As the season draws to a close, we're at that time of reflection on our squad, our season and how we move forward... commenting on the Arsenal vs Chelsea preview post got me thinking about who would be in my "top five" best players at Arsenal. Then naturally, of course, who would be in my worst 5 players at the club too.
I'll start by running through my top five today and then my worst five tomorrow and then open up the blog to the comments - so you can tell me whether you agree, disagree and who your top five would be! I've considered my top five. Who would be the top five players that I'd want in my team right now, not taking into consideration fitness or injuries - ie presuming everyone is fit and available, and this is what I've come up with!
The World of Arsenal Top Five
1. Andrei Arshavin
Since the arrival of the dimunitive Russian, he has shown that he is a real super star. He has got skill in abundance, the ability to create a goal from nothing, the ability to set up fellow player and above all pure determination. His four goals against Liverpool have taken him to 8 goals in all competitions and 7 assists. That’s more than Theo Walcott all season. Back in the day, we could play badly, and there would always be someone to “get us out of jail”, normally that player was Thierry Henry – who seemed to always score that one chance he had and make the right decisions when necessary – with Arshavin, I have that similar feeling. When he is on the pitch, I am confident that we can create something from nothing. Definitely our best player at the moment.
Eduardo is one of my favourite players – a true professional. The injury was very unfortunate and has led to a series of smaller injuries. We won’t see the player again this season, but a fit Eduardo is a certain starter in my Arsenal team. The Crozilian’s finishing is absolutely amazing, and even with a catalogue of injuries and fitness issues, he’s still been pretty awesome scoring a few goals in the process!
3. Cesc Fabregas
Cesc has been a little inconsistent this season, troubled by injury and knackered after the exploits of last summer. The boy thrives on confidence, and when he plays well, his passes are sublime. His purple patch coincided with his return to the team and a few late season goals and assists have proved how effective he can be. Our team is being built around Cesc and since his captaincy, the players have reacted well, and I’d like to see him at the club for years to come.
4. Samir Nasri
A very young talent in terms of his role within the team, but that’s how we do it down at Arsenal. Samir has shown this season that he has all the attributes to become a world class player. As any player joining this league at such a young age, he’s needed some time to adapt – but his goals against United at home this season and general performances have been although inspiring. He’s a player that I see having a big future next season…!
5. Robin Van Persie
Yes, dear old Robin has made it into the top five ahead of young Walcott. RVP is an amazing talent. He’s shown in periods this season that he can be a match-winner. We know that the Dutchman was involved in every goal in the first six weeks of the year. He single handily grabbed the 3 points for us at Chelsea earlier this season. He’s got a lot more to give to, and a front line of Van Persie and Eduardo, supported by players like Arshavin, Nasri and Cesc reads whets my appetite.
Agree or disagree? Comments please?]]>