Arsenal's five best players in 2015/16

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The less said about 2015/16 the better from an Arsenal perspective. In 2015, hope was high, star players were coming to the forefront and the possibility of a title challenge was a very real prospect.

In 2016, the normal dark cloud of negativity and inconsistency descended over the Emirates, leaving the club languishing in their most common habitat - fourth place.

However, despite the season being almost a tale of two contrasting years some players have still left a very positive mark on the campaign. Here are my top five Arsenal players of the season in order.


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5. Mohammed Elneny

Now this inclusion at the start of the list may seem a bit odd seeing as the Egyptian international only arrived in January, but Elneny's adaptation to the harsh Premier League environment in a team not performing to its usual standard has been pretty impressive.

The midfielder has produced some outstanding displays, most notably in the away leg against Barcelona and also coping with being thrust into a North London derby for his first league start.

A competent passer, bundles of energy, sensible positioning and defensive discipline have really helped relieve Arsenal's midfield crisis, which around February time was descending into the realms of chaos.

A very astute piece of business and the 23-year-old could have a very important role to play at Arsenal in years to come.

4. Petr Cech

The former Chelsea shot-stopper was seen as a beacon of hope for the Gunners upon his arrival in the summer. Sadly, the Czech goalkeeper has not been able to aid in winning honours at the Emirates just yet, but he has enjoyed a very impressive debut campaign in North London.

Some heroic performances have really benefitted Arsenal over the course of the season, none more so than in the 2-0 win over Bayern Munich. His point-blank save from Robert Lewandowski in that match a contender for one of the saves of the season.

A few clangers have crept into his game this season with the most recent coming against Crystal Palace when Cech failed miserably to tip away Yannick Bolasie's tame long-range effort.

Nevertheless, the positives certainly have outweighed the negatives this campaign and finally, Arsenal can lay claim to having a world class player between the sticks.

3. Hector Bellerin

Despite making it into the PFA team of the year, Bellerin only makes third spot on this list. The offensive right-back has enjoyed his first full season in the Premier League and has really added a new dimension to Arsenal's back line.

His blistering pace and contribution to attack have been hugely beneficial to the Gunners this term and the 21-year-old is without question one of the most exciting young talents in the game.

Five assists this season also show that he is producing some impressive output for Arsene Wenger's side and his overall game has improved immeasurably this campaign.

His final ball and positioning are two areas which need to be worked on but these will surely come through game time, which he is sure to generate in this Arsenal side.

2. Nacho Monreal

Another defender makes the runner-up spot in this list. Monreal has really turned his Arsenal career around and 2015/16 has been his finest season in England to date.

The Spaniard is not the most marauding of full-backs, but his defensive contribution and marshalling of wide players have paid dividends for the Gunners this season.

Thomas Muller and PFA player of the year Riyad Mahrez have both been shackled by the Arsenal man this season, with the German being marked out of the game in Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Bayern.

Monreal has really been vital in making the Gunners' defence more assured this season, earning eight clean sheets in the league for his side this season, the second most in the division.

1. Mesut Ozil

Only one man could really make the top spot on this list. 2015/16 has been the season where the mercurial German talent has finally revelaed his true colours and consistently displayed his playmaking talents.

Six Premier League goals and an outstanding 18 assists show just how productive Ozil has become to this Arsenal side, with the former Real Madrid man also setting the record for most chances created in a single season.

The Gunners need to sign a clinical finisher in order for Ozil to flourish even further, but despite the absence of a player of this calibre, he has still generated a huge output.

If Arsenal are to succeed in the coming years then it will no doubt be down to the sheer brilliance of their number one creator. All the club need to do is build a team to better suit his needs and then glory could very well be within their grasp.

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