Ranking Arsenal Players on Their Instagram Accounts

James McNicholasFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2017

Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal pose with a camera after the FA Cup Final.
Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal pose with a camera after the FA Cup Final.Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Almost every footballer has a carefully managed Instagram account. Players use Instagram to communicate with fans, showing them glimpses of life away from the pitch as well as highlighting important moments on the field.

In this piece, we look at the accounts of the Arsenal squad to find out who has gained the biggest following.

Read on to discover who the most popular Arsenal player is on the social media platform.

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30. Nacho Monreal: 4,916 Followers

Spanish defender Nacho Monreal's lack of followers is explained by his lack of posts; he has not uploaded a new picture since the summer of 2016. Perhaps he's been concentrating on his game instead—Monreal enjoyed a fantastic end to the 2016/17 season.

   

29. Per Mertesacker: 50,100

Arsenal's club captain's relatively low follower count is explained by the fact he is fairly new to Instagram. After his FA Cup final heroics, it's surely a matter of time until Per Mertesacker's Instagram becomes one of the club's more popular accounts.

    

28. Yaya Sanogo: 60,200 Followers

Yaya Sanogo did not feature for the Arsenal first team last season. Perhaps that inactivity explains his low follower count. If Sanogo had managed to make himself part of Arsene Wenger's squad, he'd be faring far better.

   

27. Gedion Zelalem: 134,000 Followers

Although Gedion Zelalem is on the fringes of the Arsenal squad, there has been plenty of hype around the young playmaker. His declaration for the U.S. international team has also increased interest in his development on the other side of the Atlantic.

    

26. Carl Jenkinson: 137,000 Followers

Carl Jenkinson's Instagram page reveals an idiosyncratic fashion sense that seems a little at odds with his unfussy playing style. If he could force his way into the Arsenal team slightly more regularly, perhaps more people would take an interest in his sartorial stylings.

     

25. Jeff Reine-Adelaide: 148,000 Followers

Over the next few years, Jeff Reine-Adelaide will surely rise up these rankings. Although he is still little more than a fringe player at Arsenal, he is highly rated, and many expect him to play an increasingly prominent role in Wenger's plans.

    

24. Emi Martinez: 171,000 Followers

As the club's third-choice goalkeeper, Emi Martinez is not the most high profile player on Arsenal’s books. This summer, he has been posting pictures of a post-season trip to the Maldives.

     

23. Rob Holding: 173,000 Followers

In his first campaign at Arsenal, Rob Holding accumulated over 150,000 Instagram followers. His performances in his debut season were highly impressive, so it seems inevitable that figure will grow over the coming year. Holding looks like someone who will form a major part of the Arsenal squad going forward.

    

22. Lucas Perez: 247,000 Followers

Lucas Perez had plenty of time to focus on his social media output in 2017, having been curiously left out of Wenger's plans in the latter part of last season. He at least had time to see the sights of London, including the Harry Potter tour at Warner Bros. Studios. 

    

21. Olivier Giroud: 288,000 Followers

French forward Olivier Giroud tends to use Instagram for holiday snaps, major footballing milestones and the occasional commercial endorsement. His is a relatively impersonal account, which probably explains his lack of followers.

     

20. Danny Welbeck: 406,000 Followers

Danny Welbeck only joined Instagram in May 2016. He used it to chart his comeback to the team in the spring 2017, and most recently posted some celebratory pictures after the FA Cup final triumph. 

   

19. Kieran Gibbs: 464,000 Followers

Activity on Kieran Gibbs' Instagram has slowed as the player's first-team opportunities have dwindled. It seems he has been firmly usurped as the first-choice left-back by Monreal, and there may be no way back for him at Arsenal.

    

18. Alex Iwobi: 571,00 Followers

As an academy product, Alex Iwobi is an immensely popular young player at Arsenal. However, that has not yet translated into his social media following. As he gains more international experience with Nigeria, that is likely to change.

     

17. Gabriel Paulista: 638,000 Followers

Arsenal's Brazilian centre-half updates his page regularly with pictures of his family and his professional life in London. Recently, Gabriel posted a memorable video in which he nutmegs Alexis Sanchez in training.

    

16. Shkodran Mustafi: 831,000 Followers

As an established Germany international, Shkodran Mustafi gets quite a lot of attention on social media. He used his page to document a topsy-turvy first season in English football; after a strong start, he suffered a dip in form before finding his feet again in the spring.

   

15. Calum Chambers: 1M Followers

Recently, Calum Chambers' posts have primarily been about Middlesbrough, the club with whom he spent 2016/17 on loan. This summer, he will return to Arsenal and begin posting about his life at London Colney once again.

    

14. Wojciech Szczesny: 1M Followers

Even though Wojciech Szczesny has been stationed on loan with AS Roma for the past two years, his Instagram posts show Arsenal are still close to his heart. It remains to be seen whether he will return to north London this summer.

     

13. Granit Xhaka: 1M Followers

Granit Xhaka's Instagram feed shows that he's every bit as slick off the field as he is on it. The Switzerland international enjoyed a largely positive first season in England, and will be looking to build on that (and win some new Instagram followers along the way) next time round.

    

12. Santi Cazorla: 1M Followers

Santi Cazorla is such a popular player at Arsenal that it's somewhat surprising he does not have more Instagram followers. Perhaps he will be able to increase his content output this summer as he recuperates from a series of operations.

    

11. Laurent Koscielny: 1.1M Followers

Although Mertesacker is Arsenal's club captain, it was Laurent Koscielny who wore the captain's armband for most of the 2016/17 season. Here he is pictured with the FA Cup after he was sadly forced to miss the final through suspension:

     

10. Petr Cech: 1.4M Followers

As one of the most decorated goalkeepers in the history of English football, it's no great surprise that Petr Cech is popular on Instagram. If he posted more regularly, he's probably have even more followers.

     

9. Hector Bellerin: 1.9M Followers

Hector Bellerin always looks good. Whether he's on the football pitch or just chilling on a bicycle by a wall, his hair is always well-kept and his attire perfectly fitting. One look at his Instagram page shows this is a man who knows the value of aesthetics.

     

8. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 1.9M Followers

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of the Arsenal players whose life off the field crosses over with celebrity culture. Consequently, his social media profile is impeccably maintained.

    

7. Jack Wilshere: 2M Followers

Jack Wilshere is a proud football man and a proud family man, and both those elements of his personality are evident on his Instagram page. 

     

6. Theo Walcott: 2.1M Followers

Theo Walcott has been at Arsenal for more than a decade, and over that time he has cultivated a significant bond with the Gunners fans.

    

5. Mohamed Elneny: 2.3M Followers

Few fans would've imagined that Mohamed Elneny would have such a significant online following. However, he is an established Egypt international and well thought of in his homeland. That certainly contributes to his massive following.

     

4. David Ospina: 2.5M Followers

Another surprisingly high name on this list is that of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina.

Many of his followers will come from his homeland, where Ospina is revered as the country's undisputed No. 1. Unfortunately for Ospina, the same is not true at Arsenal, where he continues to play second fiddle to Cech.

    

3. Aaron Ramsey: 2.6M Followers

Aaron Ramsey is probably among the more photogenic Arsenal players, which might explain why he figures so prominently on this list. However, he's also popular for his feats on the football pitch. After all, the Welshman has two FA Cup final-winning goals to his name.

2. Alexis Sanchez: 6.1M Followers

Alexis Sanchez's Instagram updates, particularly those including his dogs, Atom and Humber, are popular among the Arsenal fans. In fact, Alexis' pets have developed such a strong following that Alexis maintains an independent Instagram account on their behalf.

    

1. Mesut Ozil: 12.6M Followers

Arsenal's record signing is also their most followed player on Instagram. The achievement solidifies Mesut Ozil's status as a global star.

      

James McNicholas is Bleacher Report's lead Arsenal correspondent and follows the club from a London base.