Arsene Wenger has a plethora of options in various positions this season, certainly the most he’s had to choose from over the past decade.
The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud were named among the substitutes in our final Premier League against West Bromwich Albion, with the likes of Tomas Rosicky and Calum Chambers not able to make the squad despite being fit.
Such quality and depth is embarrassing at times and should’ve resulted in a title challenge this season – but that argument is for another time.
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Should everyone declare themselves fit for the FA Cup final, here is our best performing XI this season based on statistics from WhoScored. *Players must have featured in more than 10 Premier League games.
GK) David Ospina – 7.06
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The Colombian has shared the goalkeeping duties almost equally with Wojciech Szczesny and his calming presence was desperately needed in the second half of the campaign. Ospina has shown signs in recent weeks that he lacks the authority to become our long-term No.1.
RB) Hector Bellerin – 7.19
Just where would we have been without the Spanish flyer? Wenger planned to have Mathieu Debuchy available for the majority of the season, but his injuries have robbed us of his qualities. Bellerin has stepped up and seems to be growing on a weekly basis.
CB) Laurent Kosicleny – 7.39
Finally getting the credit he deserves as one of the Premier League’s best central defenders, Koscielny has been consistent over the past 18-months. His return from a chronic achilles problem has coincided with our defensive efficiency.
CB) Per Mertesacker – 7.08
Our vice-captain was lambasted earlier on this season with many failing to take into account his lack of preparation in pre-season. Mertesacker came straight into the side upon his return from holiday and took time to adjust.
LB) Nacho Monreal – 7.33
Arguably our most consistent player this season, Monreal has held down the left-back role and his performances have put massive pressure on Kieran Gibbs. Monreal encapsulates all the attributes of a modern full-back.