May 13

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

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.


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

  1. Detuma says:

    Put AOC among de strikers as he is promising n rush 4 Junior Hoillet add Vertonghen + Baines n this would mimic the invicibles comes next season. Thank 2 Koscielney 4 a winning goal n all our players Do u remember Wilshere’s bet 4 spurs ending b4 Arsenal? What if every player has that confident next season? The trophy will b ours. Though we trust in u Wenger,pls spent we know u r a professional economist n make a gud investment out of sth small what if u get sth big? U will win double trophies.

  2. femy says:

    firstly,i we say congratulation to all arsenal fan,kudos also to the players and entre crew. I think RVP talk should be resolve fast and other players also the shopping for new player should not be delayed so they can be part of preseason program,so to form a team.

  3. dukeofarsenal malaysia says:

    CLAP!CLAP!CLAP!….thanks for the heartening, anxious, suspenseful season Gunners. My heart almost went to zero beat yesterday. I hope 2012/2013 it won’t be the same. We can make it, if we have the believe like Pat’s believes. Please have some reinforcements Mr Wenger. Inject the youth gradually into the team and not wait till we have injuries. With Jacky,Ignasi,Rhyo,Campbell we do have the men to give the our campaign some bright light. So hope 2012/2013 the beginning of good seson for the Gunners.
    Go Gunners 4 Eva

  4. DocBrody says:

    I love Wilshire and the Ox, but they will have to prove themselves before I’d start them over more experienced players like Arteta or Rosiky (or other mid fielders we might bring in this year like Dempsey). Wiltshire in particular can’t finish (yet).

    I also think I prefer Santos to Gibbs, but that’s debatable. If Santos is fit, I think he’s better. He’s not fast, but he is very difficult to beat one on one, and mentaly he is tougher (even a bit ‘mean’) which i like. Plus, he can take defenders on and score.

  5. Ralph says:

    Congratulation to the entire team but wenger need to sign quality and early enof 4 d preseason

  6. Leo says:

    Arteta must be in our 2012/2013 first eleven squad.

  7. levs mileys says:

    Thanx to kosc 4 da goal,nwy next season looks bright 4 arsenal if at all the all the names mentioned have to come into emirates,lets also secure van persie. mvilla remy,dempsy and some fine names

  8. Davi says:

    Unless Mvila is signed, Arteta is vital to the arsenal starting 11, along with Song.

  9. Davi says:

    Just seeing Podolski in an arsenal lineup is exciting. He could form a great partnership with RVP, as he did with Klose for Germany.

  10. Gunningooner says:


    No walcott please

  11. dangoon says:

    You all forget Arteta, he is boss

  12. James c says:

    What about benayoun? I think we should sign him he didn’t do badly and would b handy to have on the bench?

  13. Kelben says:

    I don’t think Chamberlain would be ready on start. Obviously, he’s a exciting talent, but not really as good as Rosicky or Arteta in technical or tactical aspect.

  14. teehee says:

    great team… but put in arteta/ rosicky for chamberlain because i think he isn’t ready to play and also needs to develop the technical and tactical aspect

  15. Abdul says:

    great formation, but I would love to see more experienced left back as i believe nor Gibbs or Santos has been consistent, i would like to see Wenger making new signing. Plus i think Arsenal is missing player maker, Wenger did not react to selling Fabregas and Arsenal was not creative at all this season, so i would really love to also see arsenal signing quality play maker, but i have no idea who that player can be.

  16. Patrick says:

    We nid 2 get rid of djourou,squiz,ramsi, chamak,arshavin shud b gvn a role on d bench, also benayoun,gervinho, walcot

  17. Patrick says:

    Metersacker’s height is not useful & he shud b on d bench,ramsi,diaby, chamak,squi,fab,almunia,bendtner,carlos shud go.let’s santos on attackin role. My team is rvp,podolski,santos on attack. Arteta, wishere, song in midfield. Baines,vermalen,mbiwa,sagna. Den szycheny. Sub.Ox,walcot,gervinho, mert,kos,m’vila,gibbs, rosicky,benayoun,arshavi,schwazer. Wit dis kind of bench,we can challenge 4 title, evn wen der is weaknex in d first eleven.

  18. AAB says:

    whats all this rubbish about song being not good enouth! he is one of the best all round defensive midfielders in the world and i have seen a fair amount of m’vila and he is IMO about on par with song if not worse from what i have seen and song is in a better leauge than M’vila. song was alowed to venture forward this year because of arteta sitting also. if we were to play wilshere and the ox in with him he would have to be more responsible and he will recognise that and AW will tell him this and he will be more solid defensivly. that midfield contary to what someone else said above would be a class on with the option of arteta, rambo, rosicky etc if needed. our defensive problems in my opinion are not because of the quality of the defenders they are with a lack of players staying back. AW needs to make sure only one full back gets forward at a time and that one midfielder is always sitting and song will do this job if asked no doubt. Our squad is a quality winger/AM E.G hazard or gotze and a quality LB(to replace the unreliable santos)away from winning things next year. Oh but we MUST keep RVP or we are in serious trouble mentaly as well as the fact we will be missing a World class striker.

  19. Azeez says:

    All i want u pple 2 knw is dat we shuld keep rvp by all means,wenger is our major prblm take it or leave it up gunners

  20. SF says:

    Man, I’m confused…perhaps arteta should be in the starting eleven, but I am not sure you to leave out of your starting eleven..perhaps for attacking. I would start Santos over gibbs

  21. SF says:

    We really need an attacking, visionary and technically sound midfielder, however there is no doubt in my mind that the current crop of players eg. rvp, arteta, song, podolski, jack or good enough to win us some silverware. I am very concerned about our defensive unit, perhaps one or two very experience new signings would be good, however if there is no addition for next season, I do believe that if we maintain ball possession and expose our defense unit much less, then we would concede far less goals than we did..All the back four that we have now has the potential to do better.

  22. Phil says:

    While knowing how Arsenal function, lots of big singings are unrealistic, there are a few weak spots in the team that could be reinforced.

    I would like to see Aymen Abdennour of Toulouse signed as a central defender. He excelled on a poor team last season, and his arrival would enable Vermaelen to be employed as a left-back if neccessary.

    While a midfield trio of Song, Arteta and Whishere would be a strong group, none of them are principally attacking midfielders, and the team needs and attacking player to link the midfield to the front line. I would be temped to sign Younes Belhanda from Montpellier. He would fit in well with a largely french-speaking team, and considering how injury prone Rosicky is, he would be a welcome addition.

  23. taylor says:

    next year i dont think we will win anything but the year after we will do, next year will be a gelling season, our dsefence needs to get tighter, song NEEDS to be a CAM and bring in m’vila for the defence, it looks like arsene is trying to emulate the invinclibles by bringing in more french players like giroud, and looking at m’vila, debuchy and now i hear ben arfa maybe looking for henry, vieira and pires?

    sagna vermarlean kosienly santos
    m’vila arteta
    walcott wilshere podolski
    van persie

    new goalkeeper?


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