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Arsenal’s ideal 2012-13 line up: The men Arsene Wenger wants for his starting XI next term

Arsenal have been through something of a rollercoaster season, starting very slowly before a revival has the north London side 90 minutes away from a respectable third place. Ensuring that the Gunners qualify for next term’s Champions League, Arsene Wenger should be able to bring in a number of new faces this summer, which could see the Emirates outfit challenge for the Premier League title in 2012-13. But what is Wenger’s ideal starting XI for next season?

GK – Wojciech Szczesny

The Polish goalkeeper has stepped up to the plate this term, and finally the Emirates faithful have a man between the sticks that they can trust. Wenger will look for Szczesny to continue his development in 2012-13 and become one of the most consistent stoppers in the division. Rumours have linked Swansea’s Michel Vorm with a move to Arsenal, and the north London club will need a backup with Manuel Almunia on his way out of the club.

LB – Thomas Vermaelen

The Belgium international is an important member of the Arsenal set-up, and Wenger will hope to have the vice-captain fit and available for the bulk of next season. With a raft of central defenders, Vermaelen may well end up at left-back, with Andre Santos a solid backup.

RB – Bacary Sagna

Despite the prominence and potential of Kieran Gibbs, Bacary Sagna is the first choice at right-back and is an excellent defender. The France international has recently broken his leg for a second time, and Wenger will be keen to have the 28-year-old back in his starting line-up for the start of next term.

CB – Jan Vertonghen

The Ajax captain is in the last year of his contract with the Eredivisie giants, and is reportedly being chased by Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United. Wenger will hope his side can win the race, as the centre-back would be an excellent addition to any of the leading Premier League sides.

CB – Laurent Koscielny

The French centre half has shown maturity and doggedness this season, and will most likely get the nod over Per Mertesacker if everyone is fit and available.

CM – Jack Wilshere

The Gunners have missed their home-grown hero Wilshere this term, with the England international not kicking a ball in anger all campaign. The Emirates faithful will hope to have their favourite back available for the start of next season, which will be as good as a new signing.

CM – Alex Song

The Cameroon international has been one of the standout performers for the Londoners this season, and is now a majorly important member of the team. Song’s combative nature in the centre of the park is complemented by a surprisingly excellent range of passing and boundless energy.

CM – Yann M’Vila

Wenger’s number one transfer target this summer, M’Vila has been imperious for Rennes this season and forced his way into the France international set-up. A £17 million deal has been touted, but Arsenal must fight off interest from Inter to get their man. If the battler does arrive in England it may limit opportunities for the likes of Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey.

AT – Lukas Podolski

The vastly-experienced Germany international has ended a long-running transfer saga by agreeing a move to north London this summer. Podolski will take some of the goalscoring responsibility away from Robin van Persie, and is a feisty and passionate forward.

AT – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The young starlet has shown glimpses of brilliance in his debut Premier League season, and will be in line for a regular first-team place next term. Fast, skilful and with an eye for goal, Oxlade-Chamberlain is a star in the making. Wenger will also have Theo Walcott, Gervinho and potentially Clint Dempsey to choice from.

ST – Robin van Persie

The PFA Player of the Year has been unplayable at times this season, and has on occasion single-handedly dragged the side to results. With one year left on his contract, the Netherlands international’s future will have a major bearing on the club’s fortunes next season.

Published – Soccerlens

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About Gareth McKnight
I am an enthusiastic and dedicated freelance football writer, with a passion for the beautiful game. I am a lifelong Spurs fan, and ninetyminutesonline is my thoughts on the current affairs of world football.

6 Responses to Arsenal’s ideal 2012-13 line up: The men Arsene Wenger wants for his starting XI next term

  1. Alex says:

    TV5 left back is wrong, he is not a natural left back and Arsenal’s form suffered when we lost both gibbs and Santos. (Fulham away Swansea away). What about Walcott? Wenger won’t pick the ox over Theo, not just yet anyway.

  2. Theophilus says:

    Well starting XI

  3. babasola tokoya lagos nigeria says:

    arteta is preferred to wilshere for his discipline maturity and knack for scoring goals with dynamite terrific shots in his boots WILSHERE can act as perfect substitute to any of the midfield trio of song mann villa and wilshere when fit and arsenal will not concede those stupid easy soft goals with effective protection of the back fourand great strength in depth

  4. Taurai mabota says:

    I dis team is de best and we can make it . But we talk , mo theory less practicall, dis time cups. Try to make a strong team from the pitch to de banch. Mo’ action less talk as others say action speaks louder than words .
    We want to ake it dis time .

  5. Marcel Campbell says:

    Gibbs is a left back, not a right back and whilst playing in that postion his performance i better then Vermaelen!

    All Arsenal requires is:
    1.back up left back as Santos can not defend and should be played as a left winger.
    2. Keeper – Vorm or Jaaskelainen
    3. Defensive midfielder M’Villa

    The following players have done well whilst on loan:

    Miyaichi
    Bartley

    Following players need to move on:

    Almunia
    Squillaci
    Diaby
    Ramsey
    Chamakh
    Park
    Vela
    Arshavin
    Bendtner
    Denilson
    Lansbury

  6. james says:

    Why does everyone pick Song in there ideal line up he’s shit and hes our biggest problem on Saturday against norwich he spent more time behind RVP than he did infront of TV5 and Kos expecting Ramsey and Rosicky (both players not blessed defensively) to fill the holes he constantly leaves. If Baglia or M’Vila comes in Song will move on because he’s nowhere near as good as them, Wilshere, Arteta and on his day and on form Ramsey who suffers with form because of Song constantly taking his position on the pitch. Then you have Coquline and Frimpong coming through and if some kind of godly force comes into play and Diaby goes through a season without injury he too would be better than Song. Don’t be so blind I’m fed up with all the abuse the fans hurl at Ramsey saying he not good enough and in part its true but how many attacking central mids play well at defensive mid and this is what Song asks Ramsey to do constantly so he can go forward and give possession away umpteen time before he pulls off a good ball

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