Arsenal’s starting XI for Community Shield vs Liverpool

Goalkeeper will be a tough call as Bernd Leno returned to training before the FA Cup final and should be fit for the Community Shield.

Despite this, the form of Emi Martinez will warrant a starting place for him, alongside the fact he is much more composed with the ball at his feet.

William Saliba will come in for a debut in red and white. The 19-year-old will need patience in regards to expectations around him but of the current centre-backs available, there is no reason for him not to start. At Saint-Etienne, he demonstrated on multiple occasions he is ready to accept responsibility both with and without the ball which should serve well for the backline.

David Luiz will pair him as the more experienced head to continue his solid work from last season. On the ball he was the man to set the tone when building play.

He had freak moments in defence but proved he could be a stable option at the heart of the defence and will need to build on this in his second season at the club.

No surprises as Kieran Tierney should be in from the start. The Scot had a tough time with injuries last season but impressed on every outing and deservedly became one of the most popular players among fans for his on-field consistency and off-field personality.

Granit Xhaka will return to his ‘quarterback’ role in front of the defence, acting as the springboard for the attack as well as sweeping up in front of the back four when needed. His role has become more refined and instrumental at the same time.

Returning to Arsenal with the first team in dire need of a creative force, the time is now for Emile Smith Rowe to be blooded in as a regular. 4-3-3 is the desired shape for Arteta heading into the season with different variations expected but the 20-year-old will fit in whether or not a No.10. is in use.

Liverpool will of course serve as tough opposition but either as a No.8. in a 4-3-3 or a No.10. in a 4-2-3-1, Smith Rowe should be given the chance to start.

There may be shouts for Willian to make his debut at Wembley but considering he missed the closing weeks of the restart – which he was heavily involved in – giving him a few more weeks to recover may be better in the long run.

Instead, an opportunity will arise for Reiss Nelson to build on the positive momentum formed at the back-end of last season and prove he is ready to compete for a starting spot over the course of the season.

Rested heavily at the back-end of the restart, Bukayo Saka should be reinstated at left wing.

The 18-year-old’s versatility has proven incredibly valuable to Arteta but playing him in front of Tierney is a prospect that should strengthen Arsenal even more going down the left.

With rotation likely to be heavy, Eddie Nketiah may be in for a start but as there’s silverware on the line, it’s only right for club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to move infield and lead the line.

Arsenal XI for Community Shield if no new signings: Martinez, Cedric, Saliba, Luiz, Tierney, Willock, Xhaka, Nelson, Smith Rowe, Saka, Aubameyang.