Since the late Wenger era, Arsenal have been in search of a midfield powerhouse in the mould of Patrick Viera. Partey can fill that void and set up a base to unleash other creative players around him. Partey’s industry and box-to-box movement will also give Mikel Arteta additional tactical options.
Let’s not forget that we added Willian from Chelsea on a free transfer, which in my opinion is a steal. Willian has already impressed, getting 3 assists on his debut against Fulham. Gabriel has been a star since his arrival, also running the show and getting on the scoresheet in his debut. His command in defence, coupled with his comfort on the ball, makes him a prized asset for a team trying to play out from the back.
We also brought in Runarsson as a replacement for Emi Martinez and confirmed the loan deals of Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares. Dani Ceballos agreed to another loan spell. But the biggest priority was tying our captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a new contract, and it’s a massive success for Arteta to have accomplished this.
Without further delay, let’s have a look at the formation and personnel that will start for Arsenal on a regular basis. Will the forgotten Ozil find his way back? Let’s see.
Goalkeeper – Bernd Leno is the undisputed number one for Arsenal. He has made some valuable contributions in the past and will be a key cog in Arteta’s tenure.
Left Back – Kieran Tierney has been fantastic since his arrival. Although he suffered a couple of injuries, he has produced some top performances when fit.
Centre Half – Gabriel had been away from football for 6 months, but seamlessly slotted in the first game for Arsenal. He is only going to get better and can be a pillar of strength at the back for years.
Centre Half – David Luiz’s distribution of the ball from the back is unmatched. With more protection in front of him, his passing can be utilized in a better way.
Right Back – Hector Bellerin showed a dip in form in the last couple of seasons that may have been the result of injuries. In Arteta’s system, Bellerin has already shown glimpses of being back to his best. His speed will be a real asset going forward.
Central Midfield – Granit Xhaka is a leader on the pitch. Although he might lack a bit of discipline, he can convert defence into attack very quickly.
Central Midfield – Thomas Partey is primed to shine at Arsenal. Having worked under Simeone at Atletico, he specialises in breaking attacks down and powering his team forward. At 27, he is at the peak of his powers and can propel Arsenal to the top tier of football once again.
Left Wing – Bukayo Saka was a revelation last season. If he can turn up on a regular basis, we will have a world class academy product making us proud for years to come.
Central Attacking Midfield – Dani Ceballos has been the technical creative outlet in the midfield. With solid protection behind him he can foray into the opposition half frequently to create openings.
Right Wing – Nicolas Pepe showed his class in scoring the second goal against Sheffield. The Boss expects similar performances from the record signing week in, week out.
Centre Forward – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been scoring goals for fun since he joined Arsenal. Recently he has been playing on the left to accommodate Lacazette. But with new arrivals, he should move to the preferred central position to lead the line of this new Arsenal.
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Header Photo: Анна Джалалян, 2019