Arsenal FC: Picking a Starting XI to Include Mertesacker, Santos and Arteta

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Arsenal FC: Picking a Starting XI to Include Mertesacker, Santos and Arteta
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Arsenal suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in the history of the club against Manchester United, and with the Gunners losing some important players in the summer, it was imperative that Arsene Wenger bring in some players who could lift the morale of the team.

The Gunners had been linked with a number of players in the transfer market and at the end of the transfer deadline, they had made as many as nine signings though 19-year-old Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell has already been sent on loan.

Though many have termed some of the transfers as panic-buys following the embarrassment at Old Trafford, it was essential that Wenger add depth to the team and the new signings could prove to have an important role in the near future. It is not often that the long serving French tactician makes numerous signings on deadline day but it was necessary that they bring in quality players. At the end of the transfer window, it does look like they do have a decent squad challenging for the top four places at the least.

With only three games played in the season, it is still very early in the season and it is imperative that the Gunners put behind the game against United and concentrate only on the future. Also, the addition of experienced players will certainly improve the mental strength of the team and they could still turn around this season. This article is on my predictions for the starting 11 for the Gunners for this season though there could be further additions in the January transfer window. 

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