Arsenal had a damn strong starting XI entering the 2016/17 season, once everyone finally returned from their various escapades. This is how it should look next season.
Arsenal’s starting XI continues to upgrade from season to season, which is a good thing, seeing as how they have yet to bring home that illusive major trophy. This year has been another frustrating campaign and, barring a massive Chelsea collapse and a sudden uptick in steel from our Gunners, it figures to be the same old story.
So more upgrades are needed, therefore, to continue on our quest for a Premier League title and any sort of presence in the Champions League beyond the round of 16.
As such, I have laid out an ideal starting XI for the Gunners to go into the 2017/18 season with. Now, keep in mind this is “ideal” and does not constitute what I think Wenger (or whoever else) will actually opt for. This is my massive optimism coming through here and as you will see, that means several key changes to the starting XI we are currently boasting.
Most noticeably, you will not see Francis Coquelin, Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott or even Mesut Ozil in this starting XI. No, you will see changes. Changes for the better. So let’s get started with the keeper.
I am not ashamed to admit that I almost put Wojciech Szczesny here. He will still make a career for himself, you just wait and see.
You can’t really go wrong with Cech. He’s a safe bet. He may be on the downward portion of his career, but he is still quality through and through and even if we do sign an Alban LaFont-type, I don’t see them usurping the starting role to start the season, nor should they.
That doesn’t mean that things won’t change as the season progresses. If given the chance, I believe Szczesny can finally learn from Cech and make a serious claim to that starting keeper role that he has always wanted.
With the shoe-in keeper out of the way, let’s get to the outfield players, starting with right back.