Recent news suggests that Leon Goretzka is heading to the Premier League. German legend Oliver Bierhoff let slip the player is off to England and this has led to much speculation. Having followed the situation of the player since last summer, we firmly believe he is heading to Arsenal.
With Mesut Ozil looking likely to leave Arsenal in the winter transfer window, Goretzka could well be his replacement at Arsenal. The Schalke 04 player is able to play the Ozil role, as well as a box-to-box midfielder, which means should Ozil decide to stay, they can play together in the same system.
Aside from Goretzka, Julian Draxler has today been linked with a move to the Emirates. The Paris Saint-Germain player is not getting enough playing time in the French capital and could be open to leaving. Arsenal are said to be working on a loan deal for the player ahead of the January transfer window.
While Goretzka will be Ozil’s replacement, Julian Draxler could be joining to replace Sanchez. Below is how we believe Arsenal will line up should both players sign for the club.
Petr Cech is the the undisputed number one at the club and will continue to be until the end of the season at least unless Arsene Wenger signs someone better, which we believe is unlikely. Arsenal are most certainly going to continue with the 3-4-2-1 formation for a while. We believe the trio of Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal will be the three centre-backs. This is unlikely to change unless one of the aforementioned players suffers an injury.
Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin would be the two wingbacks. Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey would most likely continue to play as the two central midfielders.
And this is where it gets interesting. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez currently play behind Alexandre Lacazette in the current Arsenal system. With both likely to leave, we expect Leon Goretzka to replace Ozil on the right side of attack and Julian Draxler on the left, replacing Sanchez.