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Arsenal's potential starting 11 this season

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It has been widely speculated that Arsene Wenger has money to spend this summer, but as we are almost half-way through the transfer window, it is becoming increasingly clear that he needs to make crucial signings before the opening game of the Premier League season against Aston Villa if they want to challenge for the title.

We take a look at what the Arsenal line-up could look like against Aston Villa, providing Wenger makes good on his promise to bring recognised talent in.

 

Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczesny

The young Polish goalkeeper should keep his place in goal next season with no strong reports linking Arsenal with a new number one this summer. He had a few fine performances last season which helped Arsenal gain a top-four finish.

Right Back: Bacary Sagna

France International Sagna should retain his place in the Arsenal side this season after a few fine performances last season. Sagna is always an option going forward and will be one of Wenger's most experienced men this season.

Centre Backs: Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny

Mertesacker is expected to partner Koscielny at the heart of Arsenal's defence ahead of Thomas Vermaelen on the opening day to deal with the threat posed by Christian Benteke. Benteke is a huge threat in the air and Mertesacker gets the nod due to his height.

Left Back: Nacho Monreal

The Spanish full-back was signed in the January transfer window from Malaga but as he was cup-tied, Arsenal fans didn't get to see as much of Monreal as they would have hoped. However, the import has shown glimpses of his ability in the Premier League.

Centre Midfielders: Francesc Fabregas and Mikel Arteta

There is a high possibility Fabregas will leave the Camp Nou this summer, but what most reporters are forgetting while they speculate about his imminent arrival to Manchester United is that Arsenal have first refusal on their former captain. He could link up with Arteta in the heart of midfield and form a fantastic partnership as Arteta is also a native Spaniard. 

Left Midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The England international has been in fine form of late and this should continue in the coming season. The winger has pace to burn and can cut inside and find the net also. He could be a key player if Arsenal are to challenge for the Premier league.

Centre Attacking Midfield: Santi Cazorla

Cazorla pulled the strings in Arsenal's midfield last season and if Fabregas were to arrive, he could push forward and contribute with even more goals and assists.

Right Midfield: Theo Walcott

We saw glimpses of what Walcott is really capable of last season and if given adequate playing time, Walcott could really excel in the right midfield role or playing as a striker.

Striker: Luis Suarez

Arsenal have already had a reported £40 million bid for Suarez rejected but the Uruguayan has said he is open to remaining in the Premier League as he feels he needs to be playing Champions League football - something that his current club cannot provide him with. Unless Liverpool can improve drastically this season, there is the possibility of a Suarez move to the Emirates.

 

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Mikel Arteta
Per Mertesacker
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Bacary Sagna
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Luis Suarez
Santi Cazorla

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