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Premier League team of the season features Arsenal trio but no Saka or Odegaard

The Premier League season is over and we have some business to address before we get into our Euro 2024 groove.

One of the most important post-season features is our team of the season. It includes as many Manchester City players as Arsenal, with seven clubs in total represented.

On the whole, it has been a positive season for Everton and Sean Dyche, and Jordan Pickford has been the Toffees’ best player, although he has had a decent centre-back partnership of James Tarkowski and Jarrad Branthwaite to protect him.

David Raya might have won the Golden Glove but that feels more like a team award given the incredible defensive strength of Arsenal as a whole. Pickford, on the other hand, earned many of his clean sheets from his individual brilliance. He is a worthy inclusion in our team of the season.

After the season White has enjoyed, right-back is definitely not a position we think Arteta needs to address. He has been bloody brilliant.

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CB: William Saliba (Arsenal)
Arsenal have been outstanding defensively this season and William Saliba has played every single minute, the first time an outfielder has done this for the Gunners in a Premier League campaign.

There is a small debate about who is superior between Saliba and his partner-in-crime Gabriel Magalhaes, but the Frenchman gets the nod this time. It was bloody close, for what it’s worth. Gabriel is very underrated.

 

CB: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
The winner of over 80% of his aerial duels in 2023/24, Virgil van Dijk has been a monster in the Liverpool defence this season, reinvigorated from earning the full-time captaincy following Jordan Henderson’s controversial move to Saudi Arabian club Al Ettifaq, managed by the greatest Reds player of all time, Steven Gerrard.

 

A lot of people thought Van Dijk was finished at the top level after failing to reach the same level he was pre-ACL injury. He probably deserved more slack than he received, in fairness, and his form this season has shut up any doubters. He is still one of the best defenders in the business.

 

LB: Josko Gvardiol (Manchester City)
Unarguably the weakest position in the team, the choices for left-back were not great. Andy Robertson has the best rating on WhoScored, while Antonee Robinson and Vitaliy Mykolenko both had stellar campaigns. After a shaky start following a big-money transfer from RB Leipzig, we have gone for Josko Gvardiol, who proved to be crucial for Man City during the run-in.

Not only have his goals been crucial for City during the second half of the season, but Gvardiol has looked a lot more comfortable in possession, solid defensively, and has, in the grand scheme of things, adjusted to Pep Guardiola’s style of play pretty quickly.

nominated to win Premier League Player of the Year. Winning the damn thing over team-mate Phil Foden would have raised not a single eyebrow. Yet, he wasn’t even bloody up for the award. Crazy.

It has been another historic campaign for the Spanish defensive midfielder, who scored a crucial goal on the final day of the season against West Ham.

Not only is Rodri ridiculously talented on the ball with his press-evasive play and positioning, but he is incredible defensively and has added goals and assists to his game, which takes the piss quite frankly. There is nobody on the same level as him in his position. Not even…

 

DM: Declan Rice (Arsenal)
Our signing of the season, Declan Rice has been outstanding for Arsenal, joining England team-mates Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale in north London after guiding West Ham to Europa Conference League glory in Prague.

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