We move onto the defence for our next poll subject, as we start to build the rest of our team, as chosen by our readers.
I don’t think there is any element of doubt over our best full-back options, so we will not waste anybody’s time with a Hector Bellerin or Mathieu Debuchy debate, nor a Monreal/Gibbs debate.
So we bring the question of who should be fielded between the two Spanish full-backs, and we should have five options to choose from for the second half of the season at least.
Per Mertesacker is our club captain this year, but has been ruled out with injury, and is not expected to feature until 2017. He is a proven leader, hence being given the armband, and could be crucial in your selection.
Gabriel Paulista is also currently out injured, but should be due to return soon, but where he slots into Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans now with the likes of Holding and Mustafi vying for places we do not know.
Laurent Koscielny will be a shock if he does not receive the most votes from this, especially with his performances this season having earned him the Arsenal Vitality Player of the Month award for August. The French defender has been our stand-in captain since returning to action following an extended break after the Euros, and he has been on fire this year.
Rob Holding has filled in well this year, despite only arriving as an inexperienced 20 year-old this summer, and has impressed in his outings so far. He was a close second to Kosc in the voting for August Player of the Month, but has seemingly lost his first-team role to the newly arrived German.
Mustafi arrived from Valencia this summer to become Arsenal’s most expensive defender, and is yet to taste defence with us. I’ve heard some criticisms of his performance against Paris Saint-Germain, but I refuse to be too detrimental on him just yet.
Who do you rate as our best defensive pairing at present?
Select your favoured two centre-backs
- Laurent Koscielny (49%, 581 Votes)
- Shkodran Mustafi (33%, 389 Votes)
- Rob Holding (11%, 133 Votes)
- Gabriel Paulista (3%, 39 Votes)
- Per Mertesacker (3%, 35 Votes)
Total Voters: 596