Arsene Wenger has left Arsenal and now the Gunners have entered their most crucial transfer window in recent history.
Arsenal are well aware they need to bring in a new manager quickly to replace the departed Wenger. Whoever becomes the next manager at Arsenal has an uphill task of rebuilding the squad.
It won’t be wise to expect the new manager to deliver in his very first season. His main objective will be to claw back the gap between Arsenal and the top-four next season.
After naming the new manager, the north London club must focus on bringing a couple of quality players to bolster the current squad.
A lot of names have emerged but who will Arsenal sign this summer remains to be seen. Without further ado, let us look at how the Gunners could line up after completing 2 key summer deals.
Probable Arsenal XI
Manager: Yet to be named
Bernd Leno (GK)
Petr Cech has disappointed this season and with David Ospina’s future being uncertain, Arsenal need a new gloveman. Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno has garnered attention from Arsenal, who are willing to pay £25m. The German is one of the best keepers in the Bundesliga and it is high time that Arsenal move on from Cech.
Hector Bellerin (RB)
Despite Bellerin’s poor run of form, Wenger kept faith in the right-back and continued giving him chances. However, that may not be the case under new manager but Wenger’s successor shouldn’t simply ship the Spaniard out of the team.
Shkodran Mustafi (CB)
Mustafi endured a highly inconsistent season at the Emirates. The German is young and has time to develop his game.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (CB)
The defence has been Arsenal’s major concern for the last couple of seasons. With Koscielny sidelined due to a long-term injury and the other defenders needing time to develop, Arsenal have set their sights on Borussia Dortmund’s £17.5m-rated defensive wall Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
Sokratis is a reliable defender and would certainly strengthen the Arsenal defence which leaked a lot of goals in the recently concluded season.
Nacho Monreal (LB)
Despite injuries troubling Monreal, he had a really good campaign for Arsenal, filled with a lot of goals. The Spaniard has established himself as a first-choice at left-back and his consistent displays meant Sead Kolasinac failed to break into the first-team.
Mohamed Elneny (CM)
Arsenal’s only defensive midfielder, Elneny is a disciplined player who does the job of shielding the backline brilliantly. The new manager must learn to use the Egyptian to good effect.
Granit Xhaka (CM)
Another season passed by and Xhaka failed miserably to showcase his talent and skill set. The Switzerland international has a lot of potential but needs the freedom to express himself freely. Pairing him regularly with Elneny would be the ideal solution.
Danny Welbeck (LW)
Welbeck suddenly hit form towards the fag end of the season, with his contributions guiding Arsenal to the Europa League semi-finals. The forward’s recent form has also earned him a ticket to the World Cup.
Mesut Ozil (CAM)
Arsenal’s creative hub, Ozil will have a bigger responsibility from next season onwards. When the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez left the club, Ozil stayed with the Gunners. He is Arsenal’s one of the most creative players and his performance would determine how far the club goes next season.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (RW)
While Arsenal lost a real gem of a player in Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, they got a diamond in the form of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian struggled to make an impact at United but since joining Arsenal, he has been at his sublime best. He is any attack-minded manager’s delight.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST)
A fantastic poacher, Aubameyang has made a massive impact since joining the Gunners from Dortmund in January. If the new manager can help Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan gel better, Arsenal could become a force to reckon with next campaign.