The Gunners are having to hold off strong interest from Aston Villa for Emile Smith Rowe after his breakthrough season.
And Arteta can show his faith in the playmaker by making him the club’s main creative fulcrum.
Attack – Aubameyang, Lacazette, Saka
Alexandre Lacazette is entering the final year of his contract and is facing an uncertain future at the Emirates.
But he could still be Arteta’s main forward if the club fails to secure a striker signing such as Tammy Abraham.
Meanwhile, at just 19, Bukayo Saka is one of the first names on the team sheet after hugely impressive showings last season and at the Euros with England.
Potential Arsenal line-up (4-2-3-1): Leno, Tierney, Gabriel, White, Chambers; Lokonga, Partey, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang, Saka, Lacazette