4-2-3-1: Arsenal’s Line-Up With The Latest Arrivals, Perez And Mustafi.
Spanish forward Lucas Perez finally became an Arsenal player after the club’s official confirmation of the transfer yesterday, becoming Arséne Wenger’s third major signing this summer – with Shkodran Mustafi also joining from Valencia.
Now, since the Gunners are done with incoming transfers, it is safe to start speculating about Arsenal’s possible line-up – with Mustafi and Perez expected to slot right into the starting line-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Put it into reckoning the following line-up puts injuries into consideration:
This position is arguably the only one that takes no guessing. Petr Cech has been Arsenal number one goalie since switching from Chelsea in the summer of 2015. Barring any unforeseen situation, Cech should continue in goal throughout the course of the campaign.
The full-back positions are also pretty stamped right now, with Spanish speedsters Héctor Bellerin and Nacho Monreal securing the right-back and left-back spots respectively. However, Wenger needs to only make a decision regarding who to partner Laurent Koscielny as the French defender is certainly one of the first names on the team sheet. Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista are out with injuries and by the time they are back, new signing Shkodran Mustafi would have cemented his place alongside Koscielny in the starting line-up.
In central midfield, Wenger will have headache re selection. The Arsenal boss has enough bodies to pick from when it comes to that position and we reckon Francis Coquelin and Granit Xhaka – summer signing from Borussia Monchengladbach – will be given the nod.
Coq is regarded as a starter in that position due to his strength and agility. The French midfielder would have featured against Watford, but he was deemed too ill to play and Xhaka was handed a chance which he took well. Arsenal have the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Mohammed El Neny and Jack Wilshere in the central midfield position.
But Coquelin and Xhaka are likely to be Wenger’s prefence for the position.
Alexis Sanchez will return to his preferred position on the left, with Mesut Ozil filling the void just behind the striker. Theo Walcott’s performances have been somewhat disastrous and it is only fair that Wenger tries Lucas Perez as a wide attacker on the right.
Perez has resumed training with the Gunners and we suspect Wenger wants him to acclimatise with his teammates as he wants to field the Spaniard in the next game against Southampton.
For now, Olivier Giroud should get the nod although things could change later – with Perez also comfortable playing as a striker.
The former Montpellier forward will want to be up and doing because anything less than return of goals could mean a relegation to the bench, with Perez coming in as a striker.