How Arsenal Might Line-Up in 18/19 Season
As is usually the case, transfer speculation follows Arsenal all year round as their fans are always demanding more from their underperforming team. This year has been no different and even if they end up winning the Europa League the season would still be seen as a disappointment. How could this change move forwards? Well, the team needs a big overhaul in the summer so we’ve put together a likely starting 11 for next season with a few prominent whispers included in.
Goalkeeper – Timo Horn
When Petr Cech signed for Arsenal it was said that he would gain them 15 points a season, unfortunately for the Gooner faithful, this hasn’t been further from the truth. What they’ve become accustomed to seeing is an ageing goalkeeper past his best eeking out a few more years at the top level.
The most likely replacement for the old Czech stopper is current Koln #1 Timo Horn. Apart from having a pretty catchy name, Timo has performed well in a team that is almost certain to be relegated from the Bundesliga this season, which is some achievement. Add into that mix that he’s got a relegation release clause and you’ll see why Arsenal are even more interested.
Right Back – Hector Bellerin
Whilst Hector hasn’t had his best season, it certainly hasn’t been his worst..often being one of the only players showing the sort of passion the fans really want to see. After putting his little row with the idiots on Arsenal TV behind him he’s performed well. It has been mooted that Barcelona will come in for the previous La Masia graduate in the summer but Arsenal are unlikely to sell.
Centrebacks – Laurent Koscielny & Shkodran Mustafi
Whilst Koscielny is ageing and Mustafi has had a bit of an indifferent season, we’re likely to see the both commanding the centre of the Arsenal rearguard next season. Another potential candidate to fill one of these berths is Jose Maria Gimenez from Atletico Madrid, however, that is unlikely.
Left Back – Sead Kolasinac
Kolasinac has gained the support of the fans with his bulldozing displays in defence, scoring goals and generally just bullying the opposition but he’s still not the answer to Arsenals problems at left-back. Monreal is a better player technically but with his increasing years, he’s likely to play a secondary role to Kolasinac next season.
Centre Midfielders – Saul Niguez & Aaron Ramsey
This is likely to be the most optimistic placement as Saul Niguez signed a new NINE YEAR contract with Atletico in 2017 and his new deal included a release clause that Arsenal wouldn’t consider paying so there isn’t must point considering the clause (150 million euros). However with him being the best fit to replace the forever loved, and injured, Jack Wilshere who’s likely to leave in the summer.
The other place goes to Aaron Ramsey, as although he seems to infuriate as much as he shines, he’s still a capable member of the squad and one of Arsenal’s better and more consistent players.
Attacking Midfield – Mesut Ozil
It’s far too easy to attack Mesut Ozil for what he lacks as a player, he might just concentrate his efforts as a playmaker but he should be allowed to do just that because he’s the best in the world at it. Ozil is a luxury few teams can afford and Arsenal certainly can’t afford to carry him, but they do, and will continue to do so because, for every tackle he backs out of, he plays a perfect assist and every time he doesn’t run back to cover he plays a no-look round the corner pass. Very few teams in world football could afford to have Ozil on their team, but they all wish they did.
Left Winger – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
Whilst Aubameyang’s preference would be down the middle, with Lacazette looking the more sensible option as the striker teamed with Aubameyang showing how good he can perform as a winger recently, this will likely be the preferred way next season.
Right Winger – Malcom
Malcom of Bordeaux has been making all the right noises this season about a move in the summer and although the Paddy Power football bets seem to suggest he’ll be plying his trade at Spurs next season I wouldn’t rule out him going to Arsenal. He’s been a bright spark in an average team in Ligue 1 this season and would do well at the Gunners.
Striker – Alexandre Lacazette
Lacazette has performed ok since his move from Lyon without pulling up any trees, with his great goal scoring record teamed with being in a better starting 11 next season it should see him challenging for the golden boot and for that reason he takes the spot.