Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has spent an eye-watering £150 million on signings this summer to bring in six new players. (The Times)
Ben White was our marquee signing. The Englishman cost us a staggering £50 million, which in some people’s eyes is a bit too much. However, that’s the price you have to pay for an England international who’s still only 23.
Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares came in for £18 million and £8 million respectively. Martin Odegaard returned on a permanent deal for £30 million, while Aaron Ramsdale cost us a hefty £24 million.
Edu ended our summer expenditure with the £16 million signing of Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna. That takes our overall spend close to £150 million, more than any other side in the Premier League.
Although some Arsenal fans aren’t too pleased with the players we’ve brought in, the potential of all six signings is evident for everyone to see. So, what would our team look like if all six players start together? We have a look.
Arsenal XI featuring all six summer signings
Aaron Ramsdale has been brought in as a deputy to Bernd Leno, but the Englishman is viewed as the German’s eventual successor. He may not be ready just yet, but he impressed everyone on his debut against West Brom.
In defence, Arsenal simply cannot drop Kieran Tierney, even though we have Tavares now. As a result, the Scotsman will have to slot in on the left side of a three-man defence – a position he has impressed in for club and country before.
White and Gabriel Magalhaes start next to him in central defence, with new boys Tavares and Tomiyasu given the role of wing-backs. The former will be given the freedom to bomb forward, while we expect the Japan international to tuck in with the midfield.
Lokonga will start as a number six alongside Thomas Partey. The two are yet to play together in a competitive game, but Arsenal fans feel they would form a phenomenal partnership if they are paired together.
Martin Odegaard will start in his natural number 10 role and he can be paired with either Emile Smith Rowe or Bukayo Saka. With Arsenal struggling for creativity at the moment, we’ve gone with the former in our lineup.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not back to his best yet, but he leads our line. The Gabon star is finding good positions in and around the box, which is a good sign, especially with the creative talent now available behind him.
This is by no means Arsenal’s best eleven. The likes of Saka, Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka have all been left out, which is unlikely to ever happen. But, if Arteta wants to make use of every single player he has just signed, we feel this is the lineup he’ll prefer.