Arsenal unlike the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have not made a slow start to their summer’s transfer activity. It’s just six since July and the Gunners have already secured three official signings and are on the verge of the fourth which looks “very close”.
The Gunners new manager Unai Emery is in line of assembling his new side, and it’s coming on quite nicely for the Spaniard so far.
Three signings this summer. Fans would be wondering how will these new faces be fielded in the squad next season. Well, Here’s how I believe they might line up next season with Bernd Leno, Sokratis and Lucas Torreira in the fray. Lineup in picuture after article.
This Emery’s formation normally consist of a flat back-four, an anchoring midfielder playing alongside two box-to-box midfielders, and then a fluid and mobile front three that have the freedom to rotate positions in possession and press the opposition high up the pitch. So where do Arsenal’s new signings fit into that system?
Well, for three of the four, is fairly clear. Stephan Lichtsteiner has not been signed to be a starter. Hector Bellerin is the starting right back and that will not change with the arrival of the seven-time Serie A winner. And the other two officially completed signings also slot into the team quite easily: Bernd Leno replacing Petr Cech in goal and Sokratis Papastathapoulos sliding in at centre-half, likely alongside Shkodran Mustafi.
It is Arsenal four signing that pose more problems. Although, the deal for Torreira is not official completed, but it’s believed everything is wrapped up. All left is just the medicals to get finalized. We should see the Uruguay midfielder in Arsenal’s white and Red shirt season.
Torreira once done as an Arsenal player, would play in the midfield. However, the uncertainly surrounding this is who Emery would choose to play alongside the Sampdoria midfielder and structure the Gunners midfield will take as a result. No one can tell at this stage, it could be Granit Xhaka playing in a holding role with Torreira playing as one of the box-to-box midfielders and beside him would be the reigning player of the season Aaron Ramsey.
Other way, it could be Torreira playing in the holding role while having or Xhaka or Maitland-Niles or even Mohamed Elneny playing further up the pitch. This really looks very confusing as another way it could be is Torreira in the holding role and Mesut Ozil stationed centrally, not out wide. All these are possibilities for Emery.
Be it as it may, I believe we should see Emery playing with the combination of Xhaka, Torreira and Ramsey as the trio in midfield. In such a scenario, it leaves Ozil playing out wide, with either Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the other wing and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front, or Aubameyang on the other wing and Alexandre Lacazette up front.
That is how I believe the Gunners could lineup with these new arrivals and probably, just probably, could be fielded against Manchester City as their first starting lineup of the season.