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Arsenal XI: 2013/14 season

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Arsenal have been linked with a whole host of top talent this summer, and here we look at how Arsene Wenger's side could line-up on the first day of the 2013/14 Premier League season.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Goalkeeper: Julio Cesar

The experienced Brazilian is reportedly available for as little as £1.5 million due to QPR's relegation.

Arsenal are known admirers, though they face stiff competition from Napoli for the player's signature.

While Wojciech Szczęsny has shown great signs of promise, he is still prone to mistakes and there are question marks over how he handles the pressure of big games.

Right-back: Bacary Sagna

Rumours about the Gunner’s willingness to sell him seems to have cooled down, with the right-back recently confirming his desire to stay with Arsenal.

Sagna should still manage to beat injury troubles and competition from Carl Jenkinson to retain his first-team status next year.

Centre-back: Per Mertesacker

The lanky German had some problems adapting to the pace of the Premier League, but has now settled into a nice partnership with Laurent Koscielny.

Their contrasting styles compliment each other very well, proven by the fact that Arsenal boasted the second best defensive record in the Premier League last season.

His performance towards the latter part of the campaign helped Arsenal secure the much-coveted final Champions League spot on a dramatic final day.

Centre-back: Laurent Koscielny

On the back of perhaps his best season in an Arsenal shirt, Koscielny has attracted interest from the big wigs of Europe, with both Barcelona and Bayern Munich registering their interest in the strong-tackling defender.

The Frenchman, however, recently said that he has no intention of leaving Arsenal and the Gunners fans will no doubt hope he stays true to his word.

Left-back: Kieran Gibbs

Arsenal’s January addition, Nacho Monreal, provided some impressive performances towards the end of last season, but Gibbs should be able to earn his place back in the first-team.

While Monreal is better going forward, Gibbs might be more experienced to the pace and trickery of Premier League wingers, which should see him just edge out this competition.

Centre-midfield: Marouane Fellaini

The Everton midfielder is the exact kind of player that Arsenal’s fans have been crying out for since the departure of former club captain, Patrick Vieira.

Arsenal have often been criticised for being too pretty and devoid of any muscle in midfield, and with reports that Arsenal may have activated Fellaini's buy-out clause, Arsenal may at last be getting the man they require.

Centre-midfield: Mikel Arteta

Arteta has impressed on a consistent basis as an Arsenal player and with the arrival of Fellaini, Arteta would be able to play in his preferred role in the centre of the park, rather than as an anchorman.

Centre-midfield: Jack Wilshere

Arsenal’s golden boy is touted to one day become captain of both club and country, and is undoubtedly one of the biggest talents in England.

Keeping him fit might be pivotal to how Arsenal perform throughout the season.

Right attacking-midfield: Santi Cazorla

The ambidextrous midfielder was perhaps the signing of the season last year, taking no time to settle into the Arsenal team and has made them tick throughout, being their main creative force in midfield.

Left attacking-midfield: Cesc Fabregas

While Fabregas has insisted that he has no intention of leaving Barcelona, there are still rumours that he might be heading back to his home away from home.

With Wenger being in continuous contact with Fabregas and with the Catalan giant’s recent signing of Neymar, speculation has grown stronger of a return to The Emirates for Cesc.

Striker: Gonzalo Higuain

Arsenal are in advanced talks with Higuain, according to his agent and father, with a personal deal agreed between the player and Arsenal, according to reports.

While difference between the two clubs over the player’s valuation have caused some complications, the deal is still expected to go through.

Substitutes: Wojciech Szczesny, Thomas Vermaelen, Nacho Monreal, Tomas Rosicky, Aaron Ramsey, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott.

 

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