The Ideal Arsenal Staring XI for 2012/13, featuring Vertonghen, M’Vila, Podolski and...

The Ideal Arsenal Staring XI for 2012/13, featuring Vertonghen, M’Vila, Podolski and RVP


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 (see our coverage of Arsenal’s summer 2012 targets here), 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 Kieran Gibbs / Andre Santos a solid backup.

RB – Bacary Sagna

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. You could also argue that Thomas Vermaelen deserves this spot and a Vermaelen / Vertonghen partnership sounds Very promising.

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, skillful 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, while Rosicky / Ramsey could also play in an attacking role out wide.

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.

What’s your ideal Arsenal starting XI for next season?

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  1. Not a bad line up but Szczesny has been far from great this season, too many gaffes for my liking,the first two goals against Norwich, prime example, the trouble is he is like many Arsenal players is in the comfort zone, he does have the potential but he has a lot to learn

  2. No place for rubbish Ramsey ,woeful Walcott,wimp Wilshere ,awful Arshavin
    and ball watcher supreme Sagna in next season,s line-up,not for me,but Bi
    glia,Song,M.Vila,Podolski,Arteta,Rosicky,Ben-Ayoun,defintely van Persie,Ch
    amakh,Santos,Coquelin ,Jenkinson,Miyaichi and the South Korean captain,who
    Wenger sweems to have signed just to increase shirt sales in the Far East
    and not forgetting Oxlade-Chamberlain,Mertesacker,Koscielny,Vermaelen and Sceszeny and Diaby ,if he can stay injury free just one season?

    • Wimp wilshere? Are you fucking retarded? And Sagna is the best rb In the league! Go and count to potato

    • Yep he’s retarded.. Wilshere is one of the best players to come out of England, you just have a short memeory as he was injured all of last season.. As for Sagna, up there with the best right backs in the WORLD let alone the EPL, very consistent.. You have no clue on Arsenal

  3. Putting Vermellon at left back is not a good idea. Vertoghen is going to have to earn his spot on the team in front of either Kos or Vermellon.

    Playing Wilshire before Arteta or Rosicky is also unwise. Wilshire had a great season last year – for someone so young. “For someone so young” is an important caveat though. He lacks the experience and the ability to finish. After a year off, Wilshire is going to have to earn the right to be a starter.

    I’d love to see us bring in Dempsy. We can play him as midfielder or forward.

    • That Blog list is woeful – I prefer Doc Brody’s analysis. Arteta is a senior professional to Wiltshire which is why he is further up the pay scale plus he is rated by AW in the same way Giggs is rated by Alex Ferguson. Arteta is not a back up option. He has plied his trade in the NW of England where we find the more robust of teams in the EPL. Vertonnen wont be at the AFC and Verminator wont oust Gibbs/Santos for a LB birth. would like Dempsey to run out for us too.

  4. Seriously? No Arteta? He’s Arsenal’s best player since he plays deeper, such an important player for the revive of the Gunners. Can’t believe he’s not in your first 11

  5. Vermaelen at left back is terrible. (1) He’s not quick enough to recover defensively from attacking positions. (2) He interprets the role in the same way that he attacks from center back – he rampages into the middle of the attacking third, and so does not produce the width required from an attacking full back. (3) His attacking strengths are his shot from distance, and his physicality, both in the air and on the ground – which are not what you need from an attacking fullback. (4) Defensively he plays fullback from a center back position – he drifts into the middle and does not cover his flank. (Though with more experience in the position, this point could be remedied)

    So Gibbs or Santos or a new player. (Even a right footer like Kos would be better – he at least knows how to defend at fullback)

  6. I see us as more of a 4-3-3 next season rather than the 4-5-1 of this season. RVP at times this year has been isolated in too many games and a more attacking approach from a front 3 would provide not only width but more bodies in the box.
    I cant see past a front 3 of Podolski, RVP and walcott. Pace, power bags of experience and finising too boot that is as good a front 3 in the league. and with back up from OX, Gervinho that seems to be sorted.
    Midfield will be interesting next season with real competition for places. Diaby, wilshere, arteta, rosicky, song and possibly m’villa im really excited about the prospect of some real class in midfield.
    defensively we have been poor this season largely down to the lack of midfield nouse. Verm is class and with the most improved efender in the prem those 2 are just fine for me. Back up from mertesacker and hopefully Vertonghen and centre half is sorted.
    Hopefully sagna will return stronger next season and with back up from jenkinson right back sorted.
    gibbs i feel is getting stronger each year if he improves phisically i dont see any reason why he cant hold down that spot.
    to sum up with the aquasitions of m’villa, podolski and vertonghen we are truly strong in all positions with experience and youth throughout.

  7. shezza

    sagna, verm, kos, gibs(subs mert, sant, jenks, vert)

    wils,villa, song(subs arteta, ros, diaby, rambo)

    RVP, POD, Walcott(subs OX, Gerv,)

    sell: Arshavin, squllachi, vela, denilson, djourou, bendtner, chamackh, park,

    promote:martinez, cambell, gnarby,eisfeld, henderson.

    8 out 8 in simple. challenge on all fronts job done i’ll be waiting for the call from AFC.

    • Makes sense, but keep Djourou. Not a starter, but only last season he was arguably our best center back (not saying much). To compete in 4 competitions (EPL, Champions Leaugue, FA cup, carling) we need depth. Djourou can be used to rest and rotate starters, and in case of multiple injuries we might need him.

  8. Arteta in n Wilshere has to wait, if we win M’Villa racing Arteta should wear Fabregas’s boot to feed RVP n Podosky then Song n M’Villa should perfect 4 defence

  9. no Walcott n ramsey? that’s not good idea to takethem in subtitution… they are great players n have great skills…

  10. Boes – I agree that Arteta has been excellent this season, but it is Arsene’s dream team – he would love to have Wilshere back at his best I’m sure, as would the Arsenal faithful – and at his best would start.

    Think if the Gunners can add a few new faces in the summer to join podoski and keep RVP, they have a real chance of breaking the Manchester monopoly over the title

  11. Look at all you Arsenal fans going on like you’ve actually signed Vertonghen already, do your research Gooners lol.

    Vertonghen has said he doesn’t want to play for a team where he can’t play in his favoured CB position (which won’t happen at Arsenal) and the Eredivise Player of the Year has even come out and said his personal preference is Tottenham so, it looks like he’ll be heading to White Hart Lane.

    Jan’s Wikipedia page states:

    “On 8 May 2012, he stated his strong overwhelming preference was to join English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur over their North London rivals Arsenal, and several other Premier League teams.”

    So, there you have it. COME ON YOU SPURS!!

  12. ink hasn’t dried yet at White Heart and he may choose to have confidence in his ability to win a starting CB position and play champions league over a guaranteed start in Europa

  13. not a bad selection but hard to sign vertonghen and vila to the team. i am certain that they will find a cup trophy but will finish between 3rd and 7th. Good luck GUNNERS!

  14. Anyway my line up would be pretty much the same if we had those players.. I would put Gibbs in there who had a great end of season run after his injury and have very high hopes on him.. I would also Try stick Arteta in the midfield.. And any criticism for Szezcesny is not warranted.. He saved us on many many occasions, sure he made some mistakes like anyone else.. But overall he had a good season, infact he’s the best GK we have had in years! And remember he’s only just turned 22!

  15. Pliz tell mr.wenger not 2 wastel time,on sign player,nd vertonghen & m’vila, becs we help arsenal 2 won trov.

  16. it is not just enof to map out these players, they are great and would make a perfect team for arsenal next season but d question we should ask ourselves is that ‘ is AW ready to put in money to buy these guys’? Pls arsene i dnt need any heartbreaks next season cos the league is getting hotter. Up gunners!

  17. 1 st add the playeary to our squad & clear out the dead wood players;i’m sure that ”’VAN 10”’will remain at the emirates next season;b/c he ‘ll our main part of player to be tiitle contenders;;;;;;;;;;triple contenders & make ”’ROBIN,,to won bala’ndor,,,,,,,FA CUP;BPL;CL,,,,,,BALA’NDOER ””VAN THE MAN””’,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,let we go to the new comers & dead woods;;;;;;;;;;
    1.lucas podolski 2.olivier giroud,,,yarmalenko,,,,powell 3.hoilett 4.m’vila 5.javi.martinez 6.jan vertonghen 7.vorm/c.gordon,,keppers 8.skertel/radu,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,TITTLES TITLES,,,,COMMON TO THE EMIRATES,,,,,,,,,,,,



  18. Sorry wanger, but the former ajax captain is to put on awhit shirt next season at W.H.L. With tottenham.

  19. szczesney

    sagna vertonghen vermaelen baines


    wilshere m’vila

    podolski gervinho


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