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How Arsenal could line up if Arsene Wenger departs

Wednesday 29th March 2017
Though there have been mixed reports on whether or not the Frenchman will remain at the Emirates next season, as well as mixed opinions from Arsenal fans on whether or not they want him to remain at the club. It's fair to say that the North-London side could have a totally different squad should Arsene Wenger leave.

Arsene Wenger is known for not wanting to spend money, often leaving positions unfilled when they're needed, or rejecting impossibly good deals for players because they're not good enough for him (Lacazette for £40m last summer). Though the club is also keen on making as much of a profit as possible, it's a well-known fact that Arsene Wenger is pretty much fully entrusted with doing his own transfer business, and it's his decision - as much as anyone else's, to not sign the players the side needs.

So, with his most expensive signing ever being £42.5m on Mesut Ozil, how could the side line up next season should they be under new management who are willing to spend big?

Petr Cech - The goalkeeper will surely keep his place between the sticks, despite a few mistakes this season. He's coming up for 35 years of age, but still looks like one of the best keepers in the league, and there aren't many better on offer.
Ricardo Rodriguez -   The left back was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates last summer, but ultimately the deal never came to fruition due to one reason or another; the biggest being that the two clubs couldn't agree on a price. Fellow Switzerland international Granit Xhaka made the move to Arsenal last year and was allegedly putting words in his compatriot's ear during the Euros.

Laurent Koscielny - Statistically the centre-back in the Premier League so far this season, as well as one of the most consistent defenders over the last few seasons, it's no wonder the Frenchman is the club's captain.

Shkodran Mustafi - Having only joined the club last season as a long-term replacement for fellow German defender Per Mertesacker, whose performances had declined somewhat over the 2015/16 season, the youngster will surely be retaining his place in the team in order to establish relationships and on-pitch chemistry with the rest of the defence.

Hector Bellerin - Arguably the best full-back in the league. It's easy to forget that the Spaniard just turned 22, and yet has been a part of Arsenal's first team for the last 3 seasons. He'll only get better and definitely deserves his place in the starting eleven.

Francis Coquelin - Xhaka has been playing in this position too, but for a couple of wonder goals, his performances have been questionable at times, and his temper has gotten him suspended twice. Coquelin is a far more reliable player who has made more than 20 appearances for the Gunners for four seasons running.

Aaron Ramsey - While Coquelin has the defensive duties covered, Ramsey has an attacking flair to his game, and complements Coquelin well in the central midfield role. With over 200 appearances for the club, it's fair to say he's an asset to the team.

Alexis Sanchez - Statistically the best player in the Premier League this season. The only doubt over his position in the team is whether he himself will want to be in it. Contract talks have stalled and it's not looking good, but if he decides to stay he will no doubt be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Mesut Ozil - Another player whose contract talks have broken down recently, but there is no doubt whatsoever about the vision and technical ability of the assist king. If Arsenal were to buy a top quality striker his assists would no doubt reach an all-time high.

Theo Walcott - With over 300 appearances for the Gunners and having statistically had his second best season with the club apart from the 2012-13 season, he's almost definitely going to be on the team sheet, despite what some fans' opinions might be.
Alexandre Lacazette - It's no secret that Arsenal have needed a world class striker since RVP left in 2012, and Lacazette seems like their best bet. While Benzema, Icardi and Aubameyang have all been heavily linked, Lacazette seems the most likely to leave his club and make the move to the Emirates.
Daniel Felix Hobson

I'm a 20-year-old film student and writer of all things football.


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