The season’s curtain raiser takes place this weekend at Wembley as FA Cup winners Arsenal face Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield. We take a look at a possible dream team.
Despite a difficult start to last season, Hart remains one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and gets the nod ahead of Wojciech Szczesny.
The most consistent full back in the Premier League, the Argentine walks onto this team. Ironically his closest Arsenal challenger Bacary Sagna has now joined the City ranks.
Quick, strong and comfortable playing the ball out of defence, Koscienly is a great example of the modern day centre half. Last year was easily his best in an Arsenal shirt.
The City skipper has proven himself as a world class defender and his aggression, combative style and leadership qualities would complement Koscielny at the heart of the defence.
The new Arsenal man just about nudges ahead of Aleksander Kolarov and Gael Clichy for his all-round game, with City boss Manuel Pellegrini often chopping and changing the two left-backs. The Frenchman has gone from strength to strength since he first burst onto the scene at Euro 2012 aged 27 and his form earned him a move to Arsenal.
Question marks will remain over his final option on the ball – Chris Waddle famously labelled Walcott as ‘brainless’ – but his true value is revealed when absent from the Arsenal team.
Causes concerns for opposition defence with his direct running and is one of the few sources of pace in the Gunner’s midfield. The Englishman just about nudges his way in ahead of Jesus Navas and James Milner for his greater goal scoring threat.
Unlikely to be many arguments over this selection. He may get upset over people forgetting his birthday, but the Ivory Coast international is one of the most powerful, eye-catching and effective players in the Premier League.
The Welshman put injury problems behind him to put in some outstanding performances for the Gunners last term. Ramsey scored 10 goals and made a further eight assists in his 20 starts in an Arsenal shirt last term, making him become one of the most important players at the club. The 23-year old has done well to make it on this team with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Fernandinho missing out, but if he can avoid injury Arsenal will reap the benefits of the former Cardiff City player.
The Spaniard will be raring to go this season after a horrible World Cup. Silva is an extremely gifted player who can open any team up with his amazing vision and passing.
A real jewel in the City crown.
The Argentine striker was prolific for Man city last season with 17 goals in 20 starts despite niggling injury problems. He has proven time and time again to be a clinical striker and in a squad full of stars is an undoubted match-winner.
The new man at the Emirates, Sanchez has the potential to become the star of the Premier League this season after a very strong World Cup.
Last week’s man-of-the-match debut in the pre-season encounter with Monaco will have pleased Arsenal supporters and all eyes will be on him at Wembley as the most expensive signing of the summer thus far.