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The New-Look Gunners: How Arsenal Will Line-up Next Season

A look at how Arsenal will line-up next season with the addition of new signings Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud assuming if everyone is fit.


Guest post by: Lloyd The Gooner

Everybody is fit. Form is good. Who plays? And where? A dilemma such as this was the stuff of dreams during some of Arsenal’s recent injury ravaged seasons.

One thing is for sure Arsenal only have one SONG! Nobody else does what he does. The archetypal modern midfielder wins the ball (more often than not without having to go to ground in the tackle) and his passing now matches anyone else in the team. If he stays he plays.

You don’t pay the kind of money Arsenal have for CAZORLA and not select him so he plays too. So you have one sitter and one out and out creative player. If Wenger sticks to his recent favoured formation there is only room for one more in what is basically a 4 3 3.

To begin with the final position WILL go to ARTETA. Simply because his consistency and fitness are better than the other options. That is not how it will end up though.

Arsene Wenger knows that he has a player that would balance the midfield perfectly alongside SONG and CAZORLA. He is box to box, gets goals and can win the ball back which as the world knows has not been a recent Arsenal strength. His is – Abou Diaby.

DIABY is the single most talented player at the club but also the player most likely to be that porcelain ornament falling off the mantelpiece at the slightest touch. If he stays fit Wenger will pick him. Even Wilshere would not oust a healthy in form Abou.

Moving forward then February 2013, top European opposition at The Emirates Stadium, Champions League knockout game…this is our team:

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Robin? Even if he stays he’ll be unfit by then!!

Like my line-up? What would yours be? Get involved in the comments section


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    August 10, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I would prefer to have
    Szcesny,Sagna,Santos,koscieny, varmalean, song,arteta,podloski, Rvp,Giroud

  2. Fuseini Abdul Kudus

    August 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Scez kosc mert verm sant arte diab carz podo walc giro

  3. sholex03

    August 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

    szczeny,sagna,santos,koscieny,vamaelen,song,diaby,cazola,chamberlin,podoski,giroud. When we are still not likely to have R, VP.

  4. midnight_moor

    August 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

    GK: Szcesny
    DR: Sagna
    DC: Koscielny
    DC: Vermaelan
    DL: Gibbs
    DMC: Song
    MC: Arteta
    MC: Wilshere
    FL: Podolski
    FR: Cazorla
    FC: RVP

  5. Reamz

    August 10, 2012 at 11:07 am


  6. Brian

    August 10, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Are you trying to say that Arteta will play or won’t play???

    He is vital to arsenal this season, especially with Jack the Lad still struggling. Arteta is the one player who can control the pace of the game and is thus Arsenal’s most important player, far more important than Abou Diaby! Everyone rates Diaby as an unbelievable talent and believe that the only reason that he hasn’t been successful so far is because he is made of glass. I’m reserving my opinion on him until he can complete a decent run of games. Flashes every now and again doesn’t make him “the single most talented player at the club.” He is a prime example of a players reputation growing through absence!

    Not too sure about Podolski after seeing him at the Euros but hopefully he can hit the ground running.

    Anyway! My team –
    GK: Chesney
    DR: Sagna
    DC: Koscielny
    DC: Vermaelan
    DL: Gibbs
    DMC: Song
    MC: Arteta
    MC: Wilshere
    FL: OX
    FR: Cazorla
    FC: 1. RVP 2.Giroud 3. Podolski

  7. Lummy

    August 10, 2012 at 11:56 am


  8. Mhadi bakar

    August 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    4 me i think 1 sencny 2 sangna 3santos 4varmeln 5 konsiely 6 song 7 corzola 8 arteta 9 giroud 10 podosk 11 ox charmber

  9. Lebo

    August 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Sagna Vermelen Koceilny Gibbs
    Song Arteta
    Alex Ox Gervinho

  10. Goose

    August 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Wilshere? Are you crazy, he’s the crappest player in the league.

    • Brian

      August 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Yeah, him or Gareth Bale for that award I’d say!

    • Brian

      August 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Oh, it’s spelt “crappiest” by the way.

    • Charles

      August 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Goose I am thinking you need to retake your football education. Wilshere will be vital to us when fit this season.

  11. T 2pac

    August 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Sangna vermalen kocielny santos song, daiby, ox, podidisk,Gazorla RVP

  12. T 2pac

    August 10, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Sangna vermalen kocie santos song daiby ox podidisk Gazorla RVP

  13. Dustin

    August 10, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    This is my take, If Arsene reverts back to his 4-2-3-1 he used when he still had $amir and Csecs.
    GK: Szec
    RB: Sagna
    CB: Vermaelan
    CB: Koscienly
    LB: Gibbs/Santos
    DM1: Song (Abou Diaby Backup)
    DM2: Arteta/Jack (if hes not on a season long injury list)
    CAM: Cazorla with Tomas R as backup
    RAM: Walcott with OX as backup
    LAM: Podolski with Gervinho as backup
    ST: RVP (If we still have him) with Giroud as his backup.

    The Gunners should have a very competitive team this season. 🙂
    Feel free to leave your feedback.

    • mark

      August 13, 2012 at 11:31 am

      most sensible team ive seen. This is how we will line out the first choice team u listed is 100% at this time if RVP stays for the yr. Its exactly how I play with them in fifa. Its arsenals best formation with the players we have. And lots of good cover season looks very promising.

  14. terenggunner

    August 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Santos over Gibbs any time. Gibbs has been caught out of position many a times as he tends to overcommit playing upfront n slow in tracking back.

  15. ketepling master

    August 11, 2012 at 8:09 am

    santos any time over gibbs!

  16. Benny Black

    August 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    My arsenal line up would be….

    Sagna Koscielny Vermealen Santos

    Song Wilshere/Arteta
    Walcott/ox Cazorla Podolski

    Giroud/RVP wbu?

  17. Colin

    July 28, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Ere is my starting arsenal line up worcheck w debuchy kochesky metersaker Gibbs aanchez ozil Wiltshire carzorla goird walcott

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