We have become so used to Arsenal being in the Champions League that it would be weird if they weren’t - but that could become a reality. Here is what I consider to be their best 11 as they look to qualify for Europe's most elite competition once again this season:
Goalkeeper: Emiliano Viviano
This is a position Arsenal have struggled with since the Jens Lehman era and Viviano could temporarily solve their problem - but he is only on a season-long loan.
Right-back: Bacary Sagna
Not always reliable, Sagna is, in my opinion, a weak point for Arsenal. He is good going forward but lacks defensive qualities - do Arsenal need a replacement?
Centre-back: Thomas Vermaelen
Very sturdy at the back, Vermaelen is a consistent performer for Arsenal. Fast, strong and with great positioning, the Belgian is a top class defender.
Centre-back: Laurent Koscielny
Koscielny is, in my opinion unreliable but is still far better than Per Mertesacker.
Left-back: Kieran Gibbs
Fast, confident defensively and an attacking threat, Gibbs is very promising. One of the Premier League’s best left-backs, Gibbs is one for the future.
Holding-midfield: Jack Wilshere
Wilshere has had his injury problems, but that doesn’t mean he can’t go right to the top.
Centre-midfield: Santi Cazorla
One of the best players in the Premier League, Cazorla is just one of many top-class Spanish exports.
Centre-midfield: Mesut Ozil
Perfect for Arsenal’s style of play, Ozil was signed on transfer deadline day for £42.5 million - but is he worth it?
Right-wing: Theo Walcott
With electrifying pace, tricky footwork and a tidy finish, Walcott will frighten defences around the country.
Left-wing: Lukas Podolski
With a ferocious shot and great pace, Podolski is not always a first-team player, but I believe he should be a regular.
Striker: Olivier Giroud
With him having a fantastic season so far, Giroud could be a key part of Arsenal’s campaign. If he is not performing, they have very little to fall back on.
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