With the Premier League season a matter of days away, we take a look at how Arsenal could line up for their first game against Liverpool.
The following side does not include players that are ruled out through injury, so players that missed a large chunk of pre-season could still feature.
Arsenal's Petr Cech
The former Chelsea man was superb for Arsenal last season as he picked up the golden glove with 16 clean sheets. Some questioned the acquisition of the Czech Republic stopper last season, however, he is proving any doubters wrong with his match winning performances helping Arsenal to finish in the Champions League places.
The left and right-back positions have never been in doubt for Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs did feature in Arsenal’s victory over Manchester City, however, so high have been the performance levels of Bellerin and Monreal that no other player has been able to get a look in.
In the centre, the defensive crisis deepens for Arsenal. Per Mertesacker has already been ruled out while Gabriel sustained an injury at the death of Arsenal’s final friendly game. Calum Chambers is an option at the back, however, Holding featured in the win over City and Arsenal’s captain will surely be rushed back into an injury-stricken defence.
Granit Xhaka and Santi Cazorla
Arsenal's Santi Cazorla in action
Possibly the most exciting part of the Arsenal team this season. Xhaka impressed at the European Championships with Switzerland, while Cazorla is making his return after a lengthy injury layoff.
Everyone knows what Cazorla brings to a team – a superb range of passing, an intelligent footballing brain, an eye for goal and a high tempo – while he is now paired with Xhaka, a player that is proficient at making a crunching tackle and picking out a pass. While both Elneny and Francis Coquelin are viable options in holding midfield, Wenger may look at this new look midfield option instead. If both can stay injury free, then it will be very interesting to see how the two players complement one another this season.
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil warms up before the match
Arsenal’s attacking midfield is always one of their most impressive features, and this season is no different. Alexis Sanchez would be an incredible addition to any team with his explosive running, quick feet and eye for goal a superbly potent aspect of Arsenal’s attack.
Aaron Ramsey enjoyed a stellar summer with Wales and will hope this continues in London this campaign. The Welshman is strong in many aspects of the modern game, but where he excels is his passing, ability on the ball, non-stop style of play and his ability to be in the right place at the right time.
The final cog of the Arsenal attacking midfield is Mesut Ozil. Possibly the Premier League’s most creative player, Ozil just has ‘it’. What ‘it’ is is very difficult to explain. An ability to find a near impossible pass, eyes in the back of his head, superb dribbling and the ability to win a game with a pass or shot - when he is on form, he is Arsenal’s most important player.
Olivier Giroud misses out purely because of his elongated run in the Euros. Walcott played 46 minutes in their win over City and was superb. A stunning solo effort and an assist only enhanced his chances of being named in the team, while his blistering pace is a problem for any team. Walcott has had his injury problems in the past, however, he will hope that this season can be one he completes. He still needs to work on his finishing and passing, but he is a real handful on his day.