Arsenal’s 22/23 Main XI & Backup XI – Jesus leads, Xhaka falls to the bench

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Arsenal’s transfer window last summer was bombastic to say the least and this year it looks like the Gunners are repeating their same plan from 2021.

According to reportsMikel Arteta is set to spend big again in the transfer window with plans to sign at least two new attackers for Arsenal, as well as a central midfielder and a right-back, with some big-name players set to leave north London.

With Arsenal set to return to Europe next season, a squad with some actual depth will be huge for Arteta in his quest to bring the Gunners back to the UEFA Champions League and a strong run in the FA Cup and UEFA Europa have league.

In fact, Arsenal have already been linked with some big names ahead of the transfer window and here at HITC Sport we look at who will feature in the club’s main starting XI, as well as their backup for next season if Arteta goes through with his plan to a tee .

The main XI – Jesus leads for Arsenal and Tielemans replaces Xhaka in midfield

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If everyone is fit, Arsenal’s main XI may not change as dramatically as everyone might think, with a new leading striker and a new central midfielder, the two positions set to receive a makeover for next season.

And if reports are to be believed, Gabriel Jesus and Youri Tielemans are the two players Arsenal are signing hardest, with the Gunners reportedly close to signing the Manchester City striker, with Erling Haaland already confirming one obligation for the giants of the Premier League.

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The usual back five retain their spots with Martin Odegaard starting with Thomas Partey in midfield, while Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli join Jesus in what could be an exciting attack for next season.

As mentioned above, squad depth is Arsenal’s main plan for this summer’s transfer window and as we’ll see in the next section, the Gunners’ back-up squad could be one that could do well in Europe and give fans hope for the next generation of players.

The Backup XI – Saliba mans the defense while the Hale End trio leads the offense

Granit Xhaka is unlucky to drop out of the main XI this season due to his form but with Europe on the Gunners’ cards £35 million Star will play a lot of football, with the midfielder likely to join Albert Sambi Lokonga and Mohamed Elneny in the middle of the park, while Arsenal are set to sign the Egyptian on a new contract.

The biggest change in this eleven, however, is defense, with four new names forming the back-five alongside Rob Holding. While Matt Turner and William Saliba are confirmed signings for next season, Championship star Djed Spence and Scotland international Aaron Hickey are just rumours, although the pair would make incredible signings for the north London full-back

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Four newcomers at the back could be seen as the surprise element of this Arsenal XI for many, but for fans attacking will be the one that raises the most eyebrows, with a trio of Hale End leading the line for the Gunners.

While Arsenal are likely to sign a second attacker, no specific name has been given as the Gunners seem focused on bringing in a main striker.

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However, given Folarin Balogun’s talent, many supporters would be open to the youngster getting a chance to start alongside Emile Smith Rowe and returning Reiss Nelson, who is ready to redeem himself under Arteta.

In other news, Gary Neville tweets a five-word reaction to Richarlison’s dig at Jamie Carragher

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