How Arsenal will line-up next season with Unai Emerys four new signings

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How Arsenal will line-up next season with Unai Emery's four new signings
Unai Emery has already made significant changes to Arsenals squad (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have moved with uncharacteristic speed and decisiveness in the transfer market already this summer as Unai Emery sets about the task of strengthening the squad he inherited from Arsene Wenger.

Working alongside chief executive Ivan Gazidis and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, Arsenal have already confirmed the signings of Stephan Lichsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Bernd Leno, while a deal for Lucas Torreira is expected to be announced imminently.

With the fixtures computer having handed Emery the toughest possible start to his Arsenal tenure it is just as well he is getting his house in order early…


How Arsenal will line-up next season with Unai Emery's four new signings
Bernd Leno will challenge Petr Cech for the No.1 spot (Picture: Getty)

Having spent an initial £19million on Germany international Bernd Leno, it appears almost certain that the 26-year-old will begin the new campaign as Emerys first choice between the sticks.

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Petr Cech was handed the No.1 shirt at the end of last season but at this stage of his career he is unlikely to want to play second fiddle to Leno, even if he was to be guaranteed game time in the domestic cup competitions and Europa League.

Carlo Ancelotti, now in charge of Napoli, has been linked with a move for Cech, who claims he is ready to battle it out with the new arrival, while David Ospina is likely to depart now his World Cup adventure with Colombia is over.

Emiliano Martinez could, ultimately, be promoted to No.2 having returned from a loan spell at Getafe, while Matt Macey, who impressed in the Carabao Cup last season, could be retained as the clubs No.3.


Arsene Wenger ditched his experiment with a back five early last season and there is no suggestion Emery will employ anything other than a traditional flat back four.

The experienced Lichsteiner will provide much needed competition for Hector Bellerin at right-back but the Spaniard is likely to start the season as first choice given his new teammate will need a period of integration, particularly given Switzerland have reached the knockout stages in Russia.

How Arsenal will line-up next season with Unai Emery's four new signings
Calum Chambers signed a contract extension earlier this month (Picture: Getty)

Real Sociedad have been linked with a move for Nacho Monreal, arguably Arsenals most consistent performer last season, but Arsenal are expected to retain the the 32-year-old who has become something of a cult hero. It is to be hoped, meanwhile, that Sead Kolasinac, who struggled badly after a hugely encouraging start, will be one of main beneficiaries of Emerys appointment.

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Sokratis, a personal recommendation of Mislintats, will slot in at the heart of the defence with Laurent Koscielny unlikely to return until Christmas at the earliest.

Who partners the Greek international is very much up for debate with Shkodran Mustafi yet to come anywhere near justifying the £35m Arsenal spent on him two years ago, while Emery is said to rate Calum Chambers extremely highly and ordered the club to sanction a new contract which the England international signed earlier this week.


How Arsenal will line-up next season with Unai Emery's four new signings
Aaron Ramsey appears likely to sign a new long-term contract with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

The remainder of Arsenals transfer business this summer is likely to rest on the eventual outcome of Aaron Ramseys contract negotiations. Unai Emery is keen to build his midfield around the Wales internationals energy and goalscoring prowess and the early indications are that the 27-year-old will commit the peak years of his career to the club he joined a decade ago.

Granit Xhaka has already been tied down to a new long-term deal and could thrive under Emerys management, especially alongside the more defensively minded Lucas Torreira who is expected to join from Sampdoria in a £26million deal after the World Cup.

Emery has also sung the praises of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, while Mohamed Elneny is likely to be retained having also signed a new contract, but both are likely to provide back-up over the course of the new season.


How Arsenal will line-up next season with Unai Emery's four new signings
Mesut Ozil struggled at the World Cup following a low key end to last season with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang guaranteed to start having taken to the Premier League like a duck to water following his club-record transfer for Borussia Dortmund in January, Emery will face some difficult decisions as he looks to settle on his first choice forward line.


It would be a huge statement of intent were Emery not to start the season with Mesut Ozil on the right-hand side of a three-man attack but whether he can afford to accommodate the mercurial Germany and the equally inconsistent Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the same side remains to be seen.

Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette showed signs for forming a fruitful partnership towards the back end of last season although the Frenchman was forced to stick it out on the wing, while Emery is also said to be a fan of Alex Iwobi who could still turn out to be a useful asset.

How Arsenal will line-up with four new signings

How Arsenal will line-up next season with Unai Emery's four new signings
Arsenal are likely to make four new signings by the end of the World Cup (Picture: Metro)

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