With speculation rife as to who we are approaching to sign, has anyone stopped to think where they will actually fit in the starting XI. What about the players that were a permanent fixture within The Gunners squad? Do they deserve to continue the 10 game unbeaten run? Or is the start of the season the best time for change?
Theoretically, if the club brought in Wayne Rooney, Gonzalo Higuain, Marouane Fellaini and Julio Cesar, where exactly would they all fit in, as well as the current players around them. Would Giroud and possibly Podolski still have a future with the club? Would fans really want Rooney ahead of Santi Cazorla in that attacking midfield role? Rooney isn’t the most creative of players let’s not forget.
Below we’ll run through some scenario’s of how The Arsenal could line up for the start of the season:
Embracing the change – Wenger would start all his new signings at once. Shows confidence in his signings, not so much the squad as a whole. With the players he’s set to sign however ( if reports are to be believed thats ), each one of them (based on talent alone) deserves to be in the first XI. Unfortunately, this would mean the displacement of Giroud, Podolski, Szcezney and Wilshere. Who would be dropped to the bench. Here’s how the team would line up –
(4-2-3-1) Cesar, Gibbs/Monreal, Vermaelen/Mertesacker, Koscielny, Sagna/Jenkinson, Fellaini, Arteta/Wilshere, Cazorla, Rooney, Walcott, Higuain
Embracing the change (without Rooney) – As Rooney’s wages are astronomically high, it’s unlikely that Wenger will fork out that kind of money on a player with a terrible attitude on and off the field. He is someone that dosen’t fit the Arsenal mould. If we were to miss out on him, it would give Lukas Podolski a reprieve from the substitutes bench. –
(4-2-3-1) Cesar, Gibbs/Monreal, Vermaelen/Mertesacker, Koscielney, Sagna/Jenkinson, Fellaini, Arteta/Wilshere, Podolski, Cazorla, Walcott, Higuain
The British Core – This season, Arsenal could really establish themselves with a starting XI that contains 6 british players. A feature which is rare these days, Arsenal’s British players, along with the established stars, would no doubt be a quality mix of youth and experience. –
(4-2-3-1) Cesar, Gibbs, Vermaelen/Mertesacker, Koscielny, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Cazorla, Wilshere, Walcott, Higuain
2 up front (like the good old days!) – If Arsenal reverts back to it’s roots and plays two up the top, the Premier League race will certainly be very interesting. This would give Olivier Giroud a chance to establish himself as a real Premier League striker, as well as hitman, Gonzalo Higuain, playing off the big Frenchman’s shoulder. A quality pair to match up together, especially against more aerial-oriented teams. –
(4-1-3-2) Cesar, Gibbs/Monreal, Vermaelen/Mertesacker, Koscielny, Sagna/Jenkinson, Fellaini, Podolski/Cazorla, Wilshere/Cazorla, Walcott, Higuain, Giroud
I believe Arsene Wenger, however will opt to keep the current formation of 4-2-3-1. It’s what the players know well and we all know how stubborn the man in charge can be when it comes to change. Therefore, I have a hunch the starting line up for Arsenal’s first game, against Aston Villa, on August 17, at The Emirates (once we sign these players) will be :
(4-2-3-1) Julio Cesar, Kieron Gibbs, Thomas Vermaelen (c), Laurent Koscielney, Carl Jenkinson, Marouane Fellaini, Mikel Arteta, Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Gonzalo Higuain.
A line up like that spells Class with a capital ‘C’. With firepower from the bench such as Wilshere, Giroud, Rosicky, Monreal, Oxlade-Chamberlain,Sagna and Ramsey. Arsenal are certianly spoiled for choice this season and will no doubt be up amongst the big boys once again.