It wasn’t the greatest of seasons for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal as they only managed to finish 8th in the Premier League.
As a result, how will Arsenal’s relatively young squad fair in FIFA 22.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (OVR 87 → 85)
Part of the reason Arsenal failed to perform last season is that Aubameyang could not find his shooting boots.
With that being said, the Gabonese striker still managed to score 10 goals in the Premier League last season, but for someone so talented, that was not good enough.
At 32 years old, I think we are likely to see a downgrade for Aubameyang and possibly a position change too.
Bernd Leno (OVR 85 → 84)
Unfortunately for Leno, we think it is also time for a downgrade.
Coming joint 5th in Premier League clean sheets last year with 11, Leno certainly wasn’t terrible.
However, when you consider 78-rated former Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martínez kept 15, it wasn’t good enough to maintain the German’s 85 rating.
Alexandre Lacazette (OVR 83 → 82)
The downgrades continue with Lacazette as we believe he will drop to an 82 in FIFA 22.
In terms of goals, 13 in 31 appearances in the Premier League could have been a lot worse for the French striker.
However, his downgrade, like many others comes as a reminder to how Arsenal should have performed last season.
Thomas Partey (OVR 84 → 82)
As one of Arsenal’s newest signings, you would have perhaps expected a bit more from the former Atlético Madrid man.
Having missed just over a month of football in the winter due to a hip injury, Partey only managed 24 Premier League games last season.
If Arsenal looks impressive early in the 2021/22 season then we could see Partey only drop to an 83, but as of right now an 82 seems fair.
Nicolas Pépé (OVR 82 → 81)
For someone who promised so much when they first arrived, Pépé has failed to contribute how Arsenal would have liked since he showed up at the Emirates.
You can see the talent is there with Pépé but he just can’t quite find the form to justify the price Arsenal paid for him.
His 10 Premier League and 6 Europa League goals save him from any further downgrades, but Pépé must improve going into the 2021/22 season.
Kieran Tierney (OVR 78 → 80)
Finally, an upgrade for Arsenal in the form of Kieran Tierney.
The Scottish left-back turned out to be a worthwhile investment for the Gooners as he was solid defensively and pretty good in attack all season.
Tierney was one of Arsenal’s brightest sparks in an ultimately dark season and therefore deserves an upgrade going into FIFA 22.
Granit Xhaka (OVR 80 → 80)
Xhaka had an average season for Arsenal last year but had a sensational Euro 2020 campaign with Switzerland.
However, Xhaka’s Premier League statistics from last season don’t look good – only 1 goal and 2 assists in 31 games for the Swiss international.
With the Euro 2020 campaign to fall back on, we think Xhaka just about maintains his 80-rating for another year.
Gabriel (OVR 78 → 79)
All things considered, Arsenal’s winter signing of Gabriel can be seen as a success.
Still only 23-years-old, Gabriel proved himself as an asset putting in some solid performances at centre-back last season.
There is a case for Gabriel to even reach an 80-rating next year, however, we feel a one rating upgrade is more likely.
Bukayo Saka (OVR 75 → 79)
There was a common trend at Arsenal last season where their youngest players seemed to perform best, and Saka was no exception.
This form continued into Euro 2020 where Saka fought his way into the First 11 until he, unfortunately, picked up a knock which made room for the likes of Jadon Sancho.
Saka is definitely due an upgrade in FIFA 22, but the question is by how much?
Emile Smith-Rowe (OVR 69 → 78)
Another youngster due a huge upgrade in FIFA 22 is Emile Smith-Rowe.
Like Saka, Smith-Rowe was one of Arsenal’s best players when he played as he always seemed to play with nothing to lose.
Competing against top Premier League sides most weeks means Smith-Rowe can no longer be considered a silver card in FIFA - so keep your eye out for the 20-year-olds rating come FIFA 22.
Full Arsenal squad prediction
|PLAYER||AGE||POS||IFA 21 RATING||FIFA 22 PRED.|
|Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||32||ST, LW||87||85|
|Thomas Partey||28||CM, CDM||84||82|
|Nicolas Pépé||26||RM, RW||82||81|
|Kieran Tierney||24||LB, CB, LWB||78||80|
|Granit Xhaka||28||CDM, CM||80||80|
|Bukayo Saka||19||RM, LM, LB||75||79|
|Lucas Torreira||25||CDM, CM||81||78|
|Willian||32||RM, RW, LW||82||78|
|Héctor Bellerín||26||RB, RWB||80||77|
|Joe Willock||21||CAM, CM||71||76|
|Sead Kolašinac||28||LB, LWB, CB||78||75|
|Ainsley Maitland-Niles||23||CDM, RB, RWB||76||75|
|Cédric||29||RB, RWB, LB||76||75|
|Calum Chambers||26||RB, CB, CDM||75||75|
|Mohamed Elneny||28||CDM, CM||76||75|
|Gabriel Martinelli||20||LM, LW||74||74|
|Eddie Nketiah||22||ST, CAM||71||73|
|Reiss Nelson||21||RM, RW||72||73|
|Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson||26||GK||70||68|