We are all very aware that Arsenal have had a rather impressive 2015. As a team, they have accumulated more Premier League points (81 from 38 games) than any other side and, in May, bagged their record-breaking 12th FA Cup trophy.
Needless to say, there have been some standout performers for Arsene Wenger's men in this time of plenty. Alexis Sanchez has, at times, been unplayable. His rocket in the FA Cup final against Aston Villa was a particular highlight, while his thunderbolt against Manchester United will certainly live long in the memory.
As good a Sanchez has been, Mesut Ozil has definitely been better. The German has accumulated 16 assists in just 18 Premier League games this season and scored a further three.
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Arsenal have scored 33 goals in the league this season, meaning Ozil has been directly involved in 58% of them. He's surely a shoe-in for the PFA Player of the Year award on current form.
But for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the man who has made the biggest impression in the dressing room is not Ozil or Sanchez, but the scrappy underdog that is Mathieu Flamini.
That's right. The 31-year-old Frenchman, who was told he was free to leave the Emirates in the summer, has been the most influential man for Oxlade-Chamberlain. It seems baffling, but the young England international offered us a detailed explanation as to why he chose the midfielder.
He's smashed it, apparently
Here's what he told Goal:
"It's got to be Mathieu Flamini with everything that's going on around him.
"He's just smashed it. Who knows what he's up to but if you look over the archives I've always said Mathieu Flamini is taking over the world from within the Arsenal dressing room.
"He's proven me right and his two goals against Spurs were unbelievable and that was a great moment to be a part of.
"For him to score two goals in the derby when he was our holding midfielder that night was amazing. I don't know what he was doing up there for the first goal and the volley was just a great goal.
"Every time he's been asked to come on he's done a great job for us being the quality player he is. And all that stuff with his business is unbelievable so Flam is the man of the year for me."
If Arsenal are to win the title, Flamini will need to have an impressive 2016 as well. The midfielder looks set to play a key role in the side until Francis Coquelin returns from a knee injury in early spring.
With the Gunners currently fighting for their first title since 2004, Flamini will be charged with protecting the back four when they undertake a mean set of fixtures in the new year.
By the time the first week of March ends, they will have travelled to Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham and hosted Chelsea and Barcelona. We know Flamini is good but is he really that good?
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