How Arsenal Could Line-up Next Season With 3 Key Signings

By on June 23, 2013

With Arsenal heavily linked with a number of big-money signings these past few days, Gunner333 looks at what the Arsenal starting eleven could look like next season.

Ashley Williams

Williams: playing in red & white next season?

I have assessed some potential targets in recent weeks but have not spoken about the ones I can realistically see coming to the Emirates this summer. Here I look at what Arsenal’s first 11 could be next campaign:

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GK – Wojciech Szczesny – A top shot stopper with bags of quality and a lot of potential. To win trophies next season we need to be consistent and if we stick with our young gun between the sticks, that is a real possibility.

LB- Nacho Monreal- He is still adapting to life in North London after joining from Malaga as recently as January. But Nacho is showing signs of a top full-back and, for me, beats both Gibbs and Santos into the team any day.

CB – Laurent Koscielny – As long as the Frenchman does not depart to Turin this Summer we will have a World-class talent at the back. His natural ability, last-ditch challenges and great aerial ability make him a must-keep.

CB – Ashley Williams – The first signing in my line-up, Williams is chosen ahead of Merts and ‘the Verminator’ due to his incredible form last season. His heroic displays lead the Swans last season to cup success and an impressive 9th place finish.

RB – Carl Jenkinson – I am sure I will face my fair share of criticism for this decision, but hear me out. Carl is still reasonably young and already shows a far greater defensive mentality than Sagna and rarely delves forward like the unreliable Frenchman.

CDM – Marouane Fellaini – He would surely be one of our greatest signings ever if purchased and the Marouane rumour mill is continuously being fuelled by our need for a top holding player. Incredible flair, strength and consistency are just some traits the big Belgium possesses.

CM- Jack Wilshere – Our reliable young talent. Passes expertly, makes runs with passion and is just an all round footballing genious. He’ll be vital for us next season.

CM- Santi Cazorla – The third part to our delightful midfield trio is the Spaniard who helped guide us to fourth spot last term. Without his skills and the odd important goal we would have struggled to even match Spurs.

LW- Alex Oxlade Chamberlain – Pace, pace and more pace. Very much like his English counterpart Walcott, Alex has the ability to burst down the wing with incredible speed and he was showing signs off adding that all-important end product to his game last season. He has a lot of potential and is a vital component to our improving attacking force. A big season ahead for the youngster.

ST- Gonzalo Higuain- The final signing in my magnificent eleven. Gonzalo is just what we require – a quality front-man. He can score goals frequently and allayed at the very top level with Madrid for many years. Let us hope Mr Wenger uses a big chunk of his finance on this young man.

RW- Theo Walcott- Although he may prefer to play centrally, Walcott has the ability to play anywhere in the front line and can score goals in most positions. His firepower in front of goal will be vital next year as well.

So that’s how Arsenal could line-up next season if we manage to sign Ashley Williams, Marouane Fellaini and Gonzalo Higuain. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment below!

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54 Comments

  1. robin

    June 24, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I’ve been replying to other people’s comments but I have to have my say. I agree with ‘Pat Rice’ and ‘Jay Gold’. One of the reasons we keep starting off slow and finish with aplomb, is because we keep changing things at the back – kos & verm/verm and mert/kos and mert and now Williams. Yes, he would improve our defence as a back up but we went 12 games or w/e it was without losing, kept plenty of clean sheets with Kos and Mert, keep it how it is! I’d say we definitely need to tweak our formation, we couldn’t get enough bodies into the opposition’s box last season, was embarrassing, winger has the ball, no one in the box. Arteta & Ramsey both staying back just killed our attack. We need more pace, like we used to have 8years ago, fluid movements, not running up like our players have just left A&E! But on the whole, great article

  2. Gibssbetterthancashleysoon

    June 24, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Did you not watch Kierran?!!
    Your just saying that because nacho is on the spanish NT

    • robin

      June 24, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      What absolute tosh! He’s only played a handful of games. Nacho has already scored and set up goals, and this is from a LB who only signed for us in January. Tell me why Gibbs is good at LB, and don’t tell me because of his attacking prowess (he’s an ex-attacking midfielder, so duh). And Nacho is not without his criticisms too, he also began defending naively towards the end of the season, pushing too far up at times and getting caught out at the back. I just think his all round game is a hell of a lot better than Gibbs.

      • Adam Arthurs

        June 24, 2013 at 6:22 pm

        gibbs is the better left back atm, had a cracking season! monreal scored goals? did you not watch gibbs’ volley?!?!

  3. Dajan Isaac

    June 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    My first 11 julio, per, koscielny, gibs, sagna, fellaini, jack, arteta, chamblain, higuain, santi 4,3,3

    • robin

      June 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Did you not witness ‘Julio’ s kicking? It was nearly as bad as szczesny’s! I like szczesny or his shot stopping and anticipation, reflexes etc. But, his kicking and throwing are left to be desired. How many times did he get the ball in his arms and throw it out for a throw in?! lol Partly to do with our inability to counter attack due to lack of pace in the team, but very school boy like. Cesar jumps around like Mario and Luigi, we could do so much better than him + it would be insulting to szczesny

  4. Johneey

    June 24, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Beautiful!

  5. Boristaely

    June 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Great piece. I would love the line up this way: caeser Julio B. Sagna-P.Merts-L.Kosc-Nacho Monreal Marouane Fellaini Jack W Santi Cazorla Theo.W Higuian Podolsky

  6. Matt

    June 24, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Great Article! I love the lineup, this is what I would like to see though.
    Szczesny
    Same back line
    Fellaini–Arteta
    Walcott–Wilshere–Cazorla
    Higuain

    • Matt

      June 24, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      with the Ox getting some game time in as well as Merte

  7. freddy

    June 24, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Not bad here is how i would like our starting ix to be;scezney,jenkinson,gibbs,kosceline,per,fellain,walcot,carzola,arteta giroud and higuian.4-3-3

  8. Lawrence alvin

    June 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Ok if we manage the signings i think we wil b competive in all gems since we wil have potential player who in your line up u have left them out thats arteta..Rosicky..Ramsey giroud… francis etc bt i wish to have this starting 11 wojiech jeninkson koscienly verm gibbs arteta willpower cazorla fellaini rosicly walcot higuan

  9. arsenalhehe

    June 24, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    My choice would be … Sezy-sagna-per-kosc-monreal-fellaini-arteta-jack-podsk-carzola-heguain…. Jack would be free to do some magical stuff when theres arteta n fellaini backing him up . Hehe just my personal opinion

  10. TJ

    June 24, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    The only way Gibbs will not be first choice is if he is injured, especially with Monreal at the Confed Cup. If he performs and stays fit the position is his but its sweet to have Nacho as back up. If Sagna stays he will be first choice. Ox will not start ahead of Arteta. If we do get Fellaini and Higuain we have a nice squad for next season. i wouldnt want Williams or Ceaser who are not the quality we need

  11. Gunner333

    June 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks for all your comments guys. I hope you enjoyed my article overall, whether you agree with my decisions or not. I’m a young writer and would respect any tips you may have for me.

  12. Adam Arthurs

    June 24, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    mertesacker>williams

  13. justus abuko

    June 24, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    That’s a nice article but I agree and disagree in some parts of all of u guys articles. 1) u cnt put someone lk arteta out of our line up coz he is our (xavi) WHY? Coz if we get the afro man prof wl change arteta 2 be our attacking mid as he was at EVERTON.jack wl be a box 2 box player the afro man wl be CDM. At the back wl hav 2 keep MRT and KOS coz of how they did last season and our fullbacks SAG and GBS so my line up wl be this way. SEZ. SAG. MRT. KOS. GIBS. WLSH. FEL. ART. THEO. HIGUAN. SANTI. SUB. CHOMBO. VEM. RAMSY. WILLIAMS. GIR. NACHO. DIABY. ROCKY.

  14. Taofik

    June 25, 2013 at 10:18 am

    My 1st 11 Julio, Per, koscielny, Gibs, Sagna, Fellaini, Jack, Arteta, Walcot, higuain, santi . A formidable Team.

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