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Reviewing Arsenal’s Players in the Team of the Season

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Appearing in the Team of the Season is a just reward for being an epitome of consistency for the entirety of a campaign, as each player competes against 19 other counterparts in a specific position on the pitch. Arsenal had gone beyond expectations this season to challenge for the Premier League, when all the fans had hoped for was just to return to Champions League contention, but a series of bad results in the business end of the campaign, proved costly for Mikel Arteta and his team, but some players within the squad have been recognized for their outstanding qualities in the cost of the season. 

Shown below is the Team of the Season XI, featuring four Arsenal players.

Ramsdale; Trippier – Saliba – Dias – Zinchenko; Casemiro – de Bruyne – Odegaard; Salah – Haaland – Rashford

Congratulations to the four lads that have rightly earned a place in the Premier League team of the season, and I’d like to take a closer look at their performances in the Premier League this season.

Aaron Ramsdale

Key Stats: 

Games Played – 34

Clean Sheets – 12 

Goals Conceded – 39

Saves Made – 85

Ramsdale has been an ever-present for Arsenal this season, making the No. 1 jersey his for keeps after ousting Bernd Leno from the team and taking his jersey number after he departed to Fulham. This season, Ramsdale has been uber-consistent for the Gunners making critical saves with each passing game.

He will want to forget his error against Southampton, but we can all agree that there was no goalie deserving of the award this season. The only mystery remains whether Gareth Southgate will do the needful when the time arrives. 

William Saliba

Key Stats: 

Games Played – 27

Clean Sheets – 12

Discipline – Four Yellow Cards

Attacking Output – Two goals, One Assist

Tackles Per Game: 1.3

Interceptions Per Game: 0.7

Aerial Duels Won Per Game: 2.0

Clearances Per Game: 3.0

Dribbled Past Per Game: 0.1

Blocks Made Per Game: 0.4

Average Passes Per Game: 69

Long Balls Per Game: 2.4

Key Passes Per Game: 0.2

Pass Completion Percentage: 91%

William Saliba finally came of age this season following his loan stints at St. Etienne, OGC Nice and Olympique Marseille, shunting Ben White to the right back position and forging a telepathic understanding with Gabriel. His outstanding performances in just 27 games played showed how important he has become to this Arsenal side, so important that Arsenal hasn’t kept a clean sheet since Saliba’s last league appearance against Fulham in Craven Cottage. 

In Saliba’s absence, the Arsenal defense has fallen apart like dominoes and it proved costly with the Gunners dropping points in critical games, while their fellow title challengers, Man City, closed the gap and eventually went ahead.

We are unlikely to see Saliba in action again this season due to his recurring back injury, and I can only hope he comes back strong next season, as well as the Gunners getting better backup in his prolonged absence.

Oleksandr Zinchenko

Key Stats: 

Games Played – 25 (one substitute app)

Clean Sheets – 9

Discipline – Three Yellow Cards

Attacking Output – One goal, Two Assists

Shots Per Game: 1.1

Tackles Per Game: 1.5

Interceptions Per Game: 0.8

Aerial Duels Won Per Game: 1.8

Clearances Per Game: 1.1

Dribbled Past Per Game: 0.7

Blocks Made Per Game: 0.1

Average Passes Per Game: 64.5

Long Balls Per Game: 2.4

Key Passes Per Game: 0.7

Through Balls Per Game: 0.1

Pass Completion Percentage: 87.7%

I remember how excited I was when Arsenal was linked with a move for Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez, but he chose to join his former manager, Erik Ten Hag, at Manchester United, forcing Arsenal to go for their backup option, Oleksandr Zinchenko.

In all honesty, I wasn’t overly excited with the move, as Zinchenko wasn’t a regular at Man City, even though I caught glimpses of his quality in his Man City days. However, watching Zinchenko play for Arsenal, and seeing how he revolutionized our attacking play with him doubling up as a central midfielder and left back, I fell straight in love. The arrival of Zinchenko galvanized Granit Xhaka, giving him a new lease of life and honing his attacking output that became beneficial to the team.

Defensively, Zinchenko has been caught out a couple of times, but he offers a lot more to the side, which includes leadership, as he has visibly rallied the lads in hurdles, barking motivational words when the chips are down.  

Martin Odegaard

Key Stats: 

Games Played – 33

Man of the Match Awards – 9

Discipline – Four Yellow Cards

Attacking Output – 14 goals, Seven Assists

Shots Per Game: 2.6

Dribbles Made Per Game: 1.3

Aerial Duels Won Per Game: 0.4

Average Passes Per Game: 45.7

Long Balls Per Game: 1.6

Key Passes Per Game: 2.1

Through Balls Per Game: 0.3

Pass Completion Percentage: 84.4%

Martin Odegaard has been a phenomenon this season, raising the mantle of his captaincy and leading the team on the pitch where it matters the most. He has also turned up with many important goals that won games for the team when others couldn’t come through. 

He won the Player of the Year award in the London Awards and it was much deserved. It’s good to see him getting recognized for what has been a downright outstanding season for him.

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2014/15 Arsenal End-of-Season Awards

The nominations were published yesterday and you, my esteemed readers, made your votes count. It’s time to see how those votes were reflected as Gooner Daily brings the 2014/15 Arsenal End-of-Season awards.

 

SAVE OF THE SEASON

David Ospina’s save against Yannick Bolasie (44.34% of the votes): The skillful winger broke through from the left and blasted a shot that almost beat Ospina on his near post but the Colombian goalie made an unorthodox save to spare his blushes from conceding from such an awkward angle.

Runner Up: Ospina’s save against Moussa Sissoko (40.57% of the votes)

Second Runner Up: Szczesny’s save against Ciaran Clark (15.09% of the votes)

 

GOAL OF THE SEASON

Aaron Ramsey against Galatasaray (49.18% of the votes): The Welsh wizard used his weaker left foot to fire a surface-to-goal missile that sent Arsenal fans into raptures. Szczesny’s reaction to the goal told the whole story.

Runner Up: Alexis Sanchez goal against Aston Villa in the FA Cup final (48.36% of the votes)

Second Runner Up: Olivier Giroud’s goal against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fifth round (2.46% of the votes)

 

MATCH OF THE SEASON

Manchester United 1 Arsenal 2 in the FA Cup Quarterfinal (42.61% of the votes): Arsenal went into this game with a very shambolic record against the Red Devils at Old Trafford. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s good work paved the way for Nacho Monreal to open the scoring but Wayne Rooney equalized. Danny Welbeck scored the goal that leveled the contest and sent the Gunners to FA Cup semis.

Runner Up: Manchester City 0 Arsenal 2 (33.91% of the votes)

Second Runner Up: Aston Villa 0 Arsenal 4 (23.48% of the votes)

 

WORST MATCH OF THE SEASON

Arsenal 1 Monaco 3 in the Champions League Knockout Round (87.39% of the votes): After season of getting knocked out by Bayern Munich and Barcelona, the Gunners finally had a chance to face a supposedly ‘weaker opponent’. What we witnessed at the Emirates was an utter disgrace and the Gunners got what they deserved – elimination from the tournament.

Runner Up: Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1 (9.91% of the votes)

Second Runner Up: Chelsea 2 Arsenal 0 (2.7% of the votes)

 

MOST DISAPPOINTING DRAW OF THE SEASON

Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0 (47.66% of the votes): For a team that was scoring for fun, the goals dried up for Arsenal in their previous home games against Chelsea and Swansea. A trio of successive failure to score at the Emirates arrived in the draw with Sunderland.

Costel Pantilimon put up a MoTM performance

Runner Up: Arsenal 2 Hull 2 (36.45% of the votes)

Second Runner Up: Leicester 1 Arsenal 1 (15.89% of the votes)

 

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE SEASON

Francis Coquelin (67.5% of the votes): The Coq Block was an immense addition to the team and his performances on the pitch were exemplary. Let’s hope he builds on this next season.

A Coquelin tackle – Something we got accustomed to seeing in 2015

 

Runner Up: Nacho Monreal (20% of the votes)

Second Runner Up: Hector Bellerin (12.5% of the votes)

 

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER OF THE SEASON

Lukas Podolski (39.64% of the votes): Podolski featured sparingly for the team and was rightly shipped out on loan to Inter in January. One goal in 14 games for Inter was proof that Wenger was right to let him go. It’s gonna be hard to see him remaining at the club this summer.

One of his finer moments this season

Runner Up: Joel Campbell (34.23 of the votes)

Second Runner Up: Yaya Sanogo (26.13% of the votes)

 

YOUNGSTER OF THE SEASON

Hector Bellerin (100% of the votes): The decision was unanimous from the voters that Bellerin was undoubtedly the youngster of the season. He had the harshest of debuts away at Dortmund but he made his mark on this season and it’s interesting to see how Wenger would manage the return of Carl Jenkinson.

Young Hector was great this season

 

Runner Ups: Calum Chambers and Damian Martinez (0% of the votes)

 

UNSUNG HERO OF THE SEASON

Santi Cazorla (49.57% of the votes): This season Santi Cazorla was taken away from the spotlight but his performances were downright consistent throughout the campaign. With Mikel Arteta unavailable for selection due to his injury woes, Cazorla became Arsenal’s spot kick taker and he never missed any.

Mr. Consistency

Runner Up: Nacho Monreal (28.7% of the votes)

Second Runner Up: Mesut Ozil (21.73 of the votes)

 

BEST MOMENT OF THE SEASON

Retaining the FA Cup (89.72% of the votes): The FA Cup defending champions battled hard to retain their trophy and they did it with some style.

Wenger has won six FA Cups. What a legend!

Runner Up: Theo Walcott’s long-awaited return from injury (5.61% of the votes)

Second Runner Up: Alexis Sanchez maiden goal for Arsenal (4.67% of the votes)

 

SIGNING OF THE SEASON

Alexis Sanchez (99.12% of the votes): I actually thought Alexis Sanchez would get 100% of the votes, but there was a reader that placed one vote for Mathieu Debuchy. How do I have a feeling it wasn’t Debuchy himself that placed the vote?

25 goals in his debut campaign. What a signing!

Runner Up: Mathieu Debuchy (0.88% of the votes)

Second Runners Up: David Ospina, Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck (0% of the votes)

 

BREAKTHROUGH STAR OF THE SEASON

Francis Coquelin (71.17% of the votes): Since breaking into the scene in the tail end of 2014, Coquelin has never looked back and he put up consistent performances in the middle of the park. A breakthrough campaign for the Coq.

Runner Up: Hector Bellerin (28.83% of the votes)

Second Runner Up: Damian Martinez (0% of the votes)

 

BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE SEASON

Alexis Sanchez – two goals and one assist against Stoke (48.11% of the votes): Sanchez turned up a notch in the home fixture to Stoke, scoring from a tight angle as well as a free kick that crept past Asmir Begovic. He also swung in a cross that was nodded home by Koscielny.

Runner Up: Theo Walcott hat-trick against West Brom (27.36% of the votes)

Second Runner Up: Danny Welbeck hat-trick against Galatasaray (16.04% of the votes)

Third Runner Up: Olivier Giroud brace against Newcastle (8.49% of the votes)

 

PLAYER OF THE SEASON

Alexis Sanchez (85.47% of the votes): Sanchez was an outstanding performer for the Gunners all season long. Perfect candidate for the Player of the Season award.

Runner Up: Santi Cazorla (8.55% of the votes)

Second Runner Up: Laurent Koscielny (3.42% of the votes)

Third Runner Up: Francis Coquelin (2.56% of the votes)

 

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Nominations for the 2014/15 End-of-Season Awards

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With the 2014/15 season review already published, it’s time to relive those moments that stood out from the rest in yet another roller-coaster campaign.

I’ve created fourteen categories for the voting sequence (polls) and I’ll be grateful if you select the category that best suits you then place your vote.

Enjoy!

Category One: Save of the Season

This season, Arsenal fielded Wojciech Szczesny for a large chunk of the campaign in the Premier League before his shortcomings against Southampton on New Year’s Day saw him lose his place to David Ospina. While the Colombian played all the league games in 2015, Szczesny featured in the domestic cup games. Damian Martinez had a brief run-out when the senior goalies got injured.

The nominated saves of the season include – Szczesny’s superb save against Ciaran Clark in the win over Aston Villa, Ospina’s unorthodox save against Yannick Bolasie in the win against Crystal Palace and Ospina’s point-blank save from Moussa Sissoko in the win over Newcastle.

Category Two: Goal of the Season

As expected from an attacking side like Arsenal, the goals have rained in this season but there have been some that have stood out from the rest. Here’s my pick of the bunch – Alexis Sanchez’ screamer in the FA Cup final against Aston Villa, Aaron Ramsey’s incredible left-footed volley against Galatasaray and Giroud’s one-timed volley against Middlesbrough.

Category Three: Match of the Season

Arsenal fans watch their darling team play week in week out but there will always be some games that would last forever in the minds of the supporters. This season, my pick is – Arsenal’s FA Cup victory over Manchester United, Arsenal’s away win over Manchester City and Arsenal’s FA Cup victory over Aston Villa.

Category Four: Worst Match of the Season

While there were games that filled the fans with fits of euphoria, there were other games we couldn’t wait to see the back of. This season, Arsenal has had a plethora of disappointing results but I had to sift from a host of them before concluding with – the away loss to Chelsea, the North London Derby loss to Tottenham and the disappointing home defeat to Monaco.

Category Five: Most Disappointing Draw of the Season

Sometimes, it’s saddening to know that the difference between one point and three is just one goal but there were games when the Gunners failed to get that telling goal that would settle the game. My pick for the most disappointing draw of the season are Arsenal’s toothless performance against Sunderland, the sad spoils that were shared when the Gunners hosted Hull and the lukewarm performance against Leicester.

Category Six: Most Improved Player of the Season

This season, many players stepped up the plate to put up much-improved performances in contrast to how they played last season. Many players improved in all ramifications but my pick of the bunch was Nacho Monreal’s performances all season long, the energetic Hector Bellerin and the midfield general, Francis Coquelin.

Category Seven: Most Disappointing Player of the Season

While many players did really well for the team in the course of the campaign, there were some players that offered little to the club and were rather disappointing when they featured. This unwanted award has the following nominees – Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell.

Category Eight: Youngster of the Season

As we all know, Arsenal is a club that gives chances to youngsters and there were some that took their opportunities with both hands when it arrived. My pick for the youngsters of the season are Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers and Damian Martinez.

Category Nine: Unsung Hero of the Season

While it was evident that there were some players that took the spotlight for their performances, there were other players that weren’t really recognized on the pitch for their effortless work in making the team tick. Gooner Daily has recognized the efforts of Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil.

Category Ten: Best Moment of the Season

This season, there have been several iconic moments but nothing stands out more than watching retaining the FA Cup, watching Alexis Sanchez score his first goal and Theo Walcott’s long-awaited return from injury.

Category Eleven: Signing of the Season

This category offers the readers to vote for their signing of the season. This includes Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Matt Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina.

Category Twelve: Breakthrough Star of the Season

This goes to that player that emerged from the shadows to make his mark on the campaign. The nominees are hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin and Damian Martinez.

Category Thirteen: Best Individual Performance of the Season

Here, one player is recognized for his moment of sheet individual brilliance and I can look no further than Alexis Sanchez performance against Stoke, Theo Walcott’s scintillating hat-trick against West Brom, Danny Welbeck’s One-Man show against Galatasaray and Olivier Giroud’s outing against Newcastle.

Category Fourteen: Player of the Season

Finally, this is the award that goes out to the best player in the 2014/15 season. All players gave their all to the Gunner’s cause but these individuals stepped up the plate and endeared themselves to the hearts of Arsenal fans. May I present – Alexis Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla.

Make your votes count!

The results will be published in tomorrow’s post.

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