Arsenal: Squad dilemma

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Many people were disappointed with Arsenal's league performance last year, despite edging out their north London rivals in the race for Champions League qualification. 

Many put this down to a lack of players as, at times, it was suggested they had less than 20 players available for first-team last season. This is considerably less than other clubs such as Manchester United and Chelsea, who had much larger squads and therefore more options.

However, even though they have a small squad, the competition for first-team action is still high.

GK: Szczesny held the No.1 spot for Arsenal for the majority of the season, however towards the end he came out of favour and was replaced by Fabianski. 

The Polish International came into the squad and had a good record contributing to Arsenals 10 game unbeaten run that helped them secure the final Champions League place ahead of rivals Tottenham. 

LB: Kieran Gibbs did well throughout most of the season but then suffered an injury in January. Desperate for a left-back Arsenal signed Nacho Monreal from Malaga FC who turned out to be a good asset to the squad. 

CB: Vermaelen held the Arsenals back-line and captain's armband until January. The defeats to Bayern Munich and Tottenham saw him left to the bench and replaced with the well organised Mertesacker and Koscielny. 

RB: This is the position that is being heavily disputed by fans and coaches alike. People think Bacary Sanga is a talented footballer however it seems more and more clear that his age is becoming a problem and love for the club is fading with every match. 

However Carl Jenkinson is said not to be ready for first team action, despite claiming he will push for it next season. 

MID: Wilshere's injury problems leave him susceptible to inconsistency. However, he did have a great season last year so will almost defiantly see the first team week in, week out. 

Arteta performed well as Arsenal's vice captain, and stepping in for Vermaelen towards the end of the season. Aaron Ramsey is an exciting young prospect however may find it hard to get in the first team next season. Santi Carzola had an exceptional season and by the end was a fan favourite so is almost guaranteed a place in the starting 11 next season providing he does not receive an injury. 

LW/RW: Walcott had the best season of his career so far ending with 14 Premier League goals. He will make the team but will he be striker or winger. 

Gervinho was quite disappointing having several howlers such as the miss from inside the six yard box against Bradford that saw Arsenal get knocked out of the Capital One Cup - and he now looks set to leave the Emirates for Roma. Chamberlain didn’t really make the starting line ups last season but who knows what will happen this season. 

ST: This is said to be Arsenals weak point. However, the Gunners have been on the hunt for a new world class striker - with the signing of Luis Suarez still a possibility. 

How do you think Arsenal will line up next season. Leave comments below:


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