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Top five: Arsenal players of the season

Cazorla has been outstanding for Arsenal this season. (©GettyImages)
Cazorla has been outstanding for Arsenal this season. (©GettyImages).

Despite it being another trophy-less season for Arsenal, there has still been many positives from the 2012/13 campaign including some very impressive individual performances, so who do we consider as Arsenal's top five of the season?

After poor performances in all competitions, the Gunners are fighting hard to secure a top-four finish, which is something they have gotten used to over the last few seasons - but once again, there has been some great individual performances.

Last year Robin van Persie stole the show at the Emirates Stadium, but this year there have been several key players for the Gunners.

Here are the top five that have impressed the most, in no particular order:

Per Mertesacker

Last season was an absolute nightmare for German international Per Mertesacker as he struggled to settle into English football as it seemed the pace of the game was going to get the better of him. Constantly making errors and conceding sloppy goals was not what Arsenal fans wanted to see, but it finally appears that Mertesacker has settled into Premier League life.

Arsene Wenger has labelled him as his best centre-back and this season he has probably been the best out of the three main contenders. He is started to read the game a lot better and he is now starting to stay calm when under pressure and when receiving the ball. Hasn't made many errors in the campaign and is starting to look a good buy from Wenger.

Laurent Koscielny

When he first arrived at Arsenal, much like Mertesacker he struggled to adapt and put in many poor performances. He also cost Arsenal the League Cup after making an error in the last minute during the final, but that Koscielny is long gone now.

Last season he was sensation, putting in top-class performances against the likes of Barcelona and stealing the fan's hearts. Unfortunately an injury halted his progression this season, but in the last few months he has rediscovered his form and has looked like the player of last year once again.

The French centre-back has put together a great partnership with Mertesacker and together they have earned their way into the top five performers for Arsenal this season.

Theo Walcott

It has been his best season ever since joining Arsenal from Southampton and he seems to have finally lived up to his hype.

The top goalscorer for the Gunners with 19 goals - and also the top provider with 11 assists - has also been topped off by him signing a new three-year contract worth £100k-a-week.

Walcott seems to have finally grown in confidence and is all of a sudden coming into his element. More often gets his head down and runs now and also clinical in front of goal. It was a massive move from the Gunners by making him sign a new contract.

Mikel Arteta

For me this could be Arteta's last season as a regular first-team player, but it's been a solid season for the Spaniard. I personally believe a holding-midfielder will be signed in the summer and that might see Arteta drop to the bench as it looks Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla are nailed on as the attacking players.

Arteta has had to take up the holding role all season, something that is very new to the Spanish midfielder and he has adapted very well for the Gunners. His passing is second to none and his tackling statistics are also very impressive. He is the vice-captain of the club and a great player to have around the club helping out the youngsters when necessary.

Santi Cazorla

What a signing this guy has been for Arsenal. Brought in from Malaga for a fee estimated around £16m, Cazorla has been truly sensational for the London club.

Scoring goals from midfield and also providing many assists for the people around him, Cazorla finally looks like someone who could potentially replace Cesc Fabregas.

Small, nifty and just a technically amazing footballer, the Spaniard has stunned many pundits with his great performances all year and it takes a special talent to adapt to the Premier League straight away, but boy has Cazorla done it.

Player of the Season: Santi Cazorla

 

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