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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.

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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

LLOYD THE GOONER

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150 Comments

150 Comments

  1. Prathi

    August 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Bring in 4-2-3-1
    Gk: szsesny
    Lb:Gibbs
    Lcb: verminator
    Rcb:Koscielny
    Rb:Sagna
    Lcm:Song
    Rcm: wilshere
    Lw: Podolski
    Cam: Cazorla
    Rw: OX
    St: RVP/ GIROUD. If RVP stays.
    Bench: santos, GIROUD/RVP, wilshere, Diaby, gervinho, Walcott, and Ramsey

  2. steve

    August 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    did you boys forget arteta

  3. Hamza

    August 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    First 11
    Szczesny
    Sagna Kocsianly Vermealen Gibbs
    Song Arteta/Wilshere
    Cazorla
    Walcott Poolski
    Giroud/Van Persie(if he stays)

    Subs
    Fabianski A.Santos Mertesacker Arteta/Wilsher Chamberlin Rosicky Ramsey Giroud/Van Persie(if van Persie leaves thn Giroud in First 11 and Gervinho on bench)

    • Allan

      August 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      I’d agree with that and with Diaby, Ryo, Le Coq and Frimpong in the background I’m pretty happy

  4. Ryan

    August 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I see andre santos playing in the mid with santi cazorla..they can play understanding tic tak

  5. Hassan

    August 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    You guyz should know that Arteta is better than Diaby

    • Allan

      August 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      if Diaby is fit… and lets face it that’s hardly a given. Anyway I’m very happy that we have a wealth of midfield and attacking options even if RvP goes. But we need fullback cover as the current options are very weak if we lose either Sagna or Gibbs.

  6. Bello Abiodun

    August 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    If van persie stay and rosc&wilshere is not return.4-3-3, SZCECZNY,SAGNA,KOSCIENLY,VERMALEN,SANTOS,SONG,ARTETA,CARZOLA,WALCOTT,PODOLSKI,VAN PERSIE or GIROUD. Subt.FABIANSKI,JEKINSON,DJOROU,MERTESACKER,GIBBS,COQUELIN,DIABY,OX,GERVINHO,RAMSEY,GIROUD.we need more signing like sahin,ki si yeung,liorente RVP May leave at any time b4 d league start.tnks

  7. Arjen

    August 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Ox on the bench,and Arteta in place of Song or Diaby with Walcott or Gervinho on the left wing and Carzola on the right and Pod on the centre slot.

  8. Gunner

    August 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    And the winner of the ‘Ridiculous Read Of The Day Award’ goes to…………. Lloyd The Gooner from football-talk.co.uk!!

    Diaby’s a good player but to claim that ” DIABY is the single most talented player at the club” is beyond excrement.
    Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, after confirming that “the final position WILL go to ARTETA”‘… you’ve only gone and left him out of the line up!!
    Hahahahaha

    P45 for Lloyd….

  9. Wasike

    August 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Scen,sagna,santos,kons,vermaleen,song,rosicky,arteta,van persie,giroud and carzola! No space 4 diaby and ramsey!couqulin and ox and walcot on bench.then if van plays,podolsky wil b on bench and vice versa.

  10. Peter Nkyesiga

    August 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I think the best first 11 will be.
    Sche. Vamal. Koshenly. SAgha. Gibs.
    Song. Arteta/wilshe.
    Rosisky poldosky cazola
    Goroud.

  11. Sobax

    August 9, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    D team could look like dis szesny, sagna, kolcieny, verminator, gibbs, song, arteta, cazorla, walcoot, giroud (vp can go) podolski in 4-3-3 sub diaby, ox, rosicky, bartley, metesacker, gervinho, jeckinson n co

  12. Ismaeel Lawal Dabai

    August 9, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Line up
    1.W.Sczesny
    2.B.Sagna
    3.A.Santos
    4.A.Song
    5.L.Koschielny
    6.T.Vermaelen
    7.O.Chamberlain
    8.M.Arteta
    9.R.Van persie/O.Giroud
    10.J.Wilshere
    11.L.Podolski
    SUBS.
    Fabianski
    Matesacker
    Miquel
    Jekinson
    Gibbs
    Coquelin
    Rosicky
    Cazorla
    Miyatchi
    Walcott
    Arshavin
    Gervinho
    Bendtner
    Giroud

  13. jegede j jamiu

    August 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Without doubt, this is our squad “if all things been equal” 1 sczesny 2 sagna 3 Gibbs 4 Song 5 vermaleen 6 Koscielny 7 Walcott 8 Carzola 9 V.p/Giroud 10 Arteita 11 Podolsky. But against sunderland. Sczesny,jerkinson,Gibbs,Song,Vermaleen,Koscielny,Walcott,Carzola,Giroud,Arteita,Santos

  14. sandman

    August 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Anyone who’s played football competitively knows you can’t put Diaby anywhere close to Arteta. Aside from the physical presence you need to know about positioning and understanding of the game, composure and work rate – neither of which Diaby has. Why did we lose every single game but 1 that Arteta did not play in? He talks to all the midfielders around him, keeps everyone in good shape, etc. There’s more to what goes on behind that scenes other than the nightly highlights.

    Scze
    Sagna – ver-kol- Gibbs
    Ox – Song – Cazorla – wilshire – pod
    Girourd

    There will be injuries and etc so there will be plenty of time for Arteta, Walcott, gervinho, etc

    I think Gervinho if given a chance will surprise a lot of people this year

    PS- diaby should be sold, he plays for the money, no care if the team wins or loses

  15. James olufemi

    August 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Sczen, sagna, koscesny, vaminator, Gibbs , song , arteta, carzola vp,

  16. Fred

    August 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    – – – Szczesny – – –
    Sagna – Koscielny – Vermaelen – Gibbs
    – – Song – Wilshere – –
    Walcott – Cazorla – Podolski
    – – – Giroud – – –

    When everyone is healthy.
    B-team:

    – – – Fabianski – – –
    Jenkinson – Mertesacker – Djourou – Santos
    – – Coquelin – Arteta – –
    Chamberlain – Rosicky/Ramsey – Gervinho
    – – – CF that remains/comes – – –

    Against Sunderland:

    – – – Szczesny – – –
    Jenkinson – Koscielny – Vermaelen (C) – Gibbs
    – – Song – Arteta – –
    Walcott – Cazorla – Podolski
    – – – Giroud – – –

    Subs: Fabianski, Santos, Coquelin, The Ox, Gervinho, Diaby, Mertesacker

    I have no idea who to left out when Rosicky comes back to full fitness: That’s one strong midfield, isn’t it?

  17. shola

    August 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Sczency, sagna, vermaelen, koschienley,gibs, arteta, song, cazorla, wallcot, RVP, podolsky .

  18. Godwin

    August 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    As u can see ,wenger has no good replaceable defender for like 5 and 6 he should do well and get some good persons to replace them when their not fit or injd

  19. ali muse Dahraan

    August 9, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Szczesny
    Sagna. Kocsianly. Vermealen. Gibbs
    Wilshere Song. Cazorla
    Chamberlin Dobolski
    Giroud

  20. Taiwo apata

    August 9, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    D first eleven for d seasson schz,sagna/jeksn santos,conscen,vameln,song,carzola,arteta,poldos,gervi,girioud

  21. Allan Iniesta

    August 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Gk.Sczesny,Rb.Sagna,Lb.A.Santos,Lcb.Vermaelen,Rcb.Koscielny,MF..Arteta,Song,Carzola,ST..Podolski,Giroud,Chamberlain. SUB:Fabianski,Jenkinson,gibbs,Mertesaker,Djorou,Rosicky,Walcott,RVP.

  22. Hilary

    August 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I’m delighted that now Arsenal is having too many option.The formation you guys are presenting is not right.Arsene Wenger will always use his 4 2 3 1 formation and the ideal players for this formation are:

    Sagna Koscielny Vermilen Gibbs

    Arteta Song

    Walcott Cazorla Poldoski

    Giroud

  23. Kesiski

    August 9, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I would prefer we use :
    sczeny
    sagna
    verm5
    kos6
    santos
    song
    arteta
    carzola
    walcott
    giroud
    podolski. Sub will be:
    rvp
    coquelin
    diaby
    oxlade
    fabianski

  24. dahiru ilyas

    August 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    this is totally not how arsenal scout will look like.to me this is how it will be*
    szscsney
    sagna-vermaline_kosielney_santos
    arteta___song
    walcot cazorla podolski
    v.persie

  25. kingsley emeka85

    August 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm

     wil perfl seconds sang,kosce, vameil gibbs, song, atete,corzo , oliver,ox chamil,podoski,

  26. lozza

    August 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Szczesny
    Sanga Koscielny Vermaelen Gibbs

    Song Arteta

    Walcott Carzola Chamberlain

    Podolski

  27. Kakembo Mahad

    August 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Formation: 4:3:3
    Sczcesny(GK)
    Sagna-Kosci-Verma(C)-Gibbs
    Arteta-Song-Wilshere
    Cazorla-Giroud-Podolski.

  28. Jrancy

    August 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I think perfect squad is this.
    Sczes
    sagna
    kosc
    vermaelen
    santos
    song
    arteta
    cazorla
    walcot
    rvp
    podolski
    sub
    rosicky
    ox
    giroud
    wilshere
    gervinho
    ramcy
    diaby
    per matersacker
    gibbs

  29. Akinlolu mayorzee

    August 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Scenzy, sagna, tv5, kosci, gibbs, songs, arteta, cazorla, walcott, rvp, podoski

  30. Temi

    August 9, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I tink dis is the best 11 fabiaski,jerkinson,djoru,squilachi,gibbs,diaby,ramson,frinpong,park chu young,chamark,walcot

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