How Arsenal’s XI would look as one confirmed signing and three more would provide a solid spine

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For years Arsenal have had the problem where they’ve always had teams filled with talented players, but you always fancied them to collapse when the going gets tough.

A big reason for that has been the lack of a solid spine through the team – it’s an old cliche but you need a reliable keeper, a solid centre-back pairing, a midfield that can deal with a physical opponent and a striker who’s going to put the ball in the back of the net.

That’s not been seen at The Emirates for a long time, but Mikel Arteta’s summer business is starting to take shape and everything is looking promising.

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Gabriel Magalhaes has been confirmed by the club and Dani Ceballos is expected to return from Real Madrid, so that immediately improves the team.

On top of that it’s starting to look like Houssem Aouar is going to leave Lyon shortly and Arsenal are in the frame there, while the Daily Express have confirmed that Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has reiterated his desire to join the club this summer.

Of course there’s still some things that need to happen there but it certainly looks possible, and it would allow Arsenal to line up with an exciting team that had a solid spine to rely on:

It’s likely that Arteta will stick with David Luiz over Saliba but the French youngster has a much greater upside and has shown he’s good enough to play a key role.

Having a solid spine could also free up the wider players to be creative and have a bigger impact so Nicolas Pepe could thrive, while Aubameyang and Lacazette could swap positions depending on the opposition.

They still need to get some signings over the line to make this happen, but that’s a very solid looking team if they could pull it off.

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  1. AMN is up for sale, Luiz is on a one-year deal. By the end of the season, expect Saliba to oust him.

    Still, this line-up is a fantasy. More likely Arsenal will look like this:

    Leno (sadly, I prefer Martinez)
    Bellerin, Mustafi, Luiz, Tierney
    Xhaka, (Partey)
    Pepe, Ceballos, Willian

    Look for Arsenal to sell or loan; Sokratis, Lacazette, Kolasinac, Torreira, Guendouzi, Chambers, Holding, and AMN. That should give them the money to sign Partey. If Partey is not signed, expect Arsenal to try some kind of weird offensive shape to hide the fact that they have no #10 (unless they re-integrate Ozil, who is going nowhere).

  2. Lacazette won’t ever be played out wide but ok. Arsenal don’t have the funds for Partey and Aouar both. Pick one. Arsenal will have a team that can challenge for the title this year, should finish top 3 provided season isn’t canceled or team blighted with injuries.

  3. Arsenal needs just to sign auoar and partey then everything will be good. Line up as martnez: tierney,luiz,gabriel,cedric,partey,willian,auoar,saka,lacazett,auba. Sub:leno.bellarin,saliba,mari,xhaka,dani c, pepe, nkettiah,nelson

  4. I feel like with a right defense we may need Aour more than Partey if we can still pair Xhaka and Ceballos as a pivot. He will be direct replacement of Ozil.

  5. Leno, Tierney saliba, gabriel, Cedric, xhaka, partey, aouar, willian, Benrahma, Aubameyang… that should be our killer squad

  6. I love Arsenal so much. I’m appealing with the board to do two more signings. That’s Partey and Ouar because we need these players to make the team solid. Now we need defensive midfielder and creativity player. That was what Arsenal was lacking last season.

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