Lets just for a moment assume we actually sign all the main players the ITK journos like Ornstein say we are after, and we end up bringing in
Have I missed out on anyone?
So that lot has a goalie, a CB, a left back, a couple of midfielders, 3 attackers, and of course we are led to believe Saliba is to be part of the squad this coming season too. So all in that is 9 new additions to the panel for the coming season, can’t see it myself, but for the sake of arguments sake lets say all that business is done. Transfer Window Trophy won and all that. How would those 9 change our strongest starting 11.
Well I would like others to tell me how they would see our strongest starting 11 look, but this is how that lot would change it for me, or should I say this is how I think Arteta would select it.
In goals, Ramsdale
Right back, Tomiyasu
Left Back Tierney(when fit)
Central Defense – White and Gabriel
Central Midfield – Partey (when Fit) and probably Tielemans, but only if Xhaka leaves.
Forwards – Saka, Odegaard and this is the one I’m not sure of, maybe Raphinha, or if Xhaka stays, then Tielemans might be wide left, but then what of ESR and Martinelli?
Up front – Jesus
so just to recap it could be
Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney
Saka, Odegaard, Raphinha
Is that improving the strongest starting 11 at all, how much, will it be enough to change 8 of our 13 defeats into wins, because that is what is required for us to be title challengers, and if signing 8 players is not designed to make us title challengers, then what the hell sort of choices are we making?
Jesus would be the really big signing, but I think we need Mary and Joseph too if we are to be the genuine article.
On a negative note, if the 11 I name above is seen by Arteta as our strongest starting team, then I would suggest Xhaka will go this summer, Saliba would certainly not put his chances of being in the France World Cup squad at risk by being a sub here and a handful of cup games, ESR and Martinelli would also be losing their chances of being at the World Cup too,
All those signings would do is give us a much stronger match day squad, and better strength when injuries hit, which is fantastic in itself, for me if all those come in and we can keep everyone happy, especially Xhaka, as even if he was not first choice anymore, he would certainly be needed when Partey is out for a third of the season like he has been for the last two. Don’t get me wrong, for me Xhaka is a better player than Partey, but I’m just going on how I think Arteta would select the team, and how his signings would influence it.
Outgoings, again if the likes of Ornstein are to be believed, then we will see Leno, Runarsson, Bellerin, AMN, Mari, Tavares, Torreira, Nelson, Pepe all leave, sold or loaned, ah 9 out for the 9 in, but how many of the new guys are an upgrade on the outgoing, and what will the net spend be to the improvement?