Arsenal approaches the next season after one of the most disappointing campaigns of the club, finishing 6th in the Premier League last season. But, the with the appointment of new head coach Unai Emery and 5 major signings completed already, The Gunners will be hoping for a brand new and exciting era.
Here, we predict the starting eleven of Arsenal for the 2018/19 Premier League season.
Goalkeeper – Bernd Leno
— Bernd Leno (@Bernd_Leno) July 22, 2018
Highly-rated goalkeeper Bernd Leno joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen this summer, having made more than 230 appearances for the Bundesliga side and being capped by Germany at senior level. As a result, the 26-year-old will now be competing against Veteran Petr Cech for the no.1 spot in the team.
Left Back – Sead Kolasinac
— Sead Kolašinac (@seadk6) March 22, 2018
25-year-old left-back Sead Kolasinac will hope to have a strong role under the new managerial era. After largely serving as the backup to Nacho Monreal last season, the Bosnia and Herzegovina fullback is set to take a step up in the team.
Centre Back – Sokratis Papasthopolous
Ray Parlour heaps praise on Sokratis:
“I think Sokratis is a good signing and he will be a no-nonsense, traditional defender in the mould of Tony Adams rather than someone who wants to play out from the back." #afc pic.twitter.com/gPLA1Tn5S5
— LTArsenal™️ (@ltarsenal) July 23, 2018
Greek international Sokratis Papasthopolous joined the Gunners this summer from Borussia Dortmund. The 30-year-old defender consequently arrives as an immediate solution to Arsenal’s defensive woes and will probably play the majority of the coming season.
Centre Back – Calum Chambers
The hard work continues 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/TbcOEI1GDE
— Calum Chambers (@CalumChambers95) July 19, 2018
One of the best defenders in the Arsenal side last season, Calum Chambers might play his best season for the Gunners yet in the coming season. Calm, composed and good on the ball, the 23-year-old defender will consequently prove to be the perfect partner to both the hotheads Sokratis & Mustafi.
Right Back – Hector Bellerin
— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) July 23, 2018
The 23-year-old Spanish fullback, Hector Bellerin will be forced into performing well or losing his place in the starting lineup due to the arrival of experienced right-back Stephan Lichsteiner.
Defensive Midfield – Lucas Torreira
A HERO'S WELCOME!
Lucas Torreira returned to his hometown, Fray Bentos for the first time after the World Cup and was received in spectacular fashion by thousands of people. pic.twitter.com/2TRSftYQez
— Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayanHeroes) July 14, 2018
Uruguay international Lucas Torreira joined Arsenal from Sampdoria this summer. The defensive midfielder helped his country reach the World Cup quarter-finals in Russia. The 22-year-old will fill the role of a much-needed cover to the back four.
Centre Midfield – Granit Xhaka
— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) July 19, 2018
Granit Xhaka will get to play his prefered role in central midfield after the arrival of defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira. The 25-year-old also arrives after leading Switzerland to the World Cup quarter-finals this year.
Centre Attacking Midfield – Aaron Ramsey
Sign a new contract, Aaron Ramsey! pic.twitter.com/VLpj32Jjeo
— Arsenal Related (@ArsenalsRelated) July 21, 2018
Aaron Ramsey is the longest-serving player in the Arsenal squad and still holds a key position in the team. The 27-year-old Wales international will probably get deployed in a more attacking role in the new system. Ramsey is also set to be made the club captain if he signs a new contract with Arsenal
Left Attacking Midfield – Henrik Mkhitaryan
— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) July 22, 2018
Henrik Mkhitaryan will be itching to prove his worth to the Arsenal fans after a decent performance after his move from Manchester United. The 29-year-old Attacking Midfielder will possibly be deployed as a wide player with creative freedom and little defensive expectations.
Right Attacking Midfield – Mesut Ozil
— Maher Zain (@MaherZain) July 22, 2018
Mesut Ozil has been one of the pillars holding Arsenal up through their toughest times. The 29-year-old playmaker will likely be deployed on the wing, like Mkhitaryan, with creative freedom and no defensive expectations. After finally receiving his favoured no.10 shirt, Ozil will hope he can make an impact in Arsenal’s new era.
Striker – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
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Arsenal's No.14 has a hat-trick in the first pre-season game under Unai Emery. pic.twitter.com/1XTKWm7rEI
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) July 14, 2018
Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund in January this year for a club record fee. An instant hit with the fans, the 29-year-old was involved in 14 goals in just 13 appearances this year.