Would this realistic Arsenal XI of 2021 challenge for honours?

Arsenal are being linked with a number of players this summer, and while you would like us to sign players like Thomas Partey, Dayot Upamecano and Ousmane Dembele, I just can’t see our club over-spending this summer.

The financial implications of the recent suspension of football will most likely see a number of teams looking at value alternatives in the coming window, and I believe we could sell some players in order to free up funds.

Lucas Torreira and Alexandre Lacazette could well be on their way out of the club, and should raise somewhere between £50-70 Million for our kitty this summer.

If that was our total budget, I would quite happily use the majority of that to sign modern forward Rodrigo Moreno, who is believed to be available this summer. The Spaniard is an all-round striker, dropping back to get involved in the build-up play, and brings the best out of those around him, and could be crucial to helping us reach the next level.

Ryan Fraser and Willian are both available on a free transfer, and with a number of clubs also expected to try and penny-pinch will likely come under a number of offers, but I strongly believe the Scottish international was keen on an Emirates move last summer, and a small move across London for the Brazilian makes a whole lot of sense to me.

Personally, whenever I have found myself watching Chelsea, it is Willian who has always stood out as one who never stops running and working for his team, and you will very rarely catch a glimpse of him losing the ball at his feet.

The only other signing who I would put straight into the first-team line-up is Emi Buendia. The Norwich City midfielder will likely be a bargain this summer should the Canaries drop into the Championship.

The Argentine is the main outlet for his club, much like Jack Grealish is for Aston Villa, and while he hasn’t scored a single top flight goal this term, does have those scoring boots in the locker room too. Unfortunately he is the main creator, and he can’t feed himself the ball.

While Arteta’s new philosophy has brought the best out of a number of players, he definitely needs some more hard-working and creative individuals added to the current squad, and I would quite like Pablo Mari and Mykola Matvinenko signed to replace Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis to boost our all-round defensive options, with David Luiz in the latter stages of his career.

This defence and midfield has plenty of creativity about it, and with a striker who would work for those around him, this should represent a recipe for success, although a huge chunk of our goals scored would be lost should Aubameyang decide to quit the club of course.

Would the pictured XI be able to challenge the better teams in the division? Would you prefer the cheaper option of Odsonne Edouard over Rodrigo Moreno?

Patrick

Tags Emi Buendia Rodrigo Moreno ryan fraser Willian

8 Comments

  1. wee fella says:

    Ryan Fraser playing centre midfield hahaha. Oh my lord you’ve got not clue have you!?

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      Beat me to it! Maybe he’s never watched Bournemouth?

      Willian, but no Pepe? And if Luiz, Bellerin, and Xhaka are still at Arsenal next season, I am not even sure I’ll bother with next season!

  2. Sue says:

    Interesting to see Saka and Auba in that XI…. could it be wishful thinking?

  3. S.J says:

    I see a situation where we might lose Aubameyang and get in one or two player

  4. Grandad says:

    With the utmost respect your suggested eleven would be prime relegation candidates.

    1. Loose Cannon says:

      Grandad, my thoughts too were the same.
      Fraser – 1 season freebie wonder
      Xhaka and Luiz, a penalty lurking in the box, 1 goal down.
      Belerin – more interested in fashion and hair style.
      Willian, another aging CFC player, why do they all want to come here? easy life, easy money,
      no stress, all fun?
      Rodrigo Moreno – 2 goals in 21 liga games, 28 year old, am I on an Arsenal blog site or some championship relegation team blog?
      Auba wasted on the left, Gabriel left out?
      Where? and where has Mesut gone?
      And we add Emi to lead us to the dreaded Championship?

  5. towny254 says:

    Grandad Xahka Mustafi Ozil must go Abua will leave at the end of the season maybe Lacca too but we must start playing are young guns forget next season we have some very good young players USE them

  6. Son says:

    Come on…..
    This is a big club for God’s sake

    Not a chance…..

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