£46.5m star features in a 4-3-3 but no Pepe: How Arsenal’s XI could look with Partey – opinion

Arsenal got their man as they ended the summer transfer window with a bang.

They left it late, very late, but the Gunners finally paid out Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey’s £45m release clause on deadline day.

He joins Willian, Gabriel and the returning Dani Ceballos as Mikel Arteta’s major signings this window.

But how will the Arsenal boss fit his new 27-year-old enforcer into the starting XI? Here’s how the north Londoners could soon look…

predicted arsenal xi after thomas partey signing arteta - £46.5m star features in a 4-3-3 but no Pepe: How Arsenal's XI could look with Partey - opinion

Arteta has often toyed with two formations but the addition of a Patrick Vieira type allows him to deploy a 4-3-3 to greater effect.

It means that Bernd Leno continues as the number one goalkeeper whilst he’ll be protected by Kieran Tierney, Gabriel, David Luiz and Hector Bellerin in a back four.

The Ghanian powerhouse takes a place just in front as the Gunners’ new anchorman, which could in turn allow both Granit Xhaka and £28.8m-rated loanee Dani Ceballos some freedom in the attacking transition.

Without Mesut Ozil or the signing of Houssem Aouar, Arteta lacks an out-and-out number ten so the addition of Partey could be a game-changer for the Swiss and Spaniard duo.

On the wings, Willian may well get the nod over Nicolas Pepe with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang occupying the other flank.

£46.5m star Alexandre Lacazette remained at the club despite being linked with an exit, so he’ll lead the line for the Gunners.

It means there is no place for versatile 19-year-old Bukayo Saka, Mo Elneny or Eddie Nketiah, who all started against Sheffield United last time out.

AND in other news, Edu Gaspar heading towards inexcusable Arsenal mistake over £55m Arteta target “fans would love” …

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