Predicted Arsenal Line Up For Next Season – Sanchez, Bender & Debuchy Included

Despite all the rumours and speculations surrounding transfers, it is what plays out in the field of play that determines the direction of the club, though it must be stated that the business done in the transfer window goes a long way in determining how balance a squad would be.

Last season the first team line-up was easily discern-able when everybody was fit:

Wojciech Szczesny

Bacary Sagna*

Per Mertesacker

Laurent Koscielny

Keiran Gibbs

Mikel Arteta

Aaron Ramsey

Mezut Ozil

Theo Walcott

Santi Cazorla

Oliver Giroud

That was effectively the first team of last season when everybody was fit. But following the departure of Bacary Sagna, that has effectively altered the picture of the first team squad.

Now, factoring in players that might come in this summer through the transfer window, the picture of the squad is expected to change remarkably.

If, as speculated, the likes of  Alexis Sanchez, Lars Bender, Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy joins up with the club, the first team picture will change a lot. All the players listed above are all expected to be first team players.

So in effect what will the squad look like this coming season with those players above?

It likely to take this look :

Wojciech Szczesny,

Mathieu Debuchy*

Per Mertesacker

Laurent Koscielny

Kieran Gibbs

Lars Bender*

Aaron Ramsey

Mezut Ozil

Alexi Sanchez*

Santi Cazorla

Oliver Giroud

The squad does not include Theo Walcott for reasons that he will not be fit to start the season. In the same vain, Oliver Giroud is also in the line-up above. The issue is, if Arsene Wenger goes ahead and settle for Loic Remy as the preferred striker he wants to sign, then Oliver Giroud is likely to remain as first choice thereby keeping with the word that, anybody brought in will complement him and not replace him.

When Theo Walcott is fit, the squad could take this shape:

Wojciech Szczesny,

Mathieu Debuchy*

Per Mertesacker

Laurent Koscielny

Kieran Gibbs

Lars Bender*

Aaron Ramsey

Mezut Ozil

Theo Walcott

Santi Cazorla

Alexi Sanchez*

Then the issue of Lars Bender in the middle is another area of importance. His height could compensate for the lack of height in attack. Although, Arsene Wenger might choose to settle for the partnership of Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey in the early games, because of the understanding they have built over time as the German settles into the pattern of the club.

Although, Arsene Wenger is reluctant to introduce more than a hand full of players in a squad, he did incorporate Oliver Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla very early into the first team squad in 2012. But that season the team’s combination play was beset by a lack of understanding in the final third. Which makes the point whether Arsene Wenger would want to introduce that many a player into the first team picture so soon. By the end of the transfer window, the worries can start.