Opinion: Mikel Arteta might soon face a selection headache

Mikel Arteta is probably one of the happiest managers in the Premier League at the moment after the Gunners signed his top targets for him.

The Spaniard has been a good appointment by the Gunners, helping the club to win the FA Cup and Community Shield in his short time at the helm.

He has also made the club a tough team to beat even for the seemingly best sides in the league.

The Gunners splashed the cash this summer despite claiming that they had suffered financially due to Covid-19.

They signed the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes, Willian and closed their transfer dealings with the signing of Thomas Partey.

However, the club failed to move most of their unwanted players out and they are stuck with some of them for now.

Even more so, there are players who have been out injured who should get a place in the team when they are fit, like Pablo Mari.

The Spaniard is getting close to a return to first-team training and I reckon that his return will give Arteta a few headaches.

He is a left-sided centre back and the Gunners have Gabriel and Kieran Tierney who can also play that position.

If he returns as good as he was before his injury, then Arteta may have to choose between him and Gabriel because they are two very good centre-backs that play the same position.

I am sure that this is the kind of headache that Arteta likes as it will make his team even better because competition brings the best from the players.

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  1. 😂😂 Pablo Mari? No chance of him ousting Gabriel rn. So far, Gabriel has proved to be reliable, calm, and in general, an excellent defender. We haven’t seen much of Mari so i don’t think it will be that much of a headache.

  2. Arteta is already facing selection headache as we speak, which is a very good thing to take us forward as a club and I trust in Arteta to make the best decision.

    In attack we are full with quality players – Aubameyang, Martinelli, Willian, Lacazette, Pepe, Nketiah, Nelson.

    In midfield we have – Partey, Saka, Ceballos, Xhaka, Elneny, Smith-Rowe, A-M Niles, Willock.

    Defence – Gabriel, Mari, Luiz, Holding, Chambers, Mustafi, Saliba, Tierney, Bellerin, Cedric, Kolasinac.

    Keepers – Leno, Runarsson, Macey.

    That is a brilliant squad, picking from the best in every section and position.
    My first 11 would be.

    Willian, Aubameyang, Pepe,

    Saka, Partey, Ceballos,

    Tierney, Gabriel, Luiz, Bellerin,



    Honorable miss outs will be –
    Martinelli, Xhaka, Lacazette, Mari, Nketiah, S. Rowe.

    I won’t be surprised to see Arteta chose this formation soon –

    Aubameyang, Lacazette, Willian,

    Saka, Xhaka, Partey, Bellerin,

    Tierney, Gabriel, Luiz,



    Which ever way though, a win is my desire. I am excited with the squad depth and quality we have presently.
    I trust Arteta, I trust the process.

  3. S-J the Arsenal first team squad you have mentioned above consist of 29 players. This is despite that your list correctly has no Ozil and Papathopolous on it because Arsenal look likely will exclude them in their 25 man Gunners registration list to the Premier League for this season’s summer campaign.

    But even then, for Arsenal to have 29 players in their first team squad list is won’t be allowed for been an over blotted list by 4 players.

    But which players do I suggest then to Arsenal they should reduce them from the list of these 29 players that they will soon submit to the Premier League for their 25 man players registration with them? Well, I will suggest to Arsenal without any prejudice not to register Martinelli, Mari, Chambers and Nelson for the first half of this season’s campaign with Premier League.

    Why? This is because Martinelli, Chambers and Mari are seriously nursing various kind of injuries on them currently which could make them not fully ready to compete very well in games for Arsenal at the top level of the game even if they recover to start full training between the months of October and November as been projected for them to return.

    And as for Reiss Nelson, the lackluster performances he has had in games for Arsenal at the beginning of this season up to before the international break suggest he needs another loan out to the Championship this summer to improved on the quality of his game playing. And as well as William Saliba too needs to go out on a loan out move this summer according to Arteta that should help him correct the anomalies he has seen in his game.

    1. Samuel@.The list for the Premier will be practically a copy of the List for Europe as the requirements are similar;so it will be like this: 17
      Non-homegrown players.
      Leno,Runarson,Soares,Mustafi,Mari,Luis,Gabriel,Tierney,Kolasinac,Elneny,Xhaka,Ceballos,Partey,Pepe,Willian,Lacasette and Auba.
      8 Homegrown player.
      Bellerin,Holding,Chambers,Niles,Martinelli,Willock,Macey and another Goalkeeper from the Academy.Total of 25 players.
      Nelson,Smith-Rowe,Nketia,Saka do not need to be included because they are under 21 from the Academy.
      Ironically,Kolasinac the “best mate”of Ozil and who was really close to be sold,took the last position.There are still a few days left;so they may make some changes.

  4. I support the Reiss Nelson going out on loan, with the intentions of selling him in the future. Nketiah too is not ready for Premier league, he shouldn’t be signed for this league. Papathopolous and Chambers are not good enough for Arsenal. We need another striker, Lacazette is not convincing, he is not working hard as does Abu, A-M Niles is my kind of a player, he should be shipped out too, get an agile young player. He is too sluggish for my liking.

  5. leno
    Tierney Luis Gab Hector
    Xhaka Thomas Ceballos
    Pepe Auba Saka .
    Pepe and Xhaka are must.
    Sick of them being under rated.

  6. There is no headache for me….my midfield 3 would be Willian, Ceballos or El Neny and Partey. No sentiments. If we want to truly play attacking football. Partey needs a quick thinking player like Willian around him when he passes the ball to him during attacks, not Xhaka.

  7. One player that is even more talented than the overhyped, coveted Sancho is Reiss Nelson.

    No way can Arsenal can take him to loan again unless they don’t know what they’re doing. If given the same opportunities, he would easily outperform Saka by a country-mile.

    As for Arteta, he has no more excuses for not putting in a more balanced attacking 11 such as,

    Cedric…. Luiz…. Gabriel…. Kolasinac
    Partey….. Ceballos
    Pepe…. Willian…. Nelson

    There’s no selection headache there!!!!!

    1. Cedric for Bellerin?? Not atm…
      Xhaka partners Partey,
      Cabellos infront.

      Bellerin Holding Gabriel Teirney
      Partey Xhaka
      Pepe Auba Saka

      Willian, Laca, Martinelli attacking options from the bench. Saka can also play various roles through out the game and Pepes defensive work is getting better.
      Would love to see Saliba play and see what hes about maybe in league cup before he goes but if he does go on loan will be keeping a good eye on him.

      Perfect scenario is Saliba partnering Gabriel if he was ready.

  8. Always good news for the manager. MA is wise and has fans backing, just hope we return to same or better football which we saw last season. Come on MA let’s win some trophies with style…total football

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