Arsenal have just three more pre-season games before they get the new Premier League season underway against Leicester City on Friday, August 11
Having returned from their tour of Australia and China, The Gunners host the Emirates Cup this weekend – taking on Benfica and Sevilla – before heading to Wembley for the Community Shield against Chelsea.
Then the real business returns when Leicester visit the Emirates for the first game of the new 2017/18 campaign.
Arsenal are well aware of how important it is for them to get off to a good start against the Foxes, given their disappointing fifth-placed finish last time out.
So what could their starting XI be on that opening night? We’ve taken a look at the side Wenger could pick to face the 2016 Premier League champions in north London.
Arsene Wenger won’t be losing too much sleep over this decision, barring injury Petr Cech will undoubtedly start between the sticks.
The former Chelsea keeper ended last season in fine form and he continued where he left off during pre-season.
David Ospina and Emi Martinez have both struggled at times during the summer, however, so have failed to apply any pressure to Cech for the No.1 jersey.
This will be one of Wenger’s easiest decisions when it comes to naming his side to face the Foxes.
Verdict: Cech to start for the Gunners
Wenger is facing some big decisions in terms of his backline.
If he starts using the three at the back formation, then there are some serious questions that will need answering – with Laurent Koscielny suspended following his red card against Everton on the final day of last season.
Per Mertesacker has played a full part in pre-season so far and will more than likely get the nod against the Foxes as he will be fully up to speed, but then there is real uncertainty.
Usually Shkodran Mustafi would be in the side, but there are some doubts whether he will be ready for the opening weekend given he is not due back to training until Monday due to his extended summer break.
The same goes for Rob Holding, who ended last campaign in such impressive style. He has also been given extra time off this summer due to his involvement at the Under-21s European Champions, as has Calum Chambers.
And Gabriel has yet to return from the knee injury he suffered on the final day of last season against Everton.
Krystian Bielik and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have filled in during the summer, but neither are expected to be asked to play out of position in the Premier League.
So the signs point to Nacho Monreal starting on the left hand side of the central three alongside Mertesacker and one of Holding or Mustfai.
New signing Sead Kolasinac will then make his league debut at left wing-back, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain expected to get the not on the opposite flank due to Hector Bellerin’s late return to training following his involvement with Spain U21s earlier in the simmer.
Verdict: Mertesacker to anchor the central trio alongside Mustafi and Monreal with Kolasinac and Oxlade-Chamberlain as the wing backs
Barring any injury then the first choice midfield pairing will be Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka, who both ended last season in such impressive style.
The duo have no real competition within the squad, with Santi Cazorla still injured and the likes of Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny way behind in the pecking order.
Jack Wilshere is still some way off full fitness as he battles back from the leg break he suffered while on loan at Bournemouth.
Mesut Ozil will certainly start in one of the two advanced roles, but who he will play alongside remains the big question mark ahead of the new campaign.
Alexis Sanchez is due to return to training on Monday, less than two weeks before the Leicester game – whether he can get up to speed in time remains to be seen, although Wenger has hinted that the Chile star could be ready.
But the significant doubts over Sanchez’s future also leave a major doubt over his involvement on Friday week.
Then there is Thomas Lemar, who Arsenal hope may have completed his move from Monaco in time to feature against the Foxes.
A third bid is imminent for Lemar and given he has taken a full part in Monaco’s pre-season so far, there is no reason why he wouldn’t be ready to play – should Arsenal get a deal over the line for the France international.
Other options Wenger has to call upon include Theo Walcott, although that would be unlikely, and Alex Iwobi – who has had an impressive pre-season so far with the Gunners.
Verdict: Xhaka and Ramsey to form the midfield axis, with Ozil and Iwobi handed the two attacking roles
Wenger faces a big call when it comes to choosing his striker for the opening games.
Does he throw new signing Alexandre Lacazette straight in from the start, or does he use the tried and tested option of Olivier Giroud?
Ultimately you have to think he will opt for Lacazette to lead the line on the opening day, with Giroud left as a handy option to come off the bench.
Verdict: Alexandre Lacazette to make his Premier League bow from the start
With David Ospina still at the club, it will be interesting to see who gets the nod as the No.2 keeper between the Colombian and Emi Martinez – it appears it will be the latter.
Then the rest of the substitutes will be made up of some of the players who have returned late to training, such as Bellerin, Holding and Sanchez – alongside the likes of Walcott, Giroud and Coquelin.
Of course there could be the exciting figure of a certain Thomas Lemar amongst the substitutes – just to add some extra spice to the occasion.
Or if that deal has not been done, then the impressive Reiss Nelson could get a chance to shine given his excellent performances throughout the summer.
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