WOA End of Season Poll Results…Part 1

Morning all,

All is still pretty quiet in the World of Arsenal apart from much to do about nothing regarding RVP. The club and RVP have both agreed not to comment on the situation thus letting the former concentrate on the Euro’s. How kind our club is by letting a player concentrate on his international tournament rather than putting the minds of the paying public at rest, especially with season tickets being renewed. For those that believe in an old adage, ‘no news is good news’, I’m starting to think this might not be the case with RVP. Time will tell.

With speculation and random rumours giving me a daily headache, time to move on to the WOA end of season poll:

 

1)      Player of the Season (Without RVP):

1st – Mikel Arteta – 53%

2nd – Laurent Koscielny – 29%

3rd – Alex Song – 19%

 

The three players above were the only players nominated, showing that the majority of us were on a similar wavelength, but given the season we’ve had, hero’s were not plentiful.

Personally, I believe Arteta deserved the majority vote. Billed by the press as a panic buy; criticised early on by our own fans for not being a suitable ‘Cesc replacement’, those that had watched carefully just patiently waited for the others to catch up. Arteta was never bought to replace Cesc or even play that role; he was bought to play the role occupied by Wilshere the previous season.

Arteta’s role was simple but so effective for a team that relied on quick ball movement and high possession. Arteta’s positional presence allowed him to ‘collect’ the ball from the defence thus acting a pivot for the team’s attack. He’s not the quickest in the world but he instinctively knew what he was going to do before he received the ball.

The telling stat to why Arteta may have won this category: Arsenal only won one league game without Mikel, this was the 3-2 vs West Brom on the last day of the season. (That was also largely to Marton Fulop!)

During the run in and without Arteta, I noticed that Koscielny would always look to play a long ball, Vermaelen tried to occupy a space ahead of his natural position, Song was caught easily on the ball due to lack of options and Arsenal simply struggling to retain possession. I strongly believe Arteta’s absence played a factor in all the performance factors listed.

 

 

2)      Most improved player of the season:

1st – Laurent Koscielny – 38%

2nd – Tomas Rosicky – 23%

3rd – Alex Song – 10%

 

Back in February last season, Koscielny and Szcz collided in the last minute of the Carling Cup final to concede a goal that lost Arsenal the trophy moment we have craved for 7 years now.

From that moment it would have been very easy for Koscielny to become a scapegoat and take on a similar mantle as Senderos, the likeable yet clumsy fool. No chance, Koscielny dusted the dirt off his shoulder and has become the lynch pin of our defence. More interceptions than any player in the premiership, he reads the game fantastically and uses his pace & athleticism to kick start attacks. I’m a big Koscielny fan and I’m quite happy for him not to get the plaudits that Kompany and Vermaelen receive while he continues to develop. A fitting end for Kossy was scoring the final goal of the season to secure us third place.

I’ve got to say I was quite surprised so many of you voted for Rosicky. While he has a strong second half of the season he still is short of the form he graced us with when he first joined. His desire and effort for the 2nd half of the season should be praised never the less, vital in many games including that game against the Spuds in Feb.

Oh, no votes for RVP in most improved player of the season then???!!! Shocker!

 

 

3)      Most disappointing player of the season:

1st – Aaron Ramsey – 43%

2nd & 3rd – Andre Arshavin  & Johan Djourou– 15% each

I guess the vote doesn’t lie but the result of this category disappointed me. While Rambo didn’t have the best season, he never hid or put in a lack of effort for the cause. It’s easy to forget that this was Rambo’s first full season after his leg break. What didn’t help Rambo were the departures of Cesc and Nasri along with the season long absence of Wilshere. Rambo came into the first team with the huge weight of expectation on his young shoulders. He was now the main creative outlet for the first team. Rambo struggled to live up to this expectation. He was often found trying too hard; how many of us screamed at a flick or backheel at the wrong time? And quite often he would look tired and leggy. While I did expect more from Rambo, I portion a large part of the blame on Wenger for letting this situation develop.

A player who did however go hiding in games, showing a real lack of application or effort, was Andre Arshavin. I will always have time for someone who puts the effort in and comes out second best than someone who seems to hold the team back.

 

That concludes part one of the poll…

See you next week for the moments of the season.

Have a great day and thank you for all of your replies on the poll.

 

~ @Tottz82

  • Berth

    Great stuff Tottz. Ur blog is well written, u should have mwntioned Wenger as the most improved; from terrible towards the end of last season which continued to the new one, however he did improve from October. I hope Ramsey improves next season he is one of those midfielders u always find on the Box with the strikers ( like Lampard)

  • SpeedDemon

    Excellent stuff!

    I wasn’t surprised at the results.
    In fact, they make a lot of sense..

    Good read!

  • ArseManual

    I hear Arshavin is being sold back to Zenit.
    It looks like we’re doing a squad & wage clear out!

  • CON-MAN

    good read with the poll results part 1. I have to say though the most disappointing player award should be shared by Arshavin/Ramsey.

    for someone of Arshavin’s quality, the fact he was literally never there was exceptionally annoying (and when you see his cross for Thierry’s winner vs sunderland you’ll go mad)

    With Ramsey i feel that we all expected him to just slide in there and do the job but I think the trying too hard was the most annoying thing

  • lance

    There is no co-incidence about the way Arsenal have become a club willing to sell rather than stand firm and offer better contracts, a series of factors have attributed to this, Wenger arriving and being able to spot talent at a relatively low cost, David Dein being forced from the club, moving to the Emirates, Kronke/Gazidis and the Bosman ruling. wheresourarsenalgone.

  • Berth

    @ Lance; Arsenal has gone to the Yankees

  • Tottz

    Firstly thank you all for your responses and kind words. Much appreciated

    The ‘where has our Arsenal gone’ is an article in itself (if not a book), we sold part of our soul when we signed off the move to Ashburton Grove. We wanted our club to compete and be playing in one of the largest stadiums in the UK. To do this we needed to ensure we were generating enough match day & commercial revenue, thus thinking more like a corporate machine. The victims in this all were always going to be the fans who were up in the transition. It’s not nice, it’s not ideal but we wanted to take a step up and this is a negative result of it.

  • sistable

    These six barren seasons was the longest since I have supported them. This is even longer than those “boring boring Arsenal” days which saw Graham, Rioch and Houston playing the managerial musical chair. Something is fundamentally wrong with the club. Some blame the board, some Wenger, some luck/injuries and others both. Of course, there will be a group that believe nothing is wrong, stick with status quo and the glory days will return. Unless someone comes out and give a proper account of the backroom scene and make changes to it, I am afraid the trophyless trend will long continue. But as a fan, I will still continue to support the team.

  • paul

    ahhhh the AST meeting same old same old ivan trying to sell us this bull crap nothings changing lollllllll ivan said “signing a 30 million pound player is not ambition” LMFAO so signing someone like edison cavani for 30 mill is not showing ambition ? but putting chamak on 50k a week is ?

  • mark

    I thought Arshavin was the MOTM last night playing in a free role in a more central position. Yes he was lazy and seemed disinterested in the last 12 months he was playing for us but what actually was the cause of his transformation from a top player to one that was booed and now back to his old self? My opinion is that he was probably bewildered at having to adapt to a new role at Arsenal where he was asked to play on the left wing, sometimes on the right and even more bizarrely as the main striker. Some players accepts changers while others like Arshavin may not which is why I think Wenger broke his spirit and destroyed his love of the game, a love reignited with his loan move back to Zenit. As much as Wenger has turned players into superstars he is just as capable of destroying a player’s career at Arsenal. From the top of my head Park, Chamakh and Vela comes to mind.