How Arsenal will line up in 2021-22
Arsenal's decline since the departure of Arsene Wenger as manager has been worrying for everyone associated with the club.
The tenure of Unai Emery didn't work, and so far Mikel Arteta has not been particularly impressive either, even if he did win the FA Cup in his first campaign.
The Spaniard is still in charge for the moment though and allegedly has the backing of key directors within the club as well as the owner Stan Kroenke.
So, Arteta has indeed been given the time to rebuild the squad.
In the 2020/21 season the Gunners finished eighth, missing out on European qualification for the first time in 25 years.
This summer they have already spent big to try and close the gap to the seven teams above, but more is needed if they are to do so, for sure.
Arsenal remain on the lookout for a striker, right-back, and a number 10, however.
So, with the players currently in the squad, this is how they could line up this season.
Arsenal XI for 2021/22
For the majority of the summer it seemed likely that Hector Bellerin would leave which is why Arsenal have been searching for a new right-back, but news on a departure for the Spaniard has declined as the window has progressed, so he may remain at right-back with Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers available as backup.
Arsenal finally have options in that position now, though, after bringing in Nuno Tavares from Benfica.
With Locatelli Juventus-bound and Granit Xhaka's transfer to Roma falling through, the Switzerland international will be first choice in the middle of midfield, particularly after his impressive European Championship.
Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are two definite starters in behind the striker, and as the Gunners have so far failed to sign a winger or a number 10, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be asked to play on the left with Alexandre Lacazette up front.
More transfers in are likely.