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Rating Arsenal’s Performance in the Month of December

Gooner Daily Award Nominations for the Month of December

This exercise is usually done at the start of every month but a lot of activities in the Arsenal world ranging from countless transfer speculation to football games dominating the proceedings this month.

2012 hasn’t really started to well for Gooners so this exercise will make you relive those sweet and sour moments December as a month had to offer. As usual, I always select awards for eight categories and football fans and Gooners alike have made the effort worthwhile by engaging in the voting sequence.

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The month of December was a month of mixed results for Arsene Wenger and his team. The month saw the Gunners play six Premier League games and its last Champions League Group Stage encounter that was more or less a formality.

Arsenal began the month emphatically with a 4-0 drubbing of struggling Wigan Athletic. This was followed by a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Olympiakos with the low point being the ankle injury suffered by Andre Santos. Robin van Persie inspired a 1-0 win over Everton and this was followed by a spirited 1-0 loss to Manchester City.

Arsenal went back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa and a disappointing 1-1 draw with Wolves followed. However, the Gunners ended the month on a high with a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.

I’ve created eight categories for the voting sequence and I’ll be grateful if you select the category that best suits you then place your vote. Feel free to check out previous Gooner Daily awards in your spare time.

GOAL OF THE MONTH

Arsenal smashed in 10 goals in December but three strikes stood out from the rest. The nominated goals are Mikel Arteta’s long range belter against Wigan, Robin van Persie’s acrobatic finish against Everton and Yossi Benayoun’s technical volley against Olympiakos.

ASSIST OF THE MONTH

The 10 goals scored in December came through 10 assists from several players but as expected, three assists were worth reflecting over again.

The nominated assists are Alex Song’s chipped pass for Robin van Persie’s goal against Everton, Yossi Benayoun’s through ball that put Gervinho free off the last defender against Wolves and Andrey Arshavin’s through ball to van Persie for his goal against Queens Park Rangers.

MATCH OF THE MONTH

This category is certainly every Gooners favorite. There were three matches that gave the fans elation from the seven games played in December. The nominated matches are Arsenal’s 4-0 away victory over Wigan, Arsenal’s 1-0 home win against Everton and Arsenal’s late 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

WORST MATCH OF THE MONTH

In recent times, Arsenal fans have become accustomed to despair and frustration and December was no different. The club played seven games in the month of December but Arsene Wenger’s men were largely disappointing in three games.

The nominated games are Arsenal’s 1-3 Champions League loss to Olympiakos, Arsenal’s slender 1-0 loss to Manchester City and the disappointing 1-1 draw against Wolves.

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

With the seven games played in December, three Gunners hugely impressed with improved performances all month long. The nominated players are Francis Coquelin, Yossi Benayoun and Johan Djourou.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER

Despite the fact that December was a relatively good month for Arsene Wenger and his team, three players were below par throughout the month for reasons best known to them. The regular suspect Andrey Arshavin was nominated again but this time; he will be joined by Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH

This is the most prestigious award in these categories and it goes to the Gunner that was a standout performer in the month of December. The nominees are the colossus in defense Laurent Koscielny, the general in midfield Alex Song and the perpetual goal scoring machine of the first kind Robin van Persie.

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Thanks for being part of this exercise and I hope those sweet and sour moments of December we relived once again. January hasn’t started on a high but we can only be optimistic about what the future holds for Arsenal.

A club worth supporting.

Sayonara.