Arsenal are believed to be closing in on the signing of Leicester City centre forward Jamie Vardy, with the north London side set to trigger the England international’s release clause.
The Gunners have already completed a deal to bring Granit Xhaka to the Emirates from Borussia Monchengladbach and there is plenty of other speculation about players who could join, so how might Arsene Wenger’s side set up come the beginning of the 2016/17 season?
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech
There’s no doubting this one, the big Czech will certainly be Arsenal’s no.1 going into the new season. Despite Wojciech Szczesny’s potential return, Cech will remain in goal – meaning that the Poland international may have to find an exit route.
Right back: Hector Bellerin
The Spaniard is set to have another full season at the club after being named the most valuable defender in the world. With Barcelona confirming Dani Alves will leave this summer, the Gunners had better make sure they don’t allow the La Liga champions to take yet another Arsenal player.
Centre backs: Gabriel & Laurent Koscielny
Per Mertesacker is getting no younger and although he’s just had arguably his best season at the Gunners, it’s clear that Wenger wants to make the player that he sought out in Gabriel the primary defensive partner for Koscielny. However, the Brazilian hasn’t had the best time at the club, with inconsistencies troubling his game.
While links to Bayern Munich’s Mehdi Benatia have been rife already this summer, it’s unlikely that the defensive unit will be joining the north London side.
Left back: Nacho Monreal
The Spaniard is one of Wenger’s most trusted players in the side, he’s quick to be first to every ball, intelligent defensively and is recognised as Mr. Consisent, a fantastic title.
Ricardo Rodriguez has been linked with a move to Arsenal after the defender himself talked up a move but it seems unlikely at this point.
Central midfield: Granit Xhaka & Santi Cazorla
This looks almost certain to be the midfield pairing that Arsenal will go with next season – a fit Santi Cazorla is a definite starter and with Xhaka coming in for no less than £30m, expect him to be heavily involved as well.
Mohamed Elneny, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin will all push for a starting role in the centre of midfield but it appears likely that Xhaka and Cazorla will be the preferred two.
Right wing: Aaron Ramsey
While Alex Iwobi was mightily impressive at the end of last season, Ramsey is more of a goalscoring threat when put into the attacking midfield three.
The Welshman is certainly not a guaranteed starter however and will need to replicate performances of 2013/14 in order to reinstate his place in the side.
Attacking midfield: Mesut Ozil
The German will definitely start for the Gunners after a stunning season in 2015/16 where he picked up 19 Premier League assists.
He’s going to be key to any success next season.
Left wing: Alexis Sanchez
Alexis – having ended the season really well, is set for a busy summer with the Copa America. The tournament means that he might suffer the same problems that he did last season, so it could see Iwobi start many of the early games in his place.
Again, however, the Chilean will be key to the success Arsenal have next season.
Centre forward: Jamie Vardy
The big man. Could he dethrone Olivier Giroud as Arsenal’s starting striker? The no.9 shirt is awaiting him.
While the deal for his transfer is some way off at this point and it seems a very ‘un-Arsene Wenger’ signing, it could be set to happen, with the Frenchman finally throwing the gauntlet down and wanting the goals that will win the titles.