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3 lineups Arsenal fans just don't want to see next season

3 lineups Arsenal fans just don't want to see next season
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Not for the faint-hearted!

Despite several gaping holes in the squad, Arsenal have not made any signings yet and are prioritising landing Ben White instead of landing a quality right-back and a playmaker.

So we thought we'd come up with a few mock lineups. These XIs are extremely bad but are not beyond the realms of possibility next season.

👨‍🔬 Lineup 1. Mad scientist Mikel

One criticism often levelled at Arteta is that he likes experimenting. So there is a chance he decides to try using Auba and Pepe as defensive wide midfielders (what he basically did at the beginning of the past season) and Emile Smith Rowe as a false 9 (remember the Villarreal game).

The £50m signing Ben White pulls our creative strings from right centre-back as Xhaka and Partey continue exchanging sideways passes as they did last season. Oh, and Bellerin at right-back.

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🛡️ Lineup 2: Too many CBs? Not a problem!

Another thing Arsenal don't want to see next season is Arteta returning to a three-at-the-back shape.

But the impending signing of Ben White would result in overcrowding the centre-back department, and there is no better way to use extra central defenders than to play them in a three-at-the back.

Maitland-Niles could then stay to play at right wing-back as we pair Partey with Chambers.

And worst of all, the departure of Maty Ryan means we're an injury or suspension away from playing Runarsson.

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But if you think it can't get worse than this, you're wrong. What follows is scarier than any horror movie you've seen. Consider yourself warned.

🐑 Option 3: Worse than 2007–08 Derby County

First of all, forgotten man Sead Kolasinac could be drafted if Tierney is taken down.

We're quite short-staffed in midfield now too, so a midfield pair of Maitland-Niles–Mo Elneny is also possible if we ship out Xhaka and Partey gets red-carded or injured.

But even that is not the worst. Enter Willian Borges!

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This monster of a football team would go down to the Championship. And deservedly so.

We obviously hope these lineups won't become real—but they paint a clear picture of how much work Arsenal have to do in the transfer market.