Arsenal’s most-used Premier League Xl of the decade: Ramsey, Ozil, Giroud…

The 2010s have been a turbulent time for Arsenal fans – but they have still seen some of Europe’s best players don the famous red shirt. 

The Gunners started the decade as Champions League regulars but they have only managed Europa League qualification over the past three years.

Here, we’ve created an XI of their most-used players in the Premier League across the decade.

Wojciech Szczesny 

After progressing through the reserve teams at Arsenal, Szczesny made his Premier League debut against Manchester United in December 2010.

He later became the club’s first choice goalkeeper and the Polish international went on to make 132 Premier League appearances for the club.

After some high profile mistakes, Szczesny was replaced by Petr Cech in 2015, but he rebuilt his career at Juventus and the 29-year-old is now regarded as one of the best keepers in the world.

Hector Bellerin 

Bellerin arrived at Arsenal from Barcelona in the summer of 2011 and made his league debut against Hull City in 2014.

The 24-year-old has since established himself as the Gunners’ first choice right-back and was recently named their vice captain after making 146 Premier League appearances.

Laurent Koscielny 

Koscielny signed for Arsenal from Lorient in 2010, and he became a mainstay of their defence over the next nine years.

The defender was named club captain in 2018 but shocked fans by controversially joining Bordeaux a year later after 255 Premier League appearances.

“Nobody anticipated my Arsenal departure. To keep it simple, I was not as happy as I was on the first day I signed,” he told Canal Football Club.

“And then with my family we needed to return home, to have a new challenge for us. To be able to become happy once again together, a return to France was the best solution.”

Per Mertesacker 

Mertesacker moved to North London in 2011 and made his Premier League debut in a 1-0 win against Swansea City.

The German was mainly on the sidelines during the end of his time at Arsenal, but he still made 156 league appearances for the club over seven years.

After retiring in 2018, Mertesacker became the academy manager at Arsenal, and he is currently the interim assistant manager for the first-team.

Nacho Monreal 

The Spain international played 187 Premier League games for Arsenal, after joining from Malaga in January 2013.

Kieran Tierney was signed as a replacement in the summer so Monreal joined Real Sociedad, ending his six-and-a-half-year spell with the Gunners.

Santi Cazorla 

The Spaniard was a fan favourite at Arsenal from the moment he joined the club in 2012, and he made 129 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.

However, Cazorla was plagued by injuries and the 34-year-old was released by Arsenal in 2018 after failing to play since October 2016, but he has rebuilt his career at Villarreal.

“When you are at a big club like Arsenal, sometimes you don’t realise what it means to be there until you are gone. I never got to say a proper goodbye,” he told The Independent.

“It was the biggest team I played for in my career and I miss everything about Arsenal.”

Aaron Ramsey

In February 2010, Ramsey broke his leg against Stoke City, but he bounced back to become a key part of the Arsenal side throughout the decade.

The 28-year-old made 239 Premier League appearances for the club in the 2010s, and he was their Player of the Season in 2013-14 and 2017-18.

After 11 years at the Emirates, the midfielder bid an emotional farewell to the Gunners and joined Juventus on a free in the summer.

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Theo Walcott 

Walcott made his Premier League debut in 2006 after signing from Southampton but the winger was still a regular for Arsenal during this decade.

While he may not have hit the heights some predicted when he broke through as a teenager, he still made 199 league appearances for Arsenal in the 2010s before joining Everton in 2018.

Mesut Ozil 

Arsenal paid a then club-record fee of £42.5million to bring Ozil to the club from Real Madrid in 2013.

The Germany may have struggled with inconsistency but his time at Arsenal has still been a sucess, and he won their Player of the Year award in 2015-16.

Ozil was frozen out by Unai Emery but the midfielder will hope to add to his 173 Premier League appearances under Freddie Ljungberg.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 

Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2011 and the midfielder was considered as one of English football’s brightest talents.

However, his career stalled at the Emirates, as he failed to nail down a specific position in Arsene Wenger’s team.

The 26-year-old rejected a new contract at Arsenal and signed for Liverpool in 2017 after making 132 league appearances for the Gunners, and he has become a vital player for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Olivier Giroud 

Giroud often divided Arsenal fans but the striker scored 73 goals in 180 Premier League appearances for the club while also helping them win three FA Cups.

The 33-year-old joined arch rivals Chelsea in January 2018 and scored against his former club in last season’s Europa League final.

Honourable mentions

Bacary Sagna 

Sagna was a superb defender for Arsenal and made 131 Premier League appearances for the Gunners in the 2010s and the right-back was even named in the 2010-11 PFA team of the season.

The 36-year-old took the opportunity to join Manchester City when his contract expired in 2014, and spent last season at Montreal Impact, the club is now managed by Thierry Henry.

Jack Wilshere 

At the start of the decade, Wilshere looked set to become a world class midfielder for Arsenal and England over the next ten years.

However, injuries derailed his career, and he only made 123 Premier League appearances for the club in the 2010s and the midfidler joined West Ham in 2018.

Alexis Sanchez 

Sanchez signed from Barcelona in 2014 and established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League, scoring 60 goals in 122 league appearances for the Gunners.

The forward tainted his Arsenal legacy by joining arch rivals Manchester United and the 30-year-old is currently on loan at Inter Milan.

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