Arsenal Transfers: Ideal XI vs Crystal Palace

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger seems pretty pleased with the transfer business that he has done so far this summer.

He said this week:

“We have already bought four players, we have not lost players until now so we have a big squad at the moment. At the moment I can’t give you any news but we have not closed the door.”

We did however feel that this was a make or break summer for Arsenal. Even though they won the FA Cup last season the fans are not going to be happy with a similar performance in the league this year.

Because, once more, Arsenal flattered to deceive by playing brilliantly until March before falling off the pace after defeats by the big boys.

So we want to see less glee and more action from Arsene. He’s bought a speedy forward but still needs a steely midfielder and another number 9.

With Khedira seemingly off the menu Arsenal must pull out all the stops for William Carvalho – a player who would require a big initial outlay but could give the club ten years of service and finally fill the boots of the virtuoso Vieira.

With Vermaelen off Arsenal may look for another centre back but probably won’t disrupt his first choice pairing. So expect to see another squad member signed up.

Up top, the ideal man would be someone like Cavani – an explosive and precise player who could make a difference in the big games and keep Arsenal on the front foot – leading the big games instead of chasing them. Cavani would take Arsenal from good to great.

So, here’s our take on the ideal starting eleven (apart from the injured Walcott) for Arsenal for the big kick off. Arteta is apparently taking over as captain but we prefer Wilshere in the holding role – massive season for the lad.

Mouthwatering. Let’s have your thoughts.

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Debuchy – Wilshere, Carvalho – Sanchez, Ramsey, Ozil – Cavani