Arsenal wrapped up the services of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United last night after they sealed a straight-exchange deal with their rivals involving contract rebel Alexis Sanchez.
The north London side are now stepping up their pursuit to sign Mkhitaryan’s ex-teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, and we look how they could line-up under Arsene Wenger this term.
Wenger has rarely adopted the two-striker partnership over the past decade, but that looks the best way going forward, if he is to opt for both Alexandre Lacazette and Aubameyang at the same time.
With this in regard, we are going for a 4-2-2-2 formation with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil playing behind the strike force, whilst Jack Wilshere may slot into a more central midfield role.
Arsenal XI with Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan:
Meanwhile, the Gunners look a lot more comfortable with Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny at the heart of the defence, and we are fancying Nacho Monreal to keep his place at left-back after his recent showing versus Crystal Palace.
Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan were dubbed as a deadly attack combination during their time together with BvB, but we may not see the duo partner each in the Cup competitions this term.
Whilst Mkhitaryan is ineligible to feature in the League Cup owing to his participation for United previously, a similar condition lies with Aubameyang, who is registered as a Europa League player automatically due to Dortmund’s involvement in the competition.
Despite this, the pair could yet play an influential role in the club’s quest for a top-four position, the last of which is occupied by Liverpool, who are just five points ahead after a shock 1-0 loss at Swansea City.
Here is the expected line-up:
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