The perennial nearly-men Arsenal hit an all-time nadir under Arsene Wenger when they finished outside the top four for the first time in over two decades, thereby missing out on the Champions League as well. The FA Cup was perhaps the only saving grace of the season.
Next season though, the Gunners can reinstate themselves as serious challenger for the Premier League crown given this kind of a starting XI. Yes, Arsenal’s best player for the past three years, Alexis Sanchez, doesn’t feature in the lineup as the Chilean is most certain to depart. Yet, the Gunners would still have enough in the tank to go all the way.
Alexandre Lacazette can be a lethal striker, having pumped in 76 goals in the last 3 league seasons compared to 53 by Sanchez. Now that’s an upgrade in the strike department. In the midfield, Mesult Ozil has kept the creative juices flowing for the past four years now, but his task could be eased if he is partnered by Riyadh Mahrez and Thomas Lemar, players of his ilk.
Moreover, the German has a tendency to switch off in between through the season. That, though, will no longer be a problem. And given the silk and steel that Kolasinac brings to the backline, the Gunners have a near-perfect squad.