How the Arsenal starting eleven could look for next season.
It’s a very important season for Arsenal as they prepare for the new campaign, looking to win the Premier League title and challenge competitively in the Champions League.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly already working hard on transfers to improve his side, despite recently admitting that in his experience, big deals don’t get done prior to World Cups starting.
We’ve taken a look at some of the players Arsenal have been linked with to try and get an idea of their possible starting side for the first Premier League game of next season.
GK – Wojciech Szczesny
Arsenal have just had a £6 million offer turned down for David Marshall but even if they sign the Cardiff man, the Pole will be number one.
RB – Serge Aurier
Aurier would be a great replacement for Bacary Sagna. He’s experienced in top level football in France and is a very versatile defensive player.
CB – Per Mertesacker
The big German was one of Arsenal’s most consistent players last season and barring a poor World Cup, he’ll start in defence.
CB – Laurent Koscielny
Next to him could be the Frenchman who formed a great relationship with Mertesacker throughout last season.
LB – Kieran Gibbs
Gibbs guarantees pace and that’s what Wenger should be looking for to get at his Premier League rivals next season.
RM – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
The Ox suffered a knee injury in the recent England friendly against Ecuador. Providing Roy Hodgson doesn’t game with him too much. He should be fit for the new campaign.
DM – Mathieu Flamini
It’s important for Arsenal to retain a player in their midfield who is capable of breaking up the opposition play and being aggressive.
CM – Aaron Ramsey
Ramsey will benefit from an extended break as he’s not going to the World Cup. He was Arsenal’s best midfielder last season so it would be amazing if he doesn’t keep his place.
AM – Mesut Ozil
Much has been made of Ozil’s first season in England and his ability to star at the World Cup this summer. Even if he gets slammed by the German press, he’ll stay in the side.
LM – Angel Di Maria
Di Maria would be the perfect player to come in on the left hand side for the Gunners. It’s just a case of whether they can get the deal done after Brazil, which is difficult to gauge based on recent comments from Carlo Ancelotti and Florentino Perez.
ST – Olivier Giroud
Even if Arsenal sign someone like Mario Mandzukic or Mario Balotelli, Wenger would more than likely show faith to Giroud.