How Arsenal's 2016 Premier League winning team may look

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How will a successful Arsenal side of the future look?

Arsenal's signing of Mesut Ozil is a significant one for not only the club, but the rest of the Premier League.

It signals the Gunners are not happy with their slide down the table, at risk of seeing a fourth placed finish as the best option, and want to get back to challenging for titles.

Fans have compared the deal to the signing of Dennis Bergkamp, who's 1995 arrival acted as a trigger for the club to reach the next level even before Arsene Wenger arrived.

Ozil won't be expected to produce instant success in terms of silverware, maybe not even next season. But given Arsenal's healthy finances and flourishing youth system, could it all come together for the 2015/16 season.

Here are two ways the team of the future could look?

Team A)

                      Szczesny

Bellerin, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Gibbs

      Ramsey, Zelalem, Wilshere

                   Ozil, Gnabry

                 Akpom/Giroud

This team looks at how Arsenal could look if their youth players fulfil their potential coupled with their current squad. Can Carl Jenkinson follow Bacary Sagna and move from right-back into the centre? Young Spaniard Hector Bellerin may well push him there by breaking through at right-back.

In midfield a trio of Ramsey, Zelalem and Wilshere is a mouth-watering one, with the trio having the capability to out-pass and outplay anybody. In 2016 Ramsey will have turned 25, Wilshere 24, and the pair will be approaching their peaks. Add young prospect Gedion Zelalem, 16 at present, into the mix as he develops, the potential is frightening.

Santi Cazorla will be on the edges, but forced out of the team by young Zelalem but remaining a vital squad player from the bench. And what of Theo Walcott. We expect he will quit the club and move on in 2015 after getting impatient, only to see the Gunners lift silverware without him a year later.

Mesut Ozil's creativity could be complemented by the pace and tricks of Serge Gnabry, who by this point has turned into a world class matchwinner, both providing the firepower for prolific young striker Chuba Akpom. Is it really a stretch to see the striker who bagged 20 goals for the Gunners' youth teams last season and netted for the first team in pre-season, leading the line? He will be 20 then, and sharing the responsibility with then veteran Olivier Giroud would be a lethal combination. We can't decide which one would be the top Gun in three years so have included them as a 'either or'.

Team B)

                   Szczesny

Jenkinson, Hummels, Koscielny, Shaw

                      Bender

            Wilshere, Fabregas

                       Ozil

             Giroud, Lewandowski

Option B is how a big spending Arsenal side could look. Additions in defence include German superstar Mats Hummels, bought from Dortmund to replace Per Mertesacker. At left-back, Arsenal decide to pursue Luke Shaw from Southampton who is by this point England's number one in the position.

Arsenal decide there can be a defensive midfielder no longer and persist with their efforts to sign Lars Bender from Leverkusen. In midfielder Zelalem is still not quite ready, unable to displace the returning hero Cesc Fabregas who finally calls time on his Barcelona adventure.

Up front Olivier Giroud is partnered by Polish superstar Robert Lewandowski who is tempted away from Bayern Munich where he is likely to head this summer, after winning the lot under Pep Guardiola. Could the Spanish manager be bossing Arsenal by then and be the one to bring him to the Emirates?

What do you think? Which line-up is more likely and how do you predict the Arsenal of 2015/16 could look?

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