It was back last summer when Arsene Wenger stunned fans by splashing out an astronomical fee on Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil, and this season more stars will be expected to be plying their trade at the Emirates come September 2.
It's expected that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger won't disappoint, having a war-chest at his disposal for the transfer of new players. As per usual the rumours have already started intensifying, with fans and media alike having their say. There's already been one signing for Arsenal, and he does feature in the squad.
So, after considering which of the rumours could actually be realistic enough to be true, the following is a starting line-up that Arsenal could field, on the opening day of the 2014/15 campaign against Crystal Palace:
Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczesny
Szczesny, like many others in the Arsenal squad are clear regulars, being the first names Wenger puts on the team-sheet, and once again why should he be replaced? Szczesny, along with Chelsea's Petr Cech, kept the most clean sheets back last season with the duo ultimately sharing the prestigious 'Golden Glove'. More of the same will be expected this coming season.
Right-Back: Mathieu Debuchy
With Bacary Sagna now at Manchester City, Wenger needs to sign a new right-back to cover the void left by the Frenchman, and Wenger certainly doesn't have to look far with fellow Frenchman Debuchy definitely fitting the bill being one of the brightest right-backs last season. Debuchy has pace, a good cross, and is always back to defend when the other team are on the attack. Another bonus, he's pretty affordable, Wenger won't have to spend a fortune to acquire him.
Centre-Back: Laurent Koscielny
Why change something which needs no work, Koscielny and Mertesacker formed what could be seen as a formidable partnership back last season and the season before as well. The duo were almighty last season, with their understanding and communication brightening up the Arsenal defence. Together they appeared one of the finest partnerships in the Premier League, and obviously won't need replacing for a long time.
Centre-Back: Per Mertesacker
After taking for some, too long, to settle in the Premier League when he first joined the Gunners all is definitely forgotten now with Mertesacker definitely fans favourite. As mentioned before, Mertesacker and Koscielny worked extremely well last season, and Arsene Wenger would be mad to change his centre-backs. A potential captain in our midst? Definitely.
Left-Back: Kieran Gibbs
Perhaps there are better players to Gibbs, and he may not be favoured so much in the England squad, with Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw in front of him in the pecking order, but realistically he is the best left-back Arsenal has and is without question a talented player. Gibbs seems to have good form for the Gunners, and massive potential for the future. Arsene Wenger trusts in Gibbs, and wouldn't dream of buying a replacement, with Monreal already on hand to challenge for the starting place.
Centre-Midfield: Aaron Ramsey
After so many years of faith put into Ramsey by manager Arsene Wenger, now is his time to repay the boss and shine, something which he most certainly did for large parts of last season. Ramsey was Arsenal's best player last season, with his passing, crossing, and goals all proving vital for the Gunners. Ramsey's goal was what won the Gunners the FA Cup winning Arsenal their first trophy in eight years. After the promise of last season, he'll be the first name in Wenger's starting XI.
Centre-Midfield: Sami Khedira
It has been rumoured over the last week or two that it'll be Sami Khedira who will be next to make the move from Madrid over to London, and ultimately follow ex team-mate Mesut Ozil to the Emirates. Khedira, after spending a long period on the sidelines most recently, has really shined at the World Cup in Brazil, really showing against Brazil that he can contribute to attacks as well as being a tough-tackling midfielder in his deeper position. With Jack Wilshere suffering from constant injury over the past few years somebody needs to be brought in, if not Khedira then possibly Lars Bender?
Right-Wing: Theo Walcott
With Walcott spending the majority of his time last season on the sidelines, it was quite apparent that Wenger's squad missed their prize asset, and on some occasions struggled without him. No other player really made the effort to make the runs beyond Olivier Giroud, and the Arsenal attacks appeared disjointed. It's fair to say Arsenal missed him; and Wenger will be hoping that Walcott's pace won't have been affected by the injury picked up this season. Walcott makes the perfect winger, and is already a regular in the Arsenal squad, at just 25-years-old.
Attacking-Midfield: Mesut Ozil
It was thought to be the signing of last summer, but unfortunately after getting off to such a brilliant start, Mesut Ozil’s campaign at Arsenal definitely went downhill ending the season average at best. Ozil did show what he could do, but injury plagued his season somewhat, and the German just couldn't get back on form on his return. With Arsene Wenger previously agreeing to shell out £42.5m for his services, putting so much faith in the youngster, it would be ridiculous to see him left out of the line-up.
Left-Wing: Santi Cazorla
The little Spaniard, since moving to the Emirates, has produced consistent performances for the Gunners. Cazorla was called up to his national team Spain for this year's World Cup, but did not feature when perhaps he should of. The quality, skills and intelligence possessed by Cazorla obviously makes him another of the first names in Arsene Wenger's line-up. However, with rumours previously stating that Cazorla wants a move away from the club, it could be a different story. For now though, Arsenal fans shouldn't expect him to depart.
Striker: Alexis Sanchez
It was confirmed on Arsenal's Twitter page that Arsene Wenger has made his first marquee signing, bringing in Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for £35 million; and one would imagine that Arsenal's new asset won't disappoint! A lot should be expected from Sanchez, and for £35 million Wenger must be confident that he has the quality. With Sanchez on board Arsenal fans can expect goals, pace, versatility, and finally some back-up for Olivier Giroud. With Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal's pace will be simply unimaginable. Will Sanchez and Giroud form the next 'SAS' partnership?
Striker: Olivier Giroud
After being such an ever-present figure in Arsenal's squad last season it would be extremely difficult to see Giroud on the bench, even if a new striker has been signed by September 2nd. The Frenchman grabbed 22 goals back last season, finishing top goalscorer, it is quite appearent that he needs to be in the squad.
Giroud now has back-up in Sanchez, something he craved for back last term when the Frenchman appeared isolated at times. It was one of Wenger's biggest mistakes not to get a striker in back last term, but the problem should now be resolved. There's no excuses now.
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