Arsenal: Five best players in current squad

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With 14 matches left of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign, Arsenal find themselves in pole position.

Whether they hold or not will depend on their star players and how they perform in the matches between now and May.

But who are the best players in Arsenal's current squad?

5. Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey wouldn't have made this top five list this time last year, but the dramatic improvement he has made over the last six months cannot be ignored.

The 23-year-old was a much-maligned figure at the Emirates Stadium for years - but he has been one of the Gunners' heroes this season, scoring 13 goals in 27 matches.

Ramsey's confidence boost has transformed him as a player, while his critics have all but disappeared.

4. Theo Walcott

Arsenal always look more dangerous with Theo Walcott on the pitch.

The 24-year-old is equipped with breathtaking pace, while his composure has improved massively over the last 18 months or so.

Last season he scored 21 goals in 43 matches - a tremendous return for a player who predominantly plays from the right wing.

It's safe to say that signing him to a new long-term contract last January was a great bit of business by Arsenal.

3. Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere is still developing as a footballer - and there's no reason why he can't become one of the world's very best central midfielders.

The 22-year-old England international has added more goals to his game this season - having scored five goals in 26 appearances so far - and is becoming an increasingly talismanic figure for the Gunners.

2. Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla is surely one of the Premier League's most underrated players.

Few players in the league can match the 29-year-old Spaniard in terms of technical ability; Cazorla, playing off either his right foot or his left, makes the game look easy.

The attacking midfielder scored 12 goals in all competitions last season - and, having scored six goals this term, it would be surprising if he doesn't at least match that tally.

1. Mesut Ozil

While Arsenal fans haven't yet seen the very best of Mesut Ozil, the German playmaker has provided enough glimpses of his brilliance since his £42.4m move from Real Madrid to assure the Gunners' faithful that they have signed a world-class player.

We probably won't see Ozil at his absolute best in the Premier League until next season, once he's had a full campaign and a pre-season under his belt with the north London outfit.

Nevertheless, it cannot be argued that Ozil's mere presence has lifted everyone at the Emirates Stadium. And in terms of pure talent, the former Real Madrid star is certainly Arsenal's best player.

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