With the Premier League drawing to a close it is time to consider the end of season awards.
Player of the year
Player of the season should be between Mertesacker and Koscielny. There’s not much difference between them but for me it has to go to Per Mertesacker. He has been ever present and contributed to the great defensive work Arsenal have done this year.
Mertesacker scored the crucial goal in the FA cup semi-final atoning for his error when conceding the penalty. Furthermore, he has become a real leader and has the potential to become a legend at this football club.
Most improved player
Most improved player can only go to one player and that is Aaron Ramsey. For me Ramsey would have won player of the year if he had stayed fit all season but he is definitely the most improved.
Ramsey is now integral to the midfield which you wouldn’t have said last year. Ramsey has improved vastly and provides that penetration in the final third as well as adding composure in front of goal. This has been reflected in his stats this year - in 24(4) appearances he has scored 11 goals and has contributed 9 assists.
Youngster of the year
Serge Gnabry has improved as well this year and looks a special talent. Although he is yet to find consistency to his game he played a part in Palace away winning the penalty but more importantly was brilliant against Spurs in the FA cup.
Gnabry has so much potential and was talked about going to the world cup with Germany. If Gnabry can keep his feet on the ground he can have a successful career at Arsenal.
This award goes to Mathieu Flamini. He often slips under the radar however; he has been an astute signing. When Wenger signed his them were many people questioning the deal although now it looks like an absolute steal. Not afraid to put his foot in and do the dirty work he has contributed to the defensive work and has been that leader in the middle dragging people into position, not to mention he likes a yellow card.
Goal of the season
There have been plenty of goals this year however; there is only one stand out that was Wilshere’s against Norwich. This was a lovely move with one touch football and was the perfect Arsenal goal after starting the move in his own half he calmly placed the finish past Ruddy.
Game of the year
This is a hard one to choose as you could argue all 3 of the wins over Spurs were brilliant but performances against Liverpool at home, Dortmund away and Napoli at home have also matched that.
However, Dortmund away for me was outstanding because of a number of reasons. Arsenal were expected to lose but showed character and fight to defend most of the game but then score the crucial goal. This has been one of the better away performances against a top side this season.
There is only one moment which you can pick and that is the signing of Mesut Ӧzil on deadline day in the summer. After a frustrating summer Arsenal delivered on the final day of the transfer window. Arsenal annihilated their transfer record by spending £42.5 million. This is a step in the right direction as we signed one of the world’s most talented players.