Based on the Arsenal rumours, which starting XI would you you choose for next season?

With all of the rumours and speculation, what is the strongest lineup Mikel Arteta can field next season that would make you believe the Premier League title is on its way?

Based on the latest big Arsenal rumours, this is the team I will choose.

David Raya, who won the Golden Glove last summer, starts in goal. We’ve signed him on a permanent basis, and the hope is that he continues to flourish.

In defence, in addition to the usual suspects Ben White, William Saliba, and Gabriel Magalhaes, I’d also like to start Riccardo Calafiori, a player I hope we sign. There are promising claims about our interest in the Bologna defender, whom I believe we will eventually sign.

He’s top quality, and I see him instantly hitting the ground running. Looking at White, Saliba, Gabriel, and Calafiori’s backline, the key concern could be why Jurrien Timber isn’t starting. It’s evident that we might have fantastic defensive options next season, so the Dutchman will have to compete for a spot in the starting lineup.

In midfield, I’d start Declan Rice as a 6, then Martin Odegaard as an RCM, and Real Sociedad’s Mikel Merino, whom Arteta reportedly spoke with over the phone in an attempt to persuade him to join us on a proposed £25 million deal to play as the LCM.

It is worth mentioning that Merino and Odegaard have already played together in such a setup at Real Sociedad, so there is something to build on.

In the attack, Bukayo Saka and Kai Havertz keep their positions on the right wing and striker, respectively.

Sorry, Gabriel Martinelli fans, but I’m hoping we can sign Nico Williams, who I’d love to see light up Arsenal’s left wing next season.

So, my strongest Arsenal lineup is:


Which team would like to see Arsenal start with this coming season?

Daniel O


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  1. Martinelli fans wont be happy when he’s third choice left winger but Nico and Trossard both deliver consistently where Martinelli doesn’t. Good line up, solid signings and wont take to long to gel together.

  2. I think (well I hope) Martinelli just had a bad season and will come through this coming season.
    I’m happy with how Havertz played at CF both with us and Germany however I’d prefer it if we could get a better CF
    I think we need a LB (preferablyversatile and can play other positions), DM and CF if we can afford it and stay within FFP rules

    White, Saliba, Gabriel, Timber
    Rice, Odergaard, Onana/Kimmich
    Saka, Nico/Trossard

  3. I think we may have mostly outgoings, and little or no incomings. If Partey leaves, then Merino is a good replacement. He also has premier league experience in Newcastle.

    My first team prediction:

    1. True. I was hoping Trossard would shine, but that was not the case. His alternative Martinelli is barely used in Copa America, and the one player “Williams”, who is good in that position is not even ours.

  4. If Calafiori comes, Kiwior, Tomiyasu or Zinchenko might get shipped out

    And if Chido Obi Martin extends his contract, Nketiah might have to leave

    1. Those 3 may stay. Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares may get shipped out instead.

      Based on the Euros, At Left back, I prefer France’s Theo Hernandez or Turkey’s Ferdi Kadioğlu.

      Nketia may leave regardless.

  5. Raya
    White Saliba Gabriel Calafiori/Timber
    Odegaard Merino/Kimmich Rice
    Saka/Jesus Havertz Martinelli/Nico/Trossard

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