Come August 13, the new EPL season kicks off, and no better way to do so than to have a mouth-watering fixture for one of the match day 1 games. Comes in Arsenal versus Liverpool. The Klopp-led side will be visiting the Emirates stronghold, and Wenger sure wants to start this season with a win after the West Ham’s bashing of last season. Here is how the lineup could turn out as he fields his best 11 for the game and the majority of the season.
The Czech international will want to continue from where he stopped last season as the winner of the golden glove after keeping most clean sheets. He has no competition for his starting berth as far as major games go.
BELLERIN. KOSCIELNY. BLIND. MONREAL
After becoming the only Arsenal player that made the PFA Team of the year last season, Spain international, Hector Bellerin continues to prove why he’s the best man for the right back position. Alongside his compatriot, Nacho Monreal at the other flank, he should be starting against Liverpool. Koscielny remains one of the best central backs in the EPL, Europe and the world. He has been solid for France at the Euros and has kept his fine form. As usual, he gets the nod to take a place in the heart of the defence and he could be having a new partner-in-crime in Manchester United’s Daley Blind. Gabriel Paulista is not the best option at the moment, and with Wenger linked with a move for the wantaway Red Devils, we are likely to see him partner Koscielny given his great performance as a makeshift central back last season.
2-time Euros 2016 Man-of-the-Match winner and new signing, Granit Xhaka can’t wait to kick a ball for Arsenal. Neither can the fans. The Swiss star will definitely be getting his EPL debut against the Reds. He’s an upgrade on the duo of Coquelin and Elneny no doubt, and we should see him combine effectively with Jack Wilshere. After featuring less than 90 minutes last season, the England international will hope to maintain a great level of fitness the coming season. Having seen some playing time with the Three Lions at France, Wenger will likely hand him his EPL start in as many matches against Liverpool.
SANCHEZ. OZIL. RAMSEY
This trio have been in excellent form for their countries during the break, and we should see them form a formidable partnership next season. Save Sanchez who is still down with a nasty ankle injury that should have healed by then, Ozil and Ramsey shouldn’t have any problems getting the nods against Liverpool.
If the 4-3-2-1 formation is stuck to, then we should still see Giroud lead the attack. With 3 goals in 4 starts at the ongoing European Championships, the France international has proved he can be counted on on a good day, and Wenger will hope that happens against Liverpool. Whichever new striker is signed before then will likely be making his Arsenal debut as a 2nd half substitute.