The January window is just around the corner, and it could prove to be a busy month both on and off the pitch at the Emirates.
Under pressure boss Unai Emery looks likely to be given until the new year to turn things around in north London after the Gunners’ woeful form.
Many thought the club would dismiss the Spaniard after the 2-0 defeat to Leicester City, however, recent reports have suggested that the club are willing to give the 48-year-old more time.
Meanwhile, on the pitch, first-team stars Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira have been linked with moves away, while multiple names have been tipped as potential incomings.
So, ahead of the busy period, we’ve decided to take a look at how the Gunners could line up following the January transfer window when they take on Burnley on February 1, with two possible arrivals and a new man in charge the key differences.
GK: Bernd Leno
The German has been linked with a move away recently, but we expect Leno to remain in north London.
RB: Hector Bellerin
Bellerin is Arsenal through and through, and following his return from injury, we expect to see him in the first-choice XI come February.
CB: Merih Demiral
The first new arrival is Turkish defender Demiral. The Juventus man has been heavily linked to swap Turin for London in the new year, and we’re backing the Gunners to pull off a move.
CB: David Luiz
Partnering the potential new signing is summer arrival, Luiz. His Premier League experience has been crucial so far this season.
LB: Kieran Tierney
Another summer signing, we can’t see anyone but Tierney starting at left-back for the Gunners.
CDM: Matteo Guendouzi
Guendouzi has been one of a few shining lights for Arsenal so far this season and looks certain to remain a regular in the second half of the camapign.
CDM: Thomas Partey
The second new face who could possibly be in the side is Partey. The Atletico Madrid man has been linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks, and a move could seriously gather pace should the Gunners cash in on Xhaka and Torreira.
CAM: Mesut Ozil
Ozil has been frozen out in the early stages of the season, but we think the German will still be at the club and starting for the Gunners come February.
RW: Nicolas Pepe
Club-record signing Pepe won’t be going anywhere and fans will be hoping he has a big part to play in the second half of the campaign.
ST: Alexandre Lacazette
Lacazette’s future is up in the air, but he’ll be doing all he can to push the Gunners on after the January window.
LW: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Manager: Mikel Arteta
It’s a bold shout, but we think that former Arsenal midfielder Arteta could take over from Unai Emery before January is out.
Emery has been given until the new year to change his fortunes around at the Emirates, but we can’t see him doing that.
Arteta is currently Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City, and we can see him making the move south to takeover from Emery.