Arsenal’s potential opening day starting XI is all change

Matthew Haynes
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You would think Arsene Wenger may have his work cut out at Arsenal this summer. Having signed a new deal for two more years at the Emirates, the Frenchman knows that this is a key season for the Gunners.

The Gunners finished outside of a Champions League place for the first time in 20 years so there could well be a strange transitional period at the club, while it may well be more difficult than ever to attract top talent in the summer transfer window.

What do Arsenal need?

The biggest thing that the club have to do this summer is convince Alexis Sanchez to stay, because money alone just won’t cut it. It appears to be a lost cause and even if Mesut Ozil officially confirms that he is staying, the former will be a bigger loss.

Replacing the Chilean is paramount, while additions elsewhere are also of high priority. It is felt that Wenger needs to bring in a striker, possibly a midfielder and centre back, plus replacements if Sanchez and Ozil leave.

With all this in mind, let’s have a look at how Arsenal might line up in Wenger’s new, favoured 3-4-3 system, on the first day of the season, if the club get their business don early.

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Strange not seeing Ozil or Sanchez right? Well the likes of Lemar and Mahrez should be refreshing replacements and should Lacazette sign also, Arsenal may revert back to their frightening counter-attacking style of old. A tweak is certainly needed and the suggested front three can fire the Gunners into a commanding campaign next season.

If Arsenal are to really challenge (not just get back in the top four), it is time for Wenger to invest in quality around the pitch. A new, quality centre-back such as Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao) would show serious intent and possibly usurp Gabriel from the starting XI, though this side as it is are more than capable of doing the business.

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