With speculation rife about the signings Arsenal will be making, and Alexis Sanchez already confirmed, this is a possible squad and starting line-up for the coming season.
The team picked into a 4-3-3 formation but the players involved are flexible enough to go into a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-4-2 at any time. It's that flexibility that the Gunners have lacked recently.
Goalkeeper - Wojciech Szczesny
No reason for much change here, only a new backup needed. Rumors of David Ospina are floating around but personally I would target an English player such as John Ruddy who will help with the homegrown quota while also having proven Premier League experience.
Right-back - Mathieu Debuchy
A steady replacement for Bacary Sagna, and one who kept him out of the France line-up at the World Cup this summer. Debuchy has Premier League experience and is at an age that he can perform immediately while also allowing Carl Jenkinson to develop and eventually replace the Frenchman.
Centre-back x 2 - Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny
Had to mention these two in one go because of how well the two compliment each other. Koscielny has developed into a top international centre half who was very unlucky to not be first choice for France this summer.
His pace and aggressive style compliments the big German who, despite a key weakness in his mobility, is an integral part of the team due to the calmness he provides.
Left-back - Kieran Gibbs
A much improved player who fully deserves his place in the team. When he stays clear of injuries he is a terrific athlete and is another player very unlucky to not be in the international squad.
While Luke Shaw is a terrific all-round prospect Leighton Baines and Gibbs are very equal in their all round play, with Baines' set pieces and crossing ability being the only separating factor. Another solid season should follow.
Centre-midfield - Jack Wilshere
Here's hoping he can finally have a fully fit season. When fit he is arguably the club's best passer and can develop into a player who can set the tempo of a game.
He has shown an ability to do this in the past (e.g. against Barcelona) and hopefully this can be his season to finally push on ala Aaron Ramsey last season.
The 4-3-3 I believe Arsenal will adopt is the only way Wilshere be a starter this year, but it could be the perfect system for the squad being assembled.
Centre-midfield - Sami Khedira / Lars Bender / Morgan Schneiderlin (or other defensive player)
While various bookmakers have slashed the odds on Khedira to Arsenal at the time of writing, some journalists are reporting Chelsea are looking to hijack the deal.
Whether it is Khedira or any player with similar attributes Arsenal appear to be in the market for a physically powerful central midfielder who can act as the teams ball winner.
Centre-midfield - Aaron Ramsey
What more can be said about Ramsey after the season he had. Arsenal's best player and fittingly the scorer of the winning goal in the FA Cup final.
Regardless of formation he is now the first name on the team sheet. A Ramsey-Wilshere defensive midfield axis will free Mesut Ozil up further forward in a free role, which could see him rediscover his best form.
Right-forward - Mesut Ozil
Ozil's best position is playing through the middle but playing there in the Premier League requires him to track back in a way that doesn't really suit him. Playing in a front three removes some of this responsibility and he can be given a free role to roam wherever he can find space (which he is an expert at) and can pick his passes form there.
He roamed around like this when playing centrally anyway and the two players ahead of him are both able to make runs into the channels and providing width to the side to compensate when Ozil moves inside.
Left-forward - Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal's marquee signing of the summer is set to be a key contributor. As part of the front three his speed and dribbling could be devastating and he could play anywhere across the three. An exciting addition.
Striker - Theo Walcott
We may finally see Walcott play through the middle. Olivier Giroud had a good season last season and may very well take this position in the side. However, I have always seen Giroud as an ideal squad player who can provide an alternative instead of a guaranteed starter each week.
Walcott impressed on the occasions he has played here, the F.A Cup match against Tottenham in particular, and if he stays fit (a common theme at Arsenal) he could finally stake his claim for the role.
Bench: GK, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Arteta, Cazorla, Chamberlain, Giroud
Squad Players: Martinez, Monreal, Flamini, Rosicky, Podolski, Campbell, Diaby
Formation: This 4-3-3 formation allows for the front three to be very fluid and to swap positions. If Khedira signs, then he and Ramsey can play as box-to-box players with Wilshere (or Arteta) sitting deeper to feed the more dynamic players.
If Khedira doesn't sign for Arsenal then any of the other defensive midfielders that have been linked can play the deeper role with Wilshere joining Ramsey as the further forward midfielders.
Either way the midfield should be more stable next season. The defence, which had a pretty good record last season, would be improve by the added stability provided by this new midfield.
While this is all just my personal opinion, and some of the players haven't even signed for Arsenal as of yet, this is a realistic look at what the Arsenal team could look like next season. This could be an exciting season ahead for Arsenal.
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