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May

5 reasons to be excited ahead of next season & Arsenal’s potential 2012/13 starting XI


Written by Chris Wheatley

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Next season promises to be another exciting, entertaining and enthralling Premier League campaign for Arsenal Football Club.

Here are just 5 reasons why Gooners’ around the globe have reasons to be excited ahead of the 2012/13 season.

1. Arsenal are guaranteed a place in the Champions League group stage, meaning no qualification fixture will disrupt the club’s pre-season.

2. Jack Wilshere will return from injury. The future England captain is one of the most exciting talents Arsenal have produced in recent years.

3. New signing Lukas Podolski looks likely to partner Robin van Persie upfront. Goals are almost guaranteed from the exciting German and Dutch frontmen.

4. Deadwood will be sold. The likes of Sebastien Squillaci, Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela, Manuel Almunia and many more are on their way out the club, subsequently freeing up squad places and wages.

5. Big players want to come to Arsenal. Yann M’Vila has been heavily linked with Arsenal and could be one of several showpiece signings this summer.

Do you agree with the potential starting XI for next season? Leave your views in the comments section below.


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@Gooner_Nate
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4 years 4 months ago

looks like a great starting 11 but id rather see M’Vila start.

Gary
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Gary
4 years 4 months ago

Just seen RVP’s post match interview.He’s off

Ray
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Ray
4 years 4 months ago

As long as Song is in the side we will win fuck all.Back four exposed again because Song is a shit DM.Gervinho was a shocking signing would keep Yossi before the Ivorian Tony Daley.
We are 3rd because Flappy played in goal for WBA.

Daniel
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Daniel
4 years 4 months ago

whats different about this starting 11 other than podolski and the assumption that wilshere will make a total recovery with no setbacks. Pretty tame isnt it ? hazard to replace walcott, and m’villa in for song..that would be nice.

Jonas
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4 years 4 months ago

The OX off for Areta because without Areta we didn’t won the last few games en gibbs for vertonghen (if he comes)

GOOONER
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GOOONER
4 years 4 months ago

The ox on the bench/instead of walcott and arteta or rosicky (now hes found some form)?

Also if chelsea win the champions league wont we have to qualify as we will be taking the fourth english place effectively??

bongo
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bongo
4 years 4 months ago

Actually if chelsea win we will have a qualifier to go through.

WillyG
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WillyG
4 years 4 months ago

Arteta has been Arsenal most important signing so he is a must in that 11 in my opinion…But keep this in mind the best eleven rarely ever play together…Injuries,Suspensions,Resting alos with the Euro 2012…Wenger need to improve the Depth of this squad..But 4 now lets enjoy 3rd Spot

Gus_Caesar88
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Gus_Caesar88
4 years 4 months ago

Could somebody confirm….If Chelsea win the Champions league, will we face a Champions League Qualifier in August?

Skr
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Skr
4 years 4 months ago

Arteta is a starter surely? This has been the first game we’ve won this season without him. Song has been a huge liability without Arteta next to him

ne
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ne
4 years 4 months ago

i want 1 new right back, dm and creative midfield coming in.

Drew
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Drew
4 years 4 months ago

Would like to see a rotation of Arteta, Ox, and Dempsey in the midfield roles. Get rid of Gervinho.

Ks
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Ks
4 years 4 months ago

To be fair I think Arteta would be much better in the centre of the midfield. Arsenal sorely lacked a holding midfielder who has sense of the overall situation and one that really partners well with Song. Could see how much we missed him in the last few games. I’m not trying to discredit the Ox but we could use his pace to greater effects in other formations or even from the bench. COYG!

Bakrima
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4 years 4 months ago

We hope that Arsene Wenger will change his negative attitude and sign some credible players and get rid of over fifteen of the most hopeless players he brought them to arsenal and ket paying them for no good reason you have metioned three of them

fred
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fred
4 years 4 months ago

third place means no qualification even if Chelsea win the cup. They take Spuds place in the cup

Andrew
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Andrew
4 years 4 months ago

The way we’ve played since the start of 2012 we could win the title if we start next year like it and avoid a similar start to we had this season. Podolski is capable of scoring as many goals as Van Persie so the future is very bright. We need to keep RVP though and buy some quality defenders, excited for Wilshere returning too as him and Oxlade have got a very bright looking future ahead of them for us. I love you Arsenal!

tissiam
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tissiam
4 years 4 months ago

i hope you are very wrong otherwise that would mean we didn,t buy any real quality players!!

DaG
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DaG
4 years 4 months ago

That midfield would get dominated match after match.

Martin
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Martin
4 years 4 months ago
@Gary: Even if he does leave, Podolski up front (with another striker or two brought in for back-up) and Chamberlain on the wing with Arteta in midfield is still pretty good. Obviously we need to replace the deadwood too. I think a little expectation management would bode well for Arsenal fans; City will probably run away with the league title next year but I think all the other competitions are very winnable. A bit more respect on the management’s part for the FA and Carling Cups would be nice. If we finish second/third next season with a trophy, that would… Read more »
Sanmi
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Sanmi
4 years 4 months ago

If Chelsea win the winner in d Belgium league will play qualifier not Arsenal. We guaranteed group stage in d cl

eric
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eric
4 years 4 months ago

Arsenal will qualify automatically for the group stages and if chelsea wins the cup they would have to play qualifiers to get into the champions league because remember liverpool in 05/06 season when they won the champions league they finished 5th but got 4th spot and went through qualifiers at the expense of Everton.

Deshola
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Deshola
4 years 4 months ago

Good post!…Some arsenal fans never appreciate what they have!…kudos to boys for making us proud. They prevented totenham from making jest of us!..we deserve our win at west brom! Please note@Ray!…please learn to appreciate these guys!…from 17th to 3rd…weldone guys!..

bongo
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bongo
4 years 4 months ago

NO!!! If Chelsea win they AUTOMATICALLY qualify and that means Arsenal will have to play the qualifier matches. Read the rules.

2forlols
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2forlols
4 years 4 months ago

@bongo:

False

http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/fans/faqs/who-qualifies-to-play-in-europe/

Please look up the facts before you make up shit

Jack
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Jack
4 years 4 months ago

Its important that we sell every single player that is no longer needed and strengthen our squad. Not just make the numbers like we did last year. We need real defensive midfielder and a new striker, I dont think any single of the current squad is going to stay aparat from (hopefully) Van Persie. Its a dream but Eden Hazard would be quiet a signing.
Thankfully this season is over and of course… mind the gap, neighbours.

Big Guns
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4 years 4 months ago

AFC automatically qualifies for the champions league, Chelsea will play in the Europa League, they cant beat Bayern Munich without defenders and Ramires, all the players who are out are starters, no need to think about Chelsea, Arsene should be looking on midfield targets, midfield needs quality addition, we only have quantity in that department.

Mark
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Mark
4 years 4 months ago

That is a team to finish 4th or 5th as RVP will go.We will not finish within 20 pts of City next season

We need to sign Baines(Gibbs injury prone,Santos cant defend)Dempsey M’Villa and Ba or Cisse

AND BRING IN A DEFENSIVE COACH.49 GOALS CONCEDED A DISGRACE

fred
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fred
4 years 4 months ago
Here is official confirmation from PremierLeague.com: The top four teams in the Barclays Premier League qualify for the UEFA Champions League. English winners of the UEFA Champions League finishing outside the top four places (but who qualify for the UEFA Europa League through their domestic Barclays Premier League position) go forward as Winners to the group stage along with domestic champions, runners-up and third place. No extra domestic place can be gained by winning the UEFA Champions League, therefore the team finishing fourth drops to the UEFA Europa League. English winners of the UEFA Champions League who do not qualify… Read more »
willy mwachia
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willy mwachia
4 years 4 months ago

really funny how song is seen by some as a liability. he has around 16 assists

gunner
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gunner
4 years 4 months ago

i dont wanna be negative but there is still a pretty big chance RvP will leave

Bonnie
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Bonnie
4 years 4 months ago

If we retain the likes of RvP,and add an attacking midfielder like Demsey,i think next season we’ll have something to smile about

sepanta
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sepanta
4 years 4 months ago

are you kidding song is totally shit player.the worse player i have ever seen.in my opinion you are not prson to arrange perfect team.we have arteta in hand

NS Gooner
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NS Gooner
4 years 4 months ago

We automatically qualify, as will Chelsea if they win the CL. First things first we need to sell the deadwood, then think about strengthening. My opinion is we need another striker (I would take Kalou), a defensive midfielder (Vertognen or M’Vila), and a back up keeper (someone over 30). In addition, I really want us to sign Kagawa, but I doubt it’ll happen, just the same as I doubt we’ll strengthen at all of these positions.

Buzzing right now though, so I don’t care. How can you not enjoy St. Totteringham day?

Billy
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Billy
4 years 4 months ago

I thought that line up was supposed to give us something to cheer? Song is a liability, so is Vermaelan, so is Gibbs and don’t get me started on Walcott. Arteta, M’Villa, Wilshere midfield, Podolski, Ox, RVP upfront and add Vertonghen and Baines to that defence with Sagna and Koscielny. Then you are looking at a team capable of winning things.

ZenWhat
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ZenWhat
4 years 4 months ago

It’s all about the bench.

EIE
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EIE
4 years 4 months ago
this is still no where near winning the title team it seems Wenger and the board are just satisfied with just finishing third come on compared to the players Wenger used to buy these lot are just make shift players lucky to get third WE NEED A CLEAROUT AND ID SAY 5 QUALITY PLAYERS ADDED TO STAND A CHANCE OF WINNING THE LEAGUE NASRI CLICHY CAN NOW SAY THIS IS WHY THEY MOVED ON HAPPY WITH CHAMPIONS LEAGUE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH AND HOW WE GOING TO WIN THAT IF WE DONT STAND A CHANCE WINNING THE PREM AS FANS… Read more »
george
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george
4 years 4 months ago

excellent post mate, we desparately need quality addition now and retain our stars, hazard, vertoghen, and one more right footed striker to re[lace chamakh. do we keep vela??

Swansea Gooner
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Swansea Gooner
4 years 4 months ago

M’Vila is a must. Teams cut through us too easy. Song is not a dm. He is our best dm.

trugun
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trugun
4 years 4 months ago

I think Chelsea would have to qualify as a fourth place entry, If I remember right Liverpool had to do it when they won champions league and were out of the top four of the premiership.

EIE
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EIE
4 years 4 months ago

JUNIOR HOILLET BLACKBURN WOULD WORK DEMPSEY IS NOT GOING TO REPEAT THIS SEASON TALLY NEXT YEAR SONG GOT LOADS OF ASSISTS MORE THAN ANY OTHER MIDFIEDER IN THE TEAM

Kingsley
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4 years 4 months ago

Kudos 2 our player weldon guys 2days game make me 4get our trophyless seasons 1ce again congrate 2 my fellow fans around d globe 4 does dat’re listen wrong info we’re into group stage if chelsea won dey’ll play qualifier luv u all.

jibson
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jibson
4 years 4 months ago

@Gary: pls can u give the link for his interview

Josh
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Josh
4 years 4 months ago
That squad is average compared to the top two teams in all top leagues. We need much, much more than that if we want to even win the FA Cup more so the league or champions league if we win the carling cup and get to the final of the FA cup which the squad in the pic can do im not satisfied liverpool achieved that and the still clasified as rubbish. All we need to do is spend around 55 million to transform our squad into title contenders. Kagawa/Hoilett/Dempsey we need to choose one Vertonghen/Jagielka/Rami/hummels we need to choose… Read more »
MistaKen
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MistaKen
4 years 4 months ago

I want the Prem. We are being left behind by City and Man U who both finished 19 points ahead of us. We need Hangerland and Cabaye as they have proved they have football brains. The other players being talked about for us look good but they are unproven in the PL.

irish boy
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irish boy
4 years 4 months ago

ok evryone is saying mvilla maybe one more. why not mvilla dempesy and junior hoillet and a left back. we had 14 indiviual errors resulting in goals this season. we would have lots of bodies in midfield as we pick up tons of injuries. loan out few young guys ryo ,chucks ,aneke, frimpong when he returns from injury and see wat they are like in the permier league. rvp is must as i dont think wenger will spend the money he gets for rvp on a high profile replacement

SD-London
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SD-London
4 years 4 months ago

Your first eleven is almost perfect but it has to be Arteta in place of the OX. OX still needs to learn one or two things as an understudy.
We struggled without Arteta.

9jagun
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9jagun
4 years 4 months ago

were is Aterta?

george
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george
4 years 4 months ago

hoillet is good and would come cheap, b-burn is relegated after all, snatch him quickly. vetorgh &m’vila need champs football which we can provide, get them wth eriksen

aj
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aj
4 years 4 months ago

Stop trying to whip up a scare story, bongo.

Arsenal are definitely in next year’s Champion’s League group stages, whatever happens to Chelsea.

papy duru
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papy duru
4 years 4 months ago

kudos guys graetjob. tanx for makin us proud, respect to all gunners fans let keep d faith. remain gunners.

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