo, but only two return and are joined by American stopper Matt Turner.

Arteta’s new role

Arteta has been in countless team photos throughout his career. The Spaniard was a regular player, and he’s now getting used to being the manager.

The latest offering is his third as Gunners boss, and he’ll get used to being the manager in team photos instead of a player.

Nobody spied

Some clubs choose their home stadium for official team photos, but the Gunners went off-piste. Fans may be watching the background in this photo taken at London Colney.

Leeds United spied on Derby County before a recent match. Thankfully, there are no uninvited guests, so their post-photo plans are secret.

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