Arsenal look forward to starting the new season beaming with confidence after defeating Chelsea for the second time in three months at the Wembley Stadium. Arsene Wenger’s men had defeated Chelsea at the ground in the FA Cup final in May and won the Community Shield on penalties on Sunday.
The Gunners finished in the fifth place in the league last season and missed out on Champions League football. However, Wenger, aiming to erase the disappointments of last season campaign and possibly win the Premier League, has brought in Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac. The French forward will add more firepower to the Gunners final third while Kolasinac bolsters the defence.
And with the news of Arsenal edging closer to the signing of Thomas Lemar from Monaco, we look at how the North London club will line-up in the new season with the midfielder in their midst.
With the departure of Wojciech Sczyesny to Juventus, Petr Cech remain on course to retain his place in the starting team.
Wenger switched to a 3-4-3 formation towards the end of last season and the French boss may choose to continue the formation this coming season. Summer arrival Kolasinac has already impressed with his performance and got the goal in the Community Shield while Rob Holding was brilliant late last season with the formation. The two could be either side of Laurent Koscienly. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Nacho Monreal look good for the wing-back positions.
A number of players in the midfield are currently injured. Francis Coquelin and Jack Wilshere will miss the first few games while Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee. Granit Xhaka defensive duties should allow Mesut Ozil to link well with the attack.
Should Arsenal finally get Thomas Lemar, he will definitely complete the front three; The Frenchman can play on both wings and with Alexis Sanchez staying for another season Lemar will occupy the right-wing of the attack, the Chilean on the left and Lacazette in the middle.
Probable: Cech; Kolasinac, Koscienly, Holding; Monreal, Xhaka, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lemar, Lacazette, Sanchez.