FM17: Arsenal Squad Player Ratings Breakdown

Here’s the Arsenal squad on Football Manager 2017 with all the player ratings revealed and broken down to help you understand your squad.

oliver stein by Oli Stein

RealSport have been scouring through Football Manager 2017, the immersive manager experience game from Sports Interactive, to give you the lowdown on every Premier League squad.

To help you understand your squad, we’ve included each player’s star rating, in terms of their current and potential ability, their value and age. For example, if a player has a low current ability rating, but high potential, he is probably a young player that should be loaned out for improvement. If they have high current and potential ratings, they can slot straight into your first team.

The important thing to remember, however, is it’s all relative with FM. A two star player at one club may well be a four star player at another of lesser stature.

Arsenal’s starting transfer and wage budgets are as follows:

Transfer budget: £39,400,000

Wage budget: £3,001,315


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Goalkeeper Petr Cech 4 4 34 Czech £5.25m
Goalkeeper David Ospina 2.5 2.5 27 Colombia £9m


Note that whilst David Ospina may have a higher value, Petr Cech is the better ‘keeper, as highlighted by his higher current star ability. It may be worth selling Ospina whilst you can and signing a younger back-up to groom for Cech’s imminent retirement as he starts the game at age 34.


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Defender Mathieu Debuchy 2.5 2.5 30 France £3.4m
Defender Carl Jenkinson 2.5 2.5 24 England £8.5m
Defender Hector Bellerin 3 3.5 21 Spain £22.5m
Defender Shkodran Mustafi 3.5 4 24 Germany £27m
Defender Nacho Monreal 3 3 30 Spain £9m
Defender Kieran Gibbs 2.5 2.5 26 England £10.5m
Defender Laurent Koscielny 4 4 30 France £13.5m
Defender Pet Mertesacker 3.5 3.5 31 Germany £5.75m
Defender Gabriel Paulista 3 3 25 Brazil £18.75m
Defender Rob Holding 2.5 2.5 20 England £3m


As you can see, Mustafi and Koscielny are crucial to Arsenal’s defence and they are the ones to hold onto. Keen an eye on Bellerin, too, as he will develop into a world-class right back, though you may face a struggle to keep him at the club once the offers start flooding in. He will provide assists aplenty and he’s a definite starter. It may be worth selling Monreal or Gibbs to find a left back of better quality, though they are hard to come by in today’s market. Mertesacker, too, should be let go to clear up some room for manouevre in the transfer market.


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Midfielder Mohamed Elneny 3 3 23 Egypt £21m
Midfielder Franic Coquelin 3 3 25 France £21m
Midfielder Granit Xhaka 3 3 23 Switzerland £28.5m
Midfielder Santi Cazorla 3.5 3.5 31 Spain £11m
Midfielder Aaron Ramsey 3.5 3.5 25 Wales £33.5m
Midfielder Theo Walcott 2.5 2.5 27 England £30m
Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 3 4 22 England £22m
Midfielder Danny Welbeck 3 3 25 England £30m
Midfielder Mesut Ozil 4.5 4.5 27 Germany £55m


In Özil, Arsenal have one of the best players on the game and he will provide plenty of assists for your strikers. It may be worth sending Elneny out on loan to improve as Xhaka and Coquelin will have the holding role covered between them. Maybe even sell him as he will command a fee in excess of £22million. Ramsey may also be a better choice to start than Cazorla as the former is younger and has room for improvement. Make sure you persist with Oxlade-Chamberlain (note his high four star potential) as he can develop into a world-beater. Welbeck may be one for the transfer list as he commands a high fee and is constantly plagued by injury problems, even on the game, which hampers his development.


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Striker Lucas Perez 3 3 27 Spain £30m
Striker Alex Iwobi 2.5 3.5 20 Nigeria £12.25m
Striker Alexis Sanchez 4.5 4.5 27 Chile £50m
Striker Olivier Giroud 3 3 29 France £21.5m


If you’re not playing Iwobi, send him out on loan as he has the potential to develop into a great player with the right guidance. Giroud may be a better option to start with, but note his advancing age and subsequently declining ability, so it might be in your best interests to sell whilst you can if you’re short of funds. Sanchez is Arsenal’s best player and is an obvious choice for the striker position, though it depends on your tactics. He’s best suited to a false nine role, whereas Giroud makes for a much better target man or poacher. Don’t forget, Sanchez was once a winger…



Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_