Leno, Pavon, Sokratis – How Arsenal could look in 2018/19 after Emery’s £104m overhaul

The Unai Emery era begins.

The Spaniard has made his mark on the transfer window by bringing in Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner, while Lucas Torreira is expected to join imminently.

There is a growing sense of excitement here and we believe next season will be a very successful one. Despite not being able to lure potential new boys with the prospect of Champions League football, Emery is still attracting top players, thanks partly to the work of recruitment chief Sven Mislintat.

We take a look at the probable line-up for the Gunners come August.

Goalkeeper

Bernd Leno is expected to be number one after the German international arrived for a fee of £22m from Bayer Leverkusen earlier in the summer. Petr Cech has been handed the number one jersey and will pass on his experience whilst providing reasonable back-up, but Leno is our future.

Defence

Hector Bellerin is reportedly rated highly by Emery, but he needs competition: Switzerland captain, Stephan Lichtsteiner has arrived to provide it.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who joins from Dortmund, will lead the defence, but who his centre-back partner should be is up for debate. Shkodran Mustafi has something to prove after a disappointing 2017-18 campaign, so there could be opportunities for Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos or Calum Chambers, the latter having signed a new deal.

Nacho Monreal is a shoe-in for the left-back spot; the best alternative would be Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who offers more pace but is a long way behind Monreal in terms of his reading of the game.

Midfield

Lucas Torreira, a diminutive defensive midfielder has earned admirers for his combative style, is expected to join the club after the World Cup. Alongside him could be Aaron Ramsey, although the Welshman is yet to sign a new deal and plenty of central midfielders – including Ever Banega and Steven N’Zonzi – have been linked.

In attacking midfield, a trio of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil and Cristian Pavon – the latter having been linked with a move from Boca Juniors – would be electric. Mkhitaryan and Ozil are as creative as they come and Pavon, who was one of the few bright spots during Argentina’s poor World Cup campaign, would add pace and width.

Striker

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was brilliant in his half season at the Emirates Stadium last term. The Gabonese goalscorer’s 10 strikes in 13 appearances made him one of just five players in the top four leagues of English football to reach double-figures, without starting more than 15 games. After a full preseason, he could be deadly.

Probable lineup: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Monreal, Torreira, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Pavon, Aubameyang.

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Comments

  1. torreira is avery good player and what waz missing in arsene wenger team was 2defenders,holding midfielder and winger.bambi emery has atleast tried 2show fans that he know arsenal problems.so it will be so good if torriera join gunners

  2. How i would wish if Arsenal could sign Pavon, he is just a fine player a perfect replacement of Alexi Sanchez, Emery go for this guy he is just at 26m Pound and also you get Dembele from Barca then we shall call it finished and i believe we shall have a fine season

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