Arsenal: My Formation and Potential Line-up For Next Season

Taken from the Daily Mail

Like myself, I’m sure all Arsenal fans have on their mind what exciting new prospects will be on the back of Arsenal shirts next season. With two signings finished, one on the way, and many rumours hovering around, things are looking bright for next season. 

Lukas Podolski, an extremely exciting addition to the squad. Especially if he hits form, he could turn out brilliantly. Meanwhile, target man Olivier Giroud does what it says on the tin, which is to score goals. 

Although it’s not finished yet, another marquee signing we’re closing in on is French international Yann M’Vila. Other names like Craig Gordon and Lewis Holtby are also fairly likely to be sought after, too.

Here is a potential line-up and bench for the coming season. Comment and please tell me any players missed, etc.


Sagna – Vermaelen – Koscielny – Gibbs

Wilshere – M’Vila

Walcott – Van Persie – Podolski


Bench: Gordon, Mertesacker, Santos, Song, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dempsey

There a few questionable decisions, such as leaving the likes of Andre Santos, Song, Arteta, the Ox and Mertesacker out of the starting line-up.

One hard area to resolve will be the left-back spot. It is open and will be fought out during the season. Consequently, Santos could break into the team. The midfield will also be a hard decision for Mr.Wenger. 

With the likes of Frimpong, Coquelin, and Oxlade-Chamberlain breaking through, and established Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosický and Aaron Ramsey trying to get into the line-up, Wenger will have a problem choosing this area. This is the most likely team for next year, in my opinion. I think the best two for this position will be Wilshere and M’Vila. 

Also, Craig Gordon on the bench isn’t extremely likely for next season. I’m not sure what Wenger and Gazidis have in line, so I can’t tell you what ‘keepers will be signed to replace Fabianski, Almunia and possibly Mannone. I also can’t tell you any news on Lopez, apart from reports about an agreed fee. I put him in the team as I think the possibility of him signing is fairly likely. 

I like the look of this team. Many others will agree that it has tremendous balance, with Wilshere and M’Vila defending the back four and covering the likes of Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott when they’re high up the pitch. 

Also, the back four itself looks to have resolved its own problem. Kos the boss [Koscielny] and the Verminator [Vermaelen] have look solid. Both are very reliable, and I think we can count on them. Full-backs have been ever-changing this last season. 

Djourou struggled, and Coquelin didn’t look exactly comfortable. If Gibbs stays fit for long enough, he’ll be noticed as a quality left-back and will push for the England team. I was the first to say this, and I stick by it. He has never-ending potential. I also love Sagna, as we all do! He’s starting to age though, and as much as I like Jenkinson, I’m not fully confident that he’d make any Arsenal team of the last 20 years. 

The signings I think we need are Giroud, M’Vila, and Vertonghen. If we can sign Vertonghen, I’d be ecstatic. He’s on his way to Spurs though. In my opinion, we need a defender. We leaked goals last season, so although we have Giroud and Podolski, we definitely need a defender to secure a strong back four, and have some vital strength-in-depth.

Giroud holding the Arsenal shirt. (Taken from Arsenal’s official website)

Problems aside though, we have a title-challenging team next season! Players like Arshavin and Denilson were affected by abuse… And look at them now! Haha. Let’s get behind the lads, and hopefully we’ll have a trophy or two next season. Believe. Come on you gooners!

Written by Deano Spyrou
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  1. Anonymous

    June 26, 2012 at 17:58

    I will like

    Verma kosc
    Sagna gibbs
    Chamb arteta
    Giroud podolski

    Bench: Welcot, Santos, Goviho, Ramsy, Calquil, Welsha

  2. Anonymous

    June 26, 2012 at 19:53

    i had a look at most of the comments what sticks out the most is the fact we all seems to be screaming for wenger to buy yet still there is a fuss over starting the players he is buying. if those players last season where so good “arteta song ramsey gervino theo” why where we so far off from the top come on guys we need quality signings to relegate these guys to the bench let them raise there games and fight for a starting spot so we can effectively challenge for the title with a group of players always fighting. too many average players were automatic picks last season because we didnt have able replacements let them fight for spots gooooooo ARSENAL

  3. Travis Wilcox

    June 26, 2012 at 23:00

    @ anonymous who posted a message at June 26, 2012 6:44 PM

    YOU IS A STUPID BOY! (or most probably a woman)

    You call me a delusional gunner yet you've composed a line-up of people who supposedly “LINKED” with arsenal? where does it say m'vila will sign? and come on dempsey? dont be stupid! LOL we dont need songs assists? is that why we only just scraped into 3rd spot? i bet you werent saying that when song assisted v.persie away at anfield were you? you IDIOT! and about rotating arteta with wilshere? come on now! wilshere is more defensive and arteta is more creative so rethink that strategy mate.

    who the hell is gordon? is that in another one of your dreams? the ACoN is not next season, genius! its in 2014 LOL!!!

  4. givemore

    June 27, 2012 at 08:49