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Only two players remain from Mikel Arteta’s first Arsenal XI

Mikel Arteta has transformed Arsenal during his time as manager.

Arteta took over the club he used to captain back in 2019, replacing Unai Emery in the hot seat.

His first game in charge came on December 26, 2019, in a 1-1 draw away against Bournemouth.

His XI for that game is very, very different to the type of line-up we see from the Gunners just under four years later.

Bernd Leno, who has now joined Fulham, played in goal. Arsenal’s right-back for the day was the now-released Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

A centre-back duo of Sokratis and David Luiz kicked off the game, with neither player in England anymore.

The left-back was one of just two survivors, though Bukayo Saka is now firmly cemented as a right-winger.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Reiss Nelson played at LW, CAM and RW. And finally, Alexandre Lacazette led the line.

Arsenal’s best XI has changed dramatically since then with Arteta’s team now looking more like this:

Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Rice, Odegaard, Havertz(Xhaka if he stays), Saka, Martinelli, Jesus.

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Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.

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