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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.

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


PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
GoalkeeperPetr Cech4434Czech£5.25m
GoalkeeperDavid Ospina2.52.527Colombia£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 retirment as he starts the game at age 34.


PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
DefenderMathieu Debuchy2.52.530France£3.4m
DefenderCarl Jenkinson2.52.524England£8.5m
DefenderHector Bellerin33.521Spain£22.5m
DefenderShkodran Mustafi3.5424Germany£27m
DefenderNacho Monreal3330Spain£9m
DefenderKieran Gibbs2.52.526England£10.5m
DefenderLaurent Koscienly4430France£13.5m
DefenderPet Mertesacker3.53.531Germany£5.75m
DefenderGabriel Paulista3325Brazil£18.75m
DefenderRob Holding2.52.520England£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.


PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
MidfielderMohamed elneny3323Egypt£21m
MidfielderFranic Coquelin3325France£21m
MidfielderGranit Xhaka3323Switzerland£28.5m
MidfielderSanti Cazorla3.53.531Spain£11m
MidfielderAaron Ramsey3.53.525Wales£33.5m
MidfielderTheo Walcott2.52.527England£30m
MidfielderAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain3422England£22m
MidfielderDanny Welbeck3325England£30m
MidfielderMesut Ozil4.54.527Germany£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 probems, even on the game, which hampers his development.


PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
StrikerLucas Perez3327Spain£30m
StrikerAlex Iwobi2.53.520Nigeria£12.25m
StrikerAlexis Sanchez4.54.527Chile£50m
StrikerOlivier Giroud3329France£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 tacitcs. 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

Football Editor

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has been RealSport's football editor since September 2016.

He's a Tottenham Hotspur fan first and objective football writer second!

Oli is also a defensive end for American football club the London Blitz, starting his career on the offensive line with his Bristol university team.

FM17: Arsenal Squad Player Ratings Breakdown

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