How Arsenal could line up next season with Gabriel Jesus, Lisandro Martinez and Fabio Vieira


rsenal enters another summer of serious spending as Mikel Arteta continues to build a team capable of challenging near the top of the table.

The Gunners spent just under £150m last summer and have already parted ways nearly £100m with four new faces through the door in Gabriel Jesus, Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fabio Veiria.

Arsenal are hoping to add more additions to bring their spending closer to last year’s total, with Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez also linked.

Here’s how the Gunners could line up next season.

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With Eddie Nketiah signing a new contract and handed the iconic No.14 shirt, best associated with Thierry Henry, the young striker is surely set for a starring role next season.

Nketiah has stepped up in the run, with his goals almost clinching Champions League football and will be full of confidence heading into the opening matches. It would see Jesus play a wider role – a position he said is his preference – as young star Bukayo Saka takes the opposite flank.

Jesus, who will wear the No.9 shirt, can also play a central role, as Gabriel Martinelli steps into the left flank role. Emile Smith Rowe will also be in contention for minutes.

Vieira plays as a No8 or No10, while he also played as a right-winger, so there are plenty of options for Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners will likely line up in a 4-3-3 formation again for the majority of their games next season, with Thomas Partey set to start in the base of midfield.

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That leaves two No8 spots alongside him. For games where Arsenal face a low block and have so often struggled to break up teams, Arteta may well opt to start both Vieira and Martin Odegaard alongside Partey in what would be a team full of creativity.

At the back, Lisandro Martinez is said to rotate with the impressive Ben White and Gabriel, while William Saliba is determined to make a name for himself in north London after three successive loan spells.

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