There seems to be eternal concern over Arsenal’s transfer policy. But Arsene Wenger has done some excellent business this summer and the team looks closer than ever to being serious title contenders even after easter.
Alexis Sanchez will add even more pace to a side that is excellent on the counter-attack and he has also scored a couple of goals already to show that he can play in various positions up top.
Arsenal have also strengthened the defence which lost the talent and experience of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona a couple of weeks ago.
And the manager will continue to put his faith in youth with players like Yaya Sonogo expected to make big leaps again this season.
But in terms of first eleven players it’s only really Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy who walk straight into a high quality team when all fit.
Calum Chambers has had an excellent start to his Arsenal career but, once players return from injury, he can expect some time on the bench as he feels his way into the side.
For now we think that this is Arsenal’s strongest XI. With Giroud out for a few months we have discounted him for now and popped late signing Danny Welbeck in up top.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs – Wilshere, Arteta – Ozil, Ramsey, Sanchez – Welbeck
Arsenal fans: is this your strongest 11?