Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger once again frustrated the club’s supporters as he opted against making any deadline day moves, instead spending time in Paris on a short break.
Deadline day deals aren’t really in Arsenal’s DNA, therefore fans can’t have been too surprised when the clock ticked past 6pm and the conference room at the Emirates remained empty.
The Gunners started the summer with a bang, sealing a deal for goalkeeper Petr Cech and carrying their form of late last season into their pre-season campaign.
However, even ahead of the club’s disappointing opening 2-0 Premier League defeat at home to West Ham United, calls for a new midfielder and striker were loud and clear.
Gary Neville wrote in his blog for the Telegraph that Wenger was arrogant and almost deceived in thinking that his current midfield two of Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are good enough to win the Premier League title.
Moreover, calls for striker Karim Benzema went on for pretty much the whole summer, and not for the first time in recent years. Unsurprisingly, the French international superstar remains a Real Madrid player.
As such, with just the one signing and on the condition that everyone is fit and available, this is how we feel Arsenal’s best XI lines up.
The back five pose no real surprises, with Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal holding down the full-back positions ahead of teammates Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Debuchy.
Jack Wilshere’s lack of a proper position only hinders his chances of getting into an Arsenal best XI, while the same could be said of Danny Welbeck and winger/striker Theo Walcott.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain possesses bags of ability – but where do you play him? Fortunately, the Gunners will feature in plenty of games this season and everyone will have their fair share of playing time.