Arsenal: Potential 2014/15 starting XI

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will have as much as £100m to spend on new player this summer - and the rumour mill is already in full swing, with speculation intensifying as to which household names will arrive through the doors of the Emirates Stadium before the transfer window slams shut on September 2.

Last summer, Wenger stunned us all by splashing out an astronomical £42.5m on Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil. But who could be among the Gunners’ shock signings this summer?

The following is a starting line-up that Arsenal could field - should all go to plan - on the opening day of the 2014/15 campaign:

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

Chelsea will no longer need Petr Cech once Thibaut Courtois returns to Stamford Bridge. But Arsene Wenger should make a move to replace Wojciech Szczesny with the Czech Republic international for the next few seasons.

Right-back: Serge Aurier

Hugely-promising Ivory Coast international who has become a star at Toulouse over the last 18 months. With Bacary Sagna off to Manchester City, this is a no-brainer for Wenger.

Centre-back: Laurent Koscielny

There’s no need for Wenger to break up the formidable centre-back pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, who have been colossal for the Gunners over the last season-and-a-half.

Centre-back: Per Mertesacker

As mentioned above, Per Mertesacker has been rock-solid for the Gunners alongside the France international. A potential Arsenal captain?

Left-back: Kieran Gibbs

Kieran Gibbs might find himself behind Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw at international level, but the Englishman is a fine left-back in his own right. A better option for the Gunners than the unconvincing Nacho Monreal.

Central midfield: Jack Wilshere

Can Jack Wilshere stay fit for the entire season? That’s the big question. We all know how talented the midfielder is, but we’re all still waiting for the 22-year-old to really explode.

Central midfield: Aaron Ramsey

While Jack Wilshere has yet to produce his best form, it’s a different story for his teammate Aaron Ramsey, who silenced every one of his critics this season. The Wales international will be one of the first names on the Gunners’ team-sheet next term.

Left-wing: Santi Cazorla

It feels a bit of a waste pushing Santi Cazorla out to the left flank, but where else can you play him in this star-studded line-up? The Spain international oozes class and should remain a member of Arsenal’s starting XI for the big games.

Right-wing: Theo Walcott

When Theo Walcott returns to action next season, he’ll feel like a new signing. The pacy winger missed the second of the 2013/14 campaign with a serious injury but he’ll back, better than ever, next season.

Attacking midfield: Mesut Ozil

You’d probably have to rate Mesut Ozil’s debut campaign at Arsenal with a C, or a 6/10. It was average at best. But the Gunners’ record signing will be eager to show exactly why Arsene Wenger agreed to shell out £42.5m for his services after the World Cup.

Striker: Karim Benzema

If Real Madrid sign Liverpool’s Luis Suarez then there’s every chance Karim Benzema could end up at Arsenal. The France international would be a huge upgrade on Olivier Giroud, who would unfortunately have to drop down to the bench for the most important matches.

Subs: Wojciech Szczesny, Carl Jenkinson, Nacho Monreal, Thomas Vermaelen, Mathieu Flamini, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud

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