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.

All eyes will be on them and Monsieur Wenger next season, anticipating what kind of comeback can they do after the horror of last season. However, with this lineup, the possibilities are endless.




5 comments
  1. Looks a very good 11, to be fair; and that is the crux of the matter. Considering the relative success afforded the team by the 3-4-2-1 formation the manager adopted towards the end of the season, most would argue we have to sustain that set-up, which must be the reason we went for Sead Kolasinac.

    A variant of the squad above will, therefore see one of Ozil, Lemar and Mahrez taking the back seat to come on late in the game. My bet is it will have to be one of the new comers. This will allow us play with a back 3 of Kos, Mustafi and Monreal/Holding/Chambers.

  2. The Arsenal midfield has been overlooked. Cazorla out. You want to rely on Ramsey and Elneny? Then get ready to finnish outside the top six. I say go get GORESTKA.

  3. Really?Not unless and until Wenger discards his endless possession game.
    Arsenal were beaten by Pool at home but Howe beat them 2-0.How?
    If you watch the game direct running at defenders pays off.
    It wont give defenders time to regroup I maybe wrong but if you watch soccer,defenders don’t like strikers giving them the runaround.

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