Midfield – Xhaka, Bissouma; Aouar, Odegaard, Smith-Rowe
Granit Xhaka showed his weaknesses at the weekend against Man City, with a rash lunge which resulted in a straight red card.
However, the Swiss midfielder has been key to Arteta’s plans and he could partner Yves Bissouma – should the Mali international join from Brighton.
Attacking midfield is an area Arteta has significantly strengthened over the summer.
Martin Odegaard joined the club on a permanent basis from Real Madrid – following a loan deal with the Gunners last season – and the Norwegian is expected to push his way into the first-team.
Smith-Rowe could be nudged out to the left side of an attacking three, while Houssem Aouar would a central figure, should he arrive from Lyon.