Predicted Arsenal XI for next season: Including Reina and Di Maria

Pepe Reina

Here's what Arsenal's starting eleven could look like for next season.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is going to be one of the busiest managers in the Premier League after the World Cup.

The Frenchman needs to improve several areas of his team with a new right-back, centre-back, winger, striker and a back up goalkeeper all arguably needed ahead of the new season.

Arsenal’s financial strength means they’re linked with some of the best players in Europe on a regular basis and we’ve made an attempt to name the club’s starting side for next season based on the latest transfer rumours.

GK – Pepe Reina

Reina has been suggested as a potential £5 million signing for the club. He’d be an extremely experienced back up to Wojciech Szczesny though his motives for going on loan at Napoli last season were that he didn’t want to be a deputy, which creates doubt.

RB – Serge Aurier

Aurier is a player likely to sign on the dotted line as soon as the World Cup is over. It would be a major surprise if he didn’t join the Gunners.

CB – Per Mertesacker

The big German keeps his place. He was one of the club’s most consistent players last season.

CB – Laurent Koscielny

The Frenchman is his obvious partner on the left sided of central defence. Any centre-backs coming into the club are likely to start behind either in the pecking order.

LB – Kieran Gibbs

With speculation surrounding the future of Nacho Monreal, Kieran Gibbs is likely to start the season as the club’s main left-back.

RM – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal are at their very best when they have pace in their attack. The Ox is someone who can be effective from both wide and central positions.

DM – Sven Bender

The defensive Borussia Dortmund star is a player who could definitely do a job in front of the back four. He can provide that grit and aggression, which only comes from Mathieu Flamini at the moment.

CM – Aaron Ramsey

If Rambo starts next season anywhere other than right in the heart of the midfield, it would be a huge surprise.

AM – Mesut Ozil

The German midfielder is likely to slot in behind the main striker. He’ll be the player the Gunners try to get on the ball as quickly as possible.

LM – Angel Di Maria

Di Maria is definitely a player Arsenal could go after following the World Cup. He’s an important player for Real Madrid but unlikely to get ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale in the pecking order.

ST - Mario Balotelli

All of the speculation points towards a £20-25 million move for Balotelli. It would be a risk by Wenger but he's one of the few people who could turn the Italian into one of the best strikers in the world.

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