The 2016/2017 Premier League season may have been a frustrating one for the Arsenal fans but indeed it may prove to be the beginning of a new era at the London-based club. One of the positives to take out of that season was Arsenal’s change in formation from the usual 4-3-3 to a new 3-4-2-1 formation that eventually yielded results.
The Gunners succumbed to a shock 3-0 away defeat at Crystal Palace, the game that saw the end of the back four for Arsenal. Switching to the 3-4-2-1 formation in the next game against Middlesbrough that same April, the Gunners found a new form and confidence – with only the 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspurs soiling their subsequent ten games played without a lose.
Ahead of the new season, Arsenal Wenger has begun to make his mark in the transfer market, with the capture of Sead Kolasinac on a bosman transfer, and the imminent arrival of Alexandre Lacazette who is reported to be arriving London Colney for medicals soon.
We take a look at how Arsenal will line up next season.
Although Wojciech Szczesny is set to return from his 2-year loan spell at Roma, I expect Petr Cech to anchor the defence whilst the Polish international looks to earn a place in the Wenger’s team.
Laurent Koscielny is expected to play as the central pillar in the pivot three. Whilst Rob Holding or Shkodran Mustafi mans the right side of the French international, and on the left should be the new signing Sead Kolasinac who is predominantly a left-back. Gabriel Hold played the aforementioned position so well but a more experienced Kolasinac should get the nod ahead of him.
Nacho Monreal and contract rebel Hector Bellerin can play from the left and right sides of the flanks respectively, whilst the duo of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey look to form the base of our midfield.
Though Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez’s future at the Emirates stadium remain in doubt, they are expected to man the positions behind the main man, with Sanchez operating from the right and Ozil from the left side of the striker.
With the imminent departure of Oliver Giroud, the incoming prolific Alexandre Lacazette is sure to lead the frontline. Having scored 37 goals for Lyon last term, he is expected to deliver the goods with the likes of Sanchez and Ozil providing support.