Arsenal’s possible line-up for first day of season with £70m worth of new talent

The new season is fast approaching and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta still has some transfer business to complete before the summer window slams shut.

The Gunners boss has so far snapped up young midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga for around £15million and defensive prospect Nuno Tavares for around £9million.

But Arteta remains in the market for a new centre-back and is also keen to strengthen the Gunners’ attack.

Arsenal are also looking to offload some players this month, with Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Alexandre Lacazette, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac among the Gunners stars who could leave.

Here’s how Arsenal could line up on the first day of the new season if things go to plan for Arteta.

The new season is fast approaching and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta still has some transfer business to complete

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Arsenal have been linked with a number of goalkeepers this summer but Arteta looks set to stick with Bernd Leno even if he does bring in Aaron Ramsdale or Sam Johnstone.

At right-back, Arteta has fallen out of love with Bellerin, who has been linked with a move away from the Emirates all summer transfer window.

Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan have all shown interest in Bellerin over the past couple of months although no formal bid has been made for the Spaniard.

Should he fail to secure a transfer away this summer then he may find game time limited at Arsenal next season, with Arteta preparing to give Calum Chambers the nod.

At centre-back, Arteta is set to stick with Gabriel Magalhaes, who was a success for the Gunners in his debut season last campaign.

And if everything goes to plan then Arteta will be pairing him with England international Ben White.

The Gunners have been linked with a £50million move for the Brighton centre-back who was called up to Gareth Southgate’s 26-man England squad for the Euros following an injury to Trent Alexander-Arnold.

At left-back, Arteta is set to stick with Kieran Tierney.

Moving into midfield and Thomas Partey is now a mainstay in this Arsenal team, but he could have a new midfield partner in Lokonga should Xhaka complete a move to Roma this month.

Emile Smith Rowe came on leaps and bounds for Arsenal last season and was handed the number 10 shirt ahead of this campaign.

Martin Odegaard, who was on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid in the second half of last season, was in the Englishman’s way for much of the 2020/21 campaign, but with him now gone Smith Rowe is set for opportunities under Arteta this term.

Bukayo Saka was one of England’s stars of the Euros and has become one of Arsenal’s best players, meaning he will keep his place on the Gunners’ right flank.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will likely play on the left, but Arteta can rotate either winger with Nicolas Pepe.

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Arsenal have lacked an out-and-out frontman in recent seasons, with Lacazette edging closer to the Emirates exit than to nailing down his place in Arteta’s first XI, and the Gunners boss has his eye on Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham.

The striker has been linked with a loan move to Arsenal this month with an option to buy.

Abraham is not in Thomas Tuchel’s plans at Chelsea, with the German favouring Timo Werner and trying to get a transfer for Erling Haaland over the line.

Arsenal’s possible line-up for the new season: Leno, Chambers, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Lokonga, Smith Rowe, Saka, Aubameyang, Abraham

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