With Arsenal’s spending intensifying this summer, how would a team with Kolasinac, Mahrez and Lacazette look next season?
Arsenal have one signing confirmed, another on the verge of completion and a third potentially on its way. That could mean at least three changes to the Arsenal team and some interesting line-up possibilities.
The easiest player to integrate into the team would be Alexandre Lacazette. Bar a surprising change of position, he will be playing as a striker regardless of what formation Arsenal choose to line up in next season.
He played as a lone striker at Lyon last season and should be comfortable in the same role at Arsenal. Lacazette can also play in a partnership, potentially with Danny Welbeck or Olivier Giroud. If we’re really desperate, he could also play on the flank, allowing us to cram more forwards onto the pitch.
Sead Kolasinac is another easy fit but there are more possibilities. He is expected to play either left-back or left wing-back. He can, however, play centre-back, giving Arsenal the option of playing Oxlade-Chamberlain as a left wing-back as he did against Chelsea in the FA Cup final. It’d be an unorthodox move but might allow Arsenal an extra attacker on the pitch if they need one.
Mahrez is trickier. In a 4-2-3-1 he’d naturally play on the right hand side of the attack. In a 3-4-2-1, he’d play behind the striker but only if Alexis or Ozil aren’t there already. The former is an exciting scenario with three highly skilful and creative players lining up together. The latter is still good, but perhaps not as thrilling a prospect.