The three Arsenal players who have stepped up to join leadership group

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The three Arsenal players who have stepped up to join leadership group

A trio of newcomers are starting to make their presence felt in the squad (Picture: Getty)

Three Arsenal players have stepped up to join the club’s leadership group after the departures of David Luiz and William left a void in the dressing room, according to reports.

The Gunners have significantly reshaped their squad over the past few transfer windows, bringing in a younger core of mainly British players, though they did lose several experienced, senior figures in the process.

Notably the 34-year-old David Luiz was released at the end of last season when his contract expired, with the Brazilian having provided a wealth of know-how and been an intrinsic part of the dressing room.

Gabriel during Arsenal Training Session

Gabriel has become a large presence in the Arsenal team (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal hoped other players would step up in his absence and, according to The Athletic, that is exactly what has happened.

Luiz’s countryman, Gabriel, has come out from the rather large shadow of his compatriot and has assumed more responsibility on and off the pitch, markedly improving his English.

The 23-year-old missed the first three Premier League games of the season but has been ever-present since then, playing 90 minutes in each of Arsenal’s last eight games.

It is no coincidence that Arsenal are unbeaten over that period, conceding just four goals, with Gabriel marshalling the back-line and becoming a real leader behind the scenes.

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Another player who has featured extensively during that run is summer signing Aaron Ramsdale, with the goalkeeper’s ‘extrovert personality’ galvanising the team.

The three Arsenal players who have stepped up to join leadership group

Gabriel, White and Ramsdale have become a very close unit (Picture: Getty)

Ramsdale has quickly become an example to the rest of the squad and a vocal presence, while fellow new recruit Ben White has also taken it upon himself to rally his teammates and provides another strong voice in the dressing room.

That trio have brought a fresh dynamic to Arsenal this season and can routinely be seen high-fiving after goal-saving tackles or brilliant saves, forming a close bond at the base of the team.

In addition to Gabriel, White and Ramsdale increasing the winning mentality and leadership in the squad, the continued development of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe has also been described as adding to the ‘feel-good factor’ around the club.


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