Arsenal are a very unstable side over a season. They grounded now champions into dust at their best and can make non-league teams seem like Premier League rivals at their worst. With a lot of worst moments happening since around January and talk of players leaving the club for (so-called) greener pastures I’ve decided to think on the future.
So this is my future Arsenal XI in 5 years from players already at the club.
In goal is the highly thought of Joao Virginia. Virginia is a Portugal U-17 international and brought in by Arsenal at the start of the 2015/16 season from Benfica’s famed academy. He has featured mainly for the U18’s but has impressed whilst there with highlights being 3 penalty saves vs Anderlecht on the way to winning the Future Cup and being called up at 16 to the Portuguese Olympic Squad. Joao will be 22 years old in 5 years but looks to have the talent to potentially be a first team keeper by then.
The Back 3 would perhaps be the most exciting part the team with true WC talent in 5 years that will only get better. My predicted 3 would be Holding, Mustafi and Chambers who would be 26, 29 and 27 respectively in 5 years. We all can see how good Holding will be in the future with a ridiculous amount of composure, physicality when required and excellent in one on ones. he comes across as a Thiago Silva-type rather than a David Luiz. Chambers is a man forgotten by fans but like Holding was considered an England starter of the future and for good reason. Chambers is a solid Centre Back who has proven his worth at Middlesborough and formed a formidable defence with Gibson who have conceded very few goals together. Chambers’ impact is most clearly seen when he was injured and Middlesborough’s defence crumbled in his absence. A quick and technical centre back who’s right back experience will make him the perfect RCB. Though Krystian Bielik will be a top player someday the idea of a ‘peak of his powers’ Mustafi at the heart of the back 3 is too hard to ignore. A excellent ball playing centre back with a commanding manner he defines the ‘German Defender’ and will be Captain of this team sooner or later. A talkative player who likes to keep team mates in check as well as probably being the most talented player in the defence, Mustafi will be a star for Arsenal.
In the wingback positions I’ve gone with fan favourite Bellerin and soon to be Gunner Sead Kolasinac. Bellerin WILL be at Arsenal if they show a real drive to win as we are seeing now the start of what Sanchez is probably at the end of: that being a lack of patience in Arsenal’s mentality. Arsenal must show next season and the few after that they will challenge for titles not shuffle along behind the big boys. Bellerin’s pace down the line is vital in match and at 27 will hopefully have developed his crossing enough to be considered the best in the world at his position. Kolasinac is Arsenal bound according to Sky Sports and the Bosnian will bring his own style to our game. A steam train of a wingback, his physicality, surprising pace and aggressive defending will be a stark contrast to Bellerin. But with 3 goals and 5 assists and likely to be in the Bundesliga team of the season he may just as effective at the age of 28.
In midfield, I’ve got 3 men there as it suits Arsenal’s ball playing style better and so I’ve gone with Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Iwobi. Say what you want about Xhaka but he will be the hub of our midfield like Pirlo or Alonso and is best in a deep lying role for the future. The then 29 year old will have learned how to time his tackles and get rid of the rashness in this game in order to improve his all round skills. He will dictate the play, use his incredible passing range to create chances out of nothing and become the Captain of the midfield for this team. The Ox will be an undoubted England and Arsenal starter in midfield as he has all the skills to excel. Blistering acceleration coupled with technical ability and hard ‘box to box’ workrate and an eye for pass he will become a midfielder that will bring the game to the opposition. I had many choices for the last midfield place but I believe a 25 year old Iwobi will have forged a starting role. With the flair of his uncle, excellent close control and a physical presence he would excel in a 3 man midfield. He shows surprising composure but his decision-making and shooting have let him down these days so he can improve his game till he gets to 25. The star of Hale End, Iwobi’s success will be vital in inspiring youth in our academy to make the transition from starlet to star
In the attack we have 2 strikers whom we must develop to the fullest, as they both have the potential to be world class someday. These players are Eddie Nketiah and Donyell Malen and have a world of promise to them. Donyell was praised my Mino Riola as the next big thing and from who has the likes of Pogba, Lukaku and Zlatan in his contacts he would know what a big thing is. Donyell was playing in the U23 at the age of 16 and held down place their for a long time. The former Ajax player has scored 10 and assisted 6 over 35 appearances in positions from striker, to both wings, to No. 10 and likened to Alexis by a former Ajax scout his futur is bright. Now whilst Malen was tearing up the U23 a young former Chelsea school boy was filling in the for the Dutchman in his own effective way. Eddie is clinical. There’s no two ways about it but it was only realised in the 2016/16 season where he notched up a staggering 24 goals in 28 apperences in the U18. Likened to our own Henry with his pace and eye for goal he is most known for his positioning and ability to be at the right place and right time to score goals. Eddie and Donyell will both be 23 in 5 years and will be expected to deliver on their potential by then and perhaps top off a world class team maybe?