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Mikel Arteta’s dream line-up for Arsenal’s opening Premier League game of 2022/23 season

Arsenal will travel to Selhurst Park on the opening day of the 2022/23 Premier League campaign as they battle it out with Patrick Vieira's Crystal Palace side

Arsenal are in the midst of a busy summer transfer window as they look to end their six-year UEFA Champions League hiatus.

The Gunners have wasted no time in the market, already adding Brazilian youngster Marquinhos, American goalkeeper Matt Turner and Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira to their ranks, with forward Gabriel Jesus also appearing to be close to a £45million move. And according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the business won’t be stopping there.

Writing on his Instagram, Romano said: “Arsenal will announce Gabriel (Jesus) as third signing after Matt Turner and Fábio Vieira… and then it’s absolutely not over yet.” Leeds United winger Raphinha has been mooted as a potential target, with Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez also said to be on technical director Edu’s radar.

Meanwhile, football.london has also previously reported Arsenal’s interest in Leicester City central midfielder Youri Tielemans, who has just 12 months remaining on his contract at the King Power Stadium. Now, football.london takes a look at how Mikel Arteta’s side could line up on the opening day of the Premier League season if they managed to sign all of Raphinha, Martinez and Tielemans.

Goalkeeper

Despite a shaky end to the season, Aaron Ramsdale enjoyed an excellent debut campaign in north London. The England international was a huge upgrade on predecessor Bernd Leno when it came to distribution, consistently beating the opposition press with pin-point passes into central midfield.

The aforementioned Turner will likely play second fiddle to Ramsdale this term, with Leno appearing set to leave the Gunners in the coming months.

Defence

Arsenal’s back four picked itself last season when everybody was fit. Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes formed a solid partnership in the centre of defence whilst both Takehiro Tomiyasu and Kieran Tierney performed admirably at fullback before sustaining injuries in the latter stages of the campaign.

However, French starlet William Saliba is set to return to Arteta’s squad after enjoying an excellent season on loan with Marseille that saw him crowned Ligue 1’s youth player of the year. The 21-year-old will challenge both White and Gabriel for a spot at centre-back but he could also potentially be deployed at right-back, in a similar role to Tomiyasu.

The Japanese international would often tuck inside during the build-up phase, essentially operating as a third centre-half to allow Tierney to roam further forward down the left flank. Argentine international Martinez can play as a centre-back, left-back and even as a holding midfielder but he may be eased into action if Gabriel, Tierney and Partey are all fully fit.

Midfield

Ghana international is one of the first names on the teamsheet and more-or-less a guaranteed starting at no.6. Ahead of him, playmaker Odegaard will likely be utilised as a free-roaming number eight.

Last season, that midfield three was joined by Swiss maestro Granit Xhaka but the left-sided no.8 role could suit Tielemans more, which is likely why Arteta has been interested in the former Anderlecht man this summer.

Attack

Hale End academy graduate Bukayo Saka played all 38 Premier League matches last term and he has now won the club’s player of the year award in back-to-back campaigns, illustrating his importance to the team. And he could potentially be joined by two Brazilians when the Gunners line up against Crystal Palace in just over five weeks’ time.

Jesus is close to sealing a move to the Emirates Stadium whilst the north Londoners are also reportedly keen to bring Raphinha to the club in the near future. The talented wideman netted 11 league goals last season and he could add some much-needed goal threat to Arteta’s side if he can be prised away from Elland Road.

Potential XI: Ramsdale, Saliba, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Odegaard, Tielemans, Raphinha, Saka, Jesus.

Potential Bench: Turner, Tomiyasu, Holding, Martinez, Xhaka, Vieira, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Nketiah.

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