Over the last few years, Arsene Wenger has been attempting to build a side that is capable of ending their wait for the Premier League title, that now stretches to 11 years.
In the past two summer windows, the Gunners have completed the marquee signings of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, and the pair have helped the club win the FA Cup in successive seasons. But now, any new acquisitions during this window will be under pressure to help them win the big one, the league crown.
Here is the potential XI that could help the north London side end that wait for top flight success:
GK- Petr Cech
The Telegraph reported over the weekend that the deal that sees the 33-year-old move across the capital will be announced later today. For many Gunners fans, finding a goalkeeper of the highest calibre was the crucial bit of business that had to be done this summer if they wanted to be lifting more silverware in the near future. The Chelsea man remains one of the best in the world, despite spending the previous campaign as Thibaut Courtois’ understudy, and should provide the stability that David Ospina, Wojciech Szczesny, and the several names that have come before the pair, haven’t.
RB- Hector Bellerin
While Mathieu Debuchy may represent the safer bet defensively, the young Spaniard is so exciting that Wenger would be a brave man to leave him out. His pace allowed him to cause opposition full-backs a whole host of problems, and it also meant that very few wingers in the Premier League were able to get the better of him. He faces a lot of competition for the role however, with Debuchy and Calum Chambers also available to Arsene Wenger.
CB- Laurent Koscielny
The Frenchman was the Gunners’ best defender last season, and seemed to become the leader of the back five. Now with Cech between the sticks, Koscielny will need eyes in the back of his head less often, which will allow him to concentrate on his own game more frequently, rather than worry about those around him. He will be one of the first names on the teamsheet.
CB- Per Mertesacker
The German has been guilty of mistakes at times in the past, however he has won the World Cup so knows how to produce a solid performance when it counts. If he can rediscover the form that saw his country concede just four times in the entire tournament in Brazil, then the Gunners may be almost impossible to beat. If he can’t, Wenger has the promising Gabriel Paulista to call upon.
LB- Baba Rahman
Although both Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal did quite well last year, Wenger looks to be in the market for a new left-back, with Augsburg Baba Rahman appearing to be the favourite (via Metro). He was the Bundesliga side’s best player last season, and helped the club stun everyone by finishing fifth in the top flight. His potential could see him thrown into the deep end straight away.