ARSENAL are gearing up for another season under Unai Emery – but how will the Gunners line up on the first day of the new campaign?
It hasn’t been a positive start for the north London outfit so far this summer.
For starters, Emery has been handed a limited budget by club chiefs after seeing the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck leave for free.
To make matter worse, captain Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel with his team-mates for the pre-season tour of America as he looks to push through a move away.
Arsenal fans have been handed a reprieve in the form of numerous transfer rumours, linking them with deals for Wilfried Zaha, Kieran Tierney and Dani Ceballos.
But how could Emery’s side line up against Newcastle next month if these three targets join the Emirates outfit?
Bernd Leno is fully expected to retain his place as Arsenal’s No 1 shot-stopper this term.
In front of the German, Hector Bellerin will be the club’s first choice right-back.
However, the Spaniard will not be fit in time for the St. James’ Park clash, leaving makeshift full-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles to fill in.
To many Arsenal fans’ despair, Shkodran Mustafi is expected to play in the heart of the defence alongside Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
Emery continues to chase Tierney, who is valued by Celtic at around £20m.
The Scot is an out-and-out left-back who can also play in the heart of the defence.
In midfield, Lucas Torreira looks set to stay despite rumours linking him with an AC Milan switch.
The Uruguayan would likely partner Ceballos should the Real Madrid man complete his move to the Emirates.
Tottenham have also been linked with the 22-year-old.
But reports in Spain suggest Arsenal have launched a £42m bid for the Santiago Bernabeu star.
In attack, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will likely play down one of the flanks, with Mesut Ozil in the No 10 role.
Zaha will also be deployed down one of the wings, should Arsenal finally land their top target of the window.
Crystal Palace continue to hold firm over their star man.
But Arsenal and the player are hopeful that a deal goes through.
Palace rate Zaha at £80m, which is a fee Emery’s side simply cannot afford.
Alexandre Lacazette is expected to be used as a lone striker on the opening day.