4-2-3-1: How Arsenal could line-up with major signing Saliba, Sokratis benched

Arsenal’s capture of William Saliba from Saint-Etienne has been described as a major coup for the Gunners.

The Gunners have reached personal terms and fee agreement for the player to seal a move but he’d be loaned back to his Ligue One outfit next season.

Unai Emery tinkered with the formation of Arsenal between a back three and a back four last season, but much of his decision was in a bid to find the best impenetrable pair.

For the most part of his spell as the manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger usually played with a back four, in a trademark system that sees them build up attack from the back.

Wenger also had several leaders in his side during his trophy-laden laden days on the reigns of the North London side.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are expected to sign other players barring Saliba but Emery’s focus this summer is to fix the leaky back-line of his team.

Arsenal had the third best goal scoring record in the league last season but conceded more goals than the likes of Wolves and Everton below on the table.

Althoug, Saliba will not be a part of Arsenal this season, he’d formed a strong pair with Holding next season.


Despite the amount of pressure always on Saint Etienne, Saliba had an average of  2.7 clearances, which shows his composure and ability to start an attack than ballooning the ball away.

This stats shows a huge difference between him and all the current Arsenal centre-backs, who like to make clearances also indicating that he enjoys playing against strikers. With Him, Arsenal are likely going to enjoy more possession.

We take a swipe at a possible line-up with his next season.