With the transfer window closed and the Premier League squads settled, it is now possible to assess the players at each club and come up with what would be their strongest XIs.
GMS Academy member Femi Hilekaan has takes a look at Arsenal and picks out the deadliest starting XI available to Arsene Wenger.
Wojciech Szczesny: Last season, the competition at the goalkeeping department for Arsenal was anaemic, and that defect heaped pressure on the polish international.
Maybe one could fault his occasionally poor and careless displays between the sticks due to pressure, but aside that, he’s an absolutely genius keeper, and was highly influential for Wenger’s men last season with some breathtaking saves.
He’s managed to replicate that form this season however, and has already done wonders; the north London Derby was an example of what is possible with the Pole. A fully confident Szczesny oozes quality.
Bacary Sagna: If you need a clear example for the word ‘consistent', you can point to Sagna. Ever since he completed the move from Ligue 1 Auxerre in July 2007, to Arsenal, the France international has produced some scintillating performances.
Sagna has become one of the most consistent right-backs in the league, with his ability to support the attack and also defend simultaneously is just exciting to watch, not forgetting his immense aerial quality and ability to win headers.
Kieran Gibbs: Young, strong, quick and reliable, the England international has unexpectedly matured into a first team player from being a rookie academy member.
Last season Gibbs received heaps of praise from both Wenger and his teammates for some mouth-watering defensive displays. This eventually led to him signing a long contract with the club during the festive period of last season.
Laurent Koscielny: After that Horrendous mistake in the league cup final that ended the gunners hopes of terminating the unending trophy drought run.
In a strange twist of fate, the player has since kept that behind him and is, rapidly, becoming one of the most decorated defender in the world. His body positioning and strength to ward off any threat from any sort of striker is simply incredible.
His eye for goals hasn’t gone unnoticed; scoring important goals mostly.
Per Mertesacker: Despite receiving criticism from the Arsenal faithful for being too slow for English football, Per has defiled all odds and formed a strong bond with fellow team-mate Koscielny at the heart of the Gunners' defence.
Mikel Arteta: After making that deadline day switch from Merseyside to north London, the Spaniard has turned into one of Arsene’s best acquisitions. What's more, he had to endure the manager’s decision to convert him into a defensive midfielder, where he has excelled.
Jack Wilshere: Having a player like Jack in your side is similar to going into a sword-battle with a gun. The England international is certainly one of the brightest young prospects in football.
His ability to command the midfield; pace; versatility; stamina is a sneak peak his
specialties. Though, he has had his down-time with recurring injuries which limited
his playing time for club and country.
Aaron Ramsey: The unfortunate incident at the Britannia stadium is one to forget for the Welsh midfielder - a collision with Ryan Shawcross left him with a badly broken leg.
The majority of last season saw him produce unsatisfactory performances, which saw the player receive the expected hair-dryer treatment from the fans.
But improvement in the latter stages of last season and a string of excellent displays in the pre-season games gave the player the boost he needs. He has since carried that pre-season form into the new campaign and impressed the majority so far.
Mesut Özil: Although yet to feature in an Arsenal jersey, Özil will probably shine for the Gunners this season.
After an excruciating summer transfer window for the fans, where they could only gnash their teeth as the club failed to land major targets, Wenger and his transfer gangs knew anything short of a word-class signing could erupt a volcano amongst the fans during the transfer deadline day madness.
They responded sensationally to impress the locals; securing the signature of one of the best midfielders in the world. Özil has a vast range of talents and is certainly one to watch for Arsenal this season.
Santi Cazorla: In what many believe to be a steal from Malaga, Arsenal have the diminutive Spaniard their attacking fulcrum. A player who possess the qualities of a world class player, one can only imagine the havoc they would inflict on defences when he combines with new recruit Mesut Özil.
Olivier Giroud: Despite his inability to reproduce Robin Van Persie’s form last year, the player forked out a healthy sum of goals for someone in their maiden Premier League season.
This season though, the former Montpellier striker has gotten off to a flying start; scoring four goals in five games so far this season. And if he is getting the regular supplies he deserves, Giroud is steadily becoming a more dangerous goal threat and is a candidate for the Golden Boot.
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