You can feel the disappointment from most Arsenal fans that we didn’t win this years Premier League title, but there is no doubt that there has been many highs and lows over the campaign. There has also been some extremely entertaining games, Olympiakos away anyone? Or Man United at home?, and some desperately depressing for everyone concerned, for me the home defeat to Swansea reserves stands out head and shoulders above the rest.
So as we face our final game it is time to get your votes in for this years Player-of-the-Season. Mesut Ozil looked like he would win it by a country mile a few months ago, but he has failed to continue and is highly unlikely now to break Thierry Henry’s assist record. Alexis Sanchez was last year’s winner, but he had a break from injury and didn’t seem to come back to his old form on his return. Giroud is our top scorer, but after his three-month drought I doubt very much he will be many fans choice, and Walcott….
Arsene Wenger thinks that maybe we should consider some of the less obvious players that are not in the attacking line-up. He said: “First of all, you want to say the players who played most of the games deserve big credit,” said the manager. “Our defenders have played many games – Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny and Monreal have all played many games.
“It is always the [defensive players] that are underrated because you don’t talk too much about Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny or Aaron Ramsey. The players who are more in the light of media are the more offensive players.
“But what is on my mind,” added Wenger, “is that the team has behaved remarkably well because we had some difficult periods and we always recovered. We always responded when people expected us to collapse.
“When you look around you, you say that some teams drop in the Premier League because they could not do that. What I keep in mind, is that the group of players have been remarkably strong and remarkably united and that for me is the most important.”
So Wenger will probably pick “team spirit” or “cohesion”, but seriously, who would you choose?