Arsenal have endured a horrible campaign to date. Knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiacos and eight points off Chelsea in the race for the top four, it seems as though Champions League football is off the cards for next season.
With that in mind, what would a Gunners starting XI look like for next season? You can’t look past Bernd Leno, who has to start in goal having saved the second-most shots of any ‘keeper in the Premier League.
The defence has been something of a shambles this term and there needs to be wholesale changes for next year. Calum Chambers looked quite brilliant before his injury with the Gunners having lost just five of the 18 games he featured in. Alongside him will almost certainly be William Saliba, who despite being just 19-years-old, averages fewer fouls per league game than any of Mikel Arteta’s men, showing his cool and calm nature (via WhoScored).
Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Kieran Tierney should be the options on the flanks with the Englishman having made the most tackles per game, as per WhoScored. Meanwhile, former north London favourite John Hartson has come out and claimed that the Scotsman is a better defender than Liverpool’s Andy Robertson, showing how much quality the youngster possesses.
Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira should retain their places in the middle of the park with the Swiss midfielder having averaged the most passes of any player to start more than one game, whilst the Uruguayan is the second-most fouled man for the side in the top-flight.
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Mesut Ozil has just two assists to his name in the league and with Aston Villa in a relegation battle, Jack Grealish could be a realistic target with Robert Pires seemingly tipping him to move to the Gunners. The £34.2m-rated, as per Transfermarkt, playmaker has enjoyed a fine season and has played more key passes and drawn more fouls per game than the German.
On the flanks, Nicolas Pepe has shown signs of promise with his dribbling ability and should start on the right-wing. However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been wasted on the opposite wing and should be replaced by Bukayo Saka, who is the side’s leading creator this year. Instead the Gabon international should replace Alexandre Lacazette, who has fewer goals across all competitions than his forward partner.
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