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Arsenal's potential XI with summer signings

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Arsene Wenger has bore the brunt of much criticism this summer but, to the Frenchman's credit, he's splashed the cash like he promised he would.

Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding, Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi have all arrived at the Emirates Stadium for an approximate total of £85 million and represent excellent signings in their own right.

Safe to say that Arsenal fans' frustrations have finally been eased.

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Now there's just the small matter of how the Gunners should line up, which will be no easy task for Wenger considering the sheer amount of quality options at his disposal.

Here's what the 66-year-old's starting XI could look like.

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GK - PETR CECH

At £10 million, Petr Cech has been nothing short of a bargain for Arsenal.

Commanding and with excellent handling, the Czech Republican recorded 16 clean sheets and won the Golden Glove last season, further establishing himself as a world-class goalkeeper.

RB - HECTOR BELLERIN

Hector Bellerin has come on leaps and bounds since bursting onto the scene in 2014, so much so that he's arguably the Premier League's best right-back.

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His consistency and pace down the right-hand side, both attacking and defending, will once again prove invaluable this term.

CB - LAURENT KOSCIELNY

Arsenal's Mr Dependable has been fantastic in recent seasons.

Fast, strong and brilliant in the air, Laurent Koscielny has become one of Europe's most complete centre-backs since signing in 2010.

CB - SHKODRAN MUSTAFI

At long last, Arsenal have signed a worthy partner for Koscielny.

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Thirty-five million is what Wenger spent to lure Shkodran Mustafi to the Emirates and, at 24-years-old, he has plenty of time to justify such an eye-watering fee.

LB - NACHO MONREAL

Football fans were quick to write off Nacho Monreal when he joined in 2013 but he's proved pretty much everyone wrong.

While he's not the quickest, the Spaniard's positioning is superb and he rarely lets players get the better of him.

CDM - SANTI CAZORLA

A tough pick considering Aaron Ramsey is close to making a return, but Santi Cazorla has thoroughly impressed this season and deserves his place.

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Every side needs a deep-lying playmaker and the Spaniard represents just that, emphasised by the fact he recorded two assists in 29 minutes against Liverpool on the opening day.

CDM - GRANIT XHAKA

Doubt surrounded Granit Xhaka's £30 million move to north London but three games in and he's beginning to show what he's capable of.

The 23-year-old was brilliant during Arsenal's recent 3-1 win over Watford and demonstrated the strength, aggression and passing that could see him overtake Francis Coquelin as first choice.

RM - LUCAS PEREZ

A striker by trade, Lucas Perez is capable of playing anywhere across the attacking line and possesses the pace to thrive in this formation.

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The 27-year-old, who signed for £17.1 million, will inevitably get chances upfront, but given Theo Walcott's inconsistency, Wenger would be wise to start him on the right.

CAM - MESUT OZIL

Nineteen assists in the Premier League last season says it all about Mesut Ozil's importance to Arsenal.

He was sorely missed in the Gunners' opening two games of the season and returned to action with a bang against Watford on Saturday, scoring an excellent header in the first half.

LM - ALEXIS SANCHEZ

Like Ozil, Alexis Sanchez returned to form at Vicarage Road by scoring and claiming two assists.

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Arsenal often rely on the Chilean to deliver but with greater quality now in the side, there's no reason why he can't replicate the emphatic form shown during his debut season.

ST - OLIVIER GIROUD

Olivier Giroud remains Arsenal's No.1 striker but he'll have to accept that playing every week is now out of the question.

Perez's presence will hopefully bring the best out of the Frenchman in the knowledge that his starting role is at threat.

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