After a disappointing campaign last term that saw Arsenal end up without a trophy, it looked as if Arsene Wenger has come to the conclusion that his current squad doesn’t have what it takes to land the title and contest well enough on European front. The Gunners finished in 2nd place on the log, 10 points behind Leicester City, while losing out to Watford and Barcelona in the F.A Cup and Champions League respectively. Over the course of the last 2 transfer windows, the North London side brought in only 2 players in Petr Cech and Mohamed Elneny, and after landing Switzerland international, Granit Xhaka a fortnight ago, few additions look bound to be made as the French coach hopes to strengthen his squad for next season.
With the talks of a new striker and defender on the club’s plans, here is how a 4-2-3-1 formation could eventually look when next Arsenal play an EPL game.
After a brilliant season in-between the sticks for the club last term, the 33-year-old will surely remain and hope to put in error-free performances all season long when it resumes.
Monreal. Koscielny. Koulibaly. Bellerin
Nacho Monreal might have not been invited to the Spanish national team for the Euros 2016 squad, but it can’t be denied he was part of an Arsenal rear-guard that helped keep it tight at the back. It will be hoped he keeps his form up next season as that will be crucial in the team’s title challenge. With Per Mertesacker set for his last season at the Emirates, Gabriel hasn’t particularly looked every inch as a suitable and long-term replacement, hence, Napoli’s Koulibaly has been identified as a potential summer arrival. Koulibaly’s defensive abilities and attacking threats make him a perfect fit, and snatching him away from the Serie A side will be good for Arsenal. Bellerin’s future has suddenly come under threat as Barcelona look set to come for his signature this summer. The PFA right-back of the season has been identified as a potential replacement for Dani Alves who is set for an exit, and the La Liga champions are a threat as far as luring the newly-capped Spain international goes.
Granit Xhaka is seen as a player sure to break into the lineup immediately, displacing the duo of Elneny and Coquelin in the pecking orders. His ability to score goals and create killer passes every now and then makes him a better option. Defensively, he is also solid and although slightly tempered, he hardly commits.
Sanchez. Ozil. Ramsey
The duo of Sanchez and Ozil have proved to be the main orchestrators in the middle of the pack, and their consistency and brilliance all season-long make them integral parts of the team. It will be hoped their excellent performances are rewarded with the title next season, and the club wants to tie them down for the foreseeable future. Aaron Ramsey has returned from his injury and will no doubt retain his position in the squad, with Chamberlain a subject of an impending loan term, while the growing Iwobi will play sidekick.
The Spain international is heavily linked with an Arsenal move, and it seems certain to all work out. Madrid are set to activate the buyout clause of the Juventus striker, and selling him to the EPL at a price is set to happen. Olivier Giroud hasn’t lived up to the expectations for over 3 seasons, and it is widely believed Wenger is ready to drop him for a new striker, with Morata the most-likely candidate.