Lukas Podolski’s move to Inter Milan poses an interesting conundrum. When asked about the supposed friction between the cheerful German and the Arsenal manager, Arsene admitted that with the amount of attacking options at the club, it was difficult to accommodate them all and keep everyone happy.
So then I thought, what is Arsenal’s strongest eleven if everyone was fit (don’t laugh) and available?
Here’s my strongest Arsenal eleven:
In terms of the best eleven players we have at the club, this is what I think our best line-up would be.
Giroud and Alexis are vital to the team, and in Welbeck you have three attacking players who aren’t afraid to really work for the team and defend from the front. Mesut Ozil automatically commands a first team place and with runners such as Alexis and Welbeck, he should be the assist-master we know he all is.
Aaron Ramsey is far more accomplished than Jack Wilshere, and Santi Cazorla has been one of the best players for us this season.
The back four is self-explanatory, with Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Debuchy more than reliable fullbacks. Per Mertesacker has been inconsistent this season, and Laurent Koscielny has struggled with injuries but they are still our best two centre-backs. Callum Chambers has shown he is a confident, mature young player but still needs experience at the highest level to really compete with the Per-Kos axis.
The team I’ve picked is unbalanced, and that’s why I’ve posted what I think is in Arsene’s eyes, his strongest Arsenal eleven:
The back four is the same, as is the goalkeeper. But to add more balance we need to have a defensive midfielder alongside Ramsey and when there’s a choice between Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, you have to say Flamini is the better option. Arteta is better positionally but has lost any real pace he had and struggles to cope with the quick counter-attacks we are usually subjected to when playing teams at The Emirates.
I’ve also dropped Danny Welbeck and changed him for Santi Cazorla, simply because Santi can’t be dropped and from the attacking players Wenger always prefers Giroud and Sanchez.
But what do you think is Arsenal’s strongest eleven? Leave your preferred line-up (and reasons) in the comments section below!