The Summer of hope for Arsenal fans

All signs lead to a hectic summer window for Arsenal as Dick Law and co have already been put to use, Harvey Clare reports.

With the transfer window barely opening and having already announced the signings of Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenals Dick Law, the man in charge of transfers has already been busy.

Exit door

The club has also seen several players released such as Yaya Sanogo and youngster Stefan O’Connor whilst academy prodigy Chris Willock was seen in a shock free transfer to Portuguese side Benfica. Meanwhile, Lucas Perez looks certain to leave very soon.

A key factor to the remainder of the window and what will unfold for Arsenal is to understand which formation they’ll be playing in next season, that way, you can get a clearly understanding of who they’ll be considering to buy.

Formation strategy

If Arsenal go ahead and continue with the current trend of 3-4-3 we’re likely to see the North London side sign more attacking players, more specifically wingers as that formation deems it. If this is the case, fullbacks will not be as necessary as they once were at the club.

To back this statement up, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Debuchy have all been linked with a move away from the club whilst it seems that Nacho Monreal will be used more as a Centre Back than a Left-Wing Back thanks to the arrival of Kolasinac. Furthermore, in the last few games of the 2016-2017 season, Oxlaid-Chamberlain took the place of fullback Hector Bellerin.

To maintain a healthy 3-4-3 formation, The Gunners are going to need a least five Centre Backs in their squad, currently, Arsenal have six known Centre Backs, this is even more recognition that they’re likely to continue with this formation next season. Here, the numbers are not an issue, it’s how good these defenders are which is the issue.

Weak backline

These six Centre Backs consist the likes of Per Mertesacker, Gabriel, and Calum Chambers. The majority of Arsenal fans would tell you that this isn’t strong enough to compete in the upcoming season. Yet, as of now, it seems as if there’s no intention of new additional Centre Backs arriving.

There seems to be no sign of Arsenal stopping anytime soon as they’re frequently linked to the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Thomas Lemar heavily whereas the future of Monaco’s golden child Kylian Mbappe still in the air.

Not to mention that the departing door could still be swung open with Jack Wilshere, Chamberlain and key man Alexis Sanchez future all looking hazy to say the least.