Arsenal potential XI: 2013/14

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Arsenal have been linked with many world class players in this transfer window, and with £70 million to spend, who knows what could happen.

Arsene Wenger calls the current squad a special one, maybe with one or two signings it could become one of the best Arsene has ever seen. 

The squad below is filled with players the Gunners have been linked with and would make a strong enough side to challenge for silverware next season.

Goalkeeper: Julio Cesar

Arsenal are said to be interested in the signing of 33-year-old Brazil international keeper Julio Cesar. This signing would be huge for Arsenal's future plans. 

This signing could be crucial one for Arsenal. A success with Inter who has shown his ability even when tasked with the incompetent Christopher Samba and the incoherent Clint Hill. 

His experience and age would help the whole squad, but most importantly Wojciech Szczesny. 

Not only would the young Pole have to compete for a place in the squad, but he could learn a lot from Champions League winner Julio Cesar. All in all, a great possible addition.

Right-back: Carl Jenkinson

Assuming Bacary Sagna returns to France, an enthusiastic Carl Jenkinson should be able to take his place. Despite the Gunners being linked to names such as Lukasz Piszczek and Stephan Lichtsteiner, I assume Jenkinson will take this place. 

In crunch games such as the north London derby and the game away at Bayern he held off the threat of Bale and Arjen Robben respectively. This season has seen the fast improving Carl Jenkinson move from the reputation of defensive liability to a capable right back. 

Sagna himself believes Jenkinson is destined for success, so he seems like the most realistic, and possibly the best option.

Centre-backs: Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker

This centre-back pairing has seen Arsenal concede just five goals in their last ten games as well as keeping five clean sheets. Arguably the reason that the Gunners managed to overtake Tottenham to fourth place, Arsene Wenger has found a winning formula at last. 

The way the two have performed and how well they are accustomed with their skill variety, this could be the partnership that could propel the Gunners to the Premier League, maybe even more.

Left-back: Kieren Gibbs

Few could argue that Kieren Gibbs has matured defensively and has become an attacking threat for the Gunners. His improvements this season should not go unnoticed, he has provided a spark of excellence each time he attacks via the by-line. Such a threat was best displayed when Arsenal beat Southampton at home this season. 

Graduating from Arsenal's youth setup and part of Arsenal's British Core, I think a fully fit Gibbs would pip Nacho Monreal for a starting position with ease.

Central-midfielders: Maxime Gonalons and Jack Wilshere

Although mainly deployed as a Number 10 this season, Jack Wilshere will most likely return to a deeper midfield role again next term. Here he can pass, dribble through a team if more directness is required and even take the captaincy. This midfield metronome must be partnered by a player prepared to take a step back and cover Arsenal's back four. 

Although Mikel Arteta has performed admirably, his lack of pace and natural defensive thought meant that Arsenal were often prone to a counter-attack when partnered with Wilshere. The best example is the game against Aston Villa at home, Arsenal only conceded once, but should that have been a team of a better quality, the Gunners would have lost.

In step Maxime Gonalons. The French midfielder is captain of Lyon, and a fantastic player. Gonalons averages 4.1 tackles per game as well as 3.2 interceptions. However the Frenchman is also good with the pass and technically a very good footballer in general. 

Completing 88% of his passes means that he would seamlessly work his way into Arsenal's current system. He would be a great possible transfer coup.

Right attacking-midfielder: Theo Walcott

Having had the best season in an Arsenal shirt so far and with a new deal wrapped up, Theo Walcott has become an integral part of this Arsenal squad. 14 goals in 32 appearances in the league alone show that Walcott is a potent threat down the right. 

Adding 10 assists to that figure just makes it that more impressive. Although he may want to start as a striker, his best position is on the right. Next season expect a Theo Walcott that now with age will make the right decisions, help his team-mates more and of course, score more goals.

With all of these great attacking statistics, it is easy to forget how hard Theo Walcott works for the team in more defensive positions. In the Wigan game he always went back to help Bacary Sagna and has done this more than just once this season. Expect Walcott to be taking the Premier League by storm next season down the right flank.

Left attacking-midfielder: Santi Cazorla

Slightly controversial decision but Santi Cazorla will be very effective down the left for Arsenal. With such a fluid change between the front three men behind the stiker the small Spaniard will definitely be spreading the play from left to right. Positioned here he makes Arsenal tick, four assists against Wigan supports this. With Kieren Gibbs in support, he doesn't need to worry about being a winger, but be able to spray balls across the field at speed. 

A game-changer and Arsenal's best player this season, expect Santi to be the man who could be the difference between Asrenal winning the title and losing it. A great player in what could be a great team.

Centre-forward: Stevan Jovetic

An ambitious choice, but many believe he could line-ip for the Gunners next season. One thing we do know is how well Jovetic can play. He is a great dribbler and is technically very gifted, in this Arsenal team he could work wonders. 

He loves to dribble, can make great passes to the forward man but also shoot from distance. The 23-year-old Montenegrin is the epitome of al things Arsenal. Very skilled and possesses that flair that terrorises defences. He has grabbed 13 goals and five assists in 31 appearances in the league this season, but all coming in wide positions or playing a more supportive role. 

He could play such a role at Arsenal. He could work with the striker expertly while also chipping in with a few goals himself. He would be a great addition to a team that is looking great so far.

Striker: Gonzalo Higuain

I am in dreamland. Arsenal have been linked with this free-scoring striker for the past weeks, and having him lead the attack with the three behind him would be a title-winning side. 

105 goals in 188 appearances with Madrid is of a world class standard. He would finally be the player to replace Robin van Persie and give Arsenal that edge in the attack. 

The Gunners already have a great defence, but adding Higuain would give this side balance in both defence and attack. In other words, this would be a super team.


This team is a mouth-watering prospect, but also one that could become reality. Each of these players have been linked with moves to the Gunners, and if that happens, what an incredible side this could be. 

It's definitely one I would personally love to see lining up against the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. But it is also a side that could beat them all as well.

The Bench:

These would be Arsenal's super-subs. Not necessarily the ones selected, but those I feel could make an impact in this team and also appear in it on a regular basis.

Wojciech Szczesny

A great young 'keeper that could make a handful appearances under Julio Cesar. But with such a worthy back up, the young Pole would almost certainly step up his game and this could be the season in which he proves his real worth.

Thomas Vermaelen

Although he has been rarely selected this season, I think next season Vermaelen will prove a point. Should injury or fatigue take its toll on the starting 11, Vermaelen, the current  club captain, would step in and give it his all. Although rotation isn't the best policy for the back four, Vermaelen is always a worthy option.

Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey

The midfield partnership of these two has been sublime at the end of this season, but it is also one that is very defensive. Should Arsenal ever do battle against a team that is attacking, these two could easily shut them down and give the back four and almost impenetrable look to it. Arsenal's five clean sheets in the final 10 games weren't purely due to the defensive partnership, these two had a big role to play as well.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski

Two very gifted and direct players, these two could certainly make an impact coming off the bench. It is a shame to see that  they would be on the bench, but these two players are fantastic. 

Podolski has had a fantastic first season in the English top flight, scoring 15 and assisting 10 in all competitions, Prince Poldi definitely has a future with Arsenal. The Ox, on the other hand, has suffered a bit since such an explosive debut campaign with the Gunners. Finding starts hard to come by and with only one goal and three assists it has been a difficult campaign for the Englishman. 

But his talent is there, he has great ability and a fantastic ethic towards victory, expect to see some of the best Chambo has to offer next season.

Olivier Giroud

After a good first campaign in English football, it is quite unfair that Giroud can only merit a place on the bench in this Arsenal dream team. 

11 goals and three assists in the League is a fair number, and if he gets enough playing time, my money is on Giroud netting more than 20 next season. A tall order, but the Frenchman is more than capable of making an impact for the Gunners next season.


A great team, a great bench. What a squad Arsenal could have next season should Arsene spend his money wisely. As a Gooner my fingers are crossed, but let's say that should Arsenal have this team before the start of the season, the Premier League crown is not as ambitious as it now seems.


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