With Santi Cazorla finally signed, we take a look at how the Arsenal line-up could look like this season.
Cazorla has signed a long-term contract with The Gunners, which, in my book is a fantastic bit of business done by the club and certainly pushes the ‘lack of ambition’ remarks that have been floating around out of the window.
So, so far Arsenal have signed Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and newly Santi Cazorla, all of whom are international players, splashing out around £35 million in total – if this doesn’t prove to Van Persie that we know what we’re doing then nothing will.
So for the purpose of the line-up below, I am going to assume that Robin has left the club. With that being said, here is how I see Arsene Wenger setting out his side this season:
Koscielny Mertesacker Vermaelen Santos
Podolski Cazorla Gervinho
With Bacary Sagna out until the end of September, I have a feeling Laurent Koscielny will end up moving to right-back, especially as Per Mertesacker will be back fit – how this is going to change when Sagna comes back remains to be seen, but I would imagine the French defender won’t be left out of the line-up.
I think Andre Santos is my preferred choice at left-back, despite young Kieran Gibbs’ performances. I think the Brazilian has shown in pre-season so far that he is capable of running with the ball at defenders and I think it would give us a chance to perhaps loan out Gibbo.
Jack Wilshere is out until probably close to Christmas. He sadly will not feature much again this season, thus adding to the fans worry that it could potentially be an injury that ultimately ends his career which is obviously the worse case scenario imaginable.
Gervinho has done fantastically well in pre-season and I think, assuming that Van Persie leaves, the Ivorian will play a big part for us this season. However, this position could also be filled by Theo Walcott as we also don’t know if he is going to stay with us, although it certainly looks that way.
One thing is certain though, with only 10 days until the start of the Premier League, there is still a lot of questions to be answered and a lot of decisions to be made.
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