ArsenalReview.com : Player Of The Season Awards…BIG Discussion

By M. B. Zaidi

We are in the middle of the World Cup and I do realise that there are more important things to talk about but this is an Arsenal website after all…so let the discussion begin on who has been Arsenal’s best player this season. There are three awards that have been put forward, if you have an idea for another one then please feel free to suggest via the comment section:

-Player Of The Season
-Young Player Of The Season
-Most Improved Player Of The Season

For everyone the “player of the season” will be different and what people will look for in the best player will be different, but for me it should be one who has contributed hugely throughout the season and has performed regularly better than everyone else. This player surely must have had many man of the match games for us and done special things at vital times. Without forgetting a crucial feature of the player of the season is to have entertained us as the beloved fans…whether that is with his skills, goals, celebrations, or generally the flashpoints in a game..you get the point. Normally it would be an easy choice because having Mr. Va Va Voom in our side, would usually make him the first choice but this year it has been different.

With our phenomenal Champions League run many players emerged and stood up to the test of the great teams we faced, including a final in Paris where we WERENT OUTPLAYED with 10 men. Here are some of the contenders for player of the season…

Kolo Toure was the rock at the back from which our team was built upon a solid foundation…crucial tackles, headers, blocks in MASSIVE games against massive players…remember that last ditch tackle against Ibrahimovic in the champions league tie against Juve? He played with ANYONE in the centre of defence forming a solid partnership with Senderos and was part of the record breaking champions league clean sheets that we achieved. “Brother” Toure as my uncle calls him has been immense this season and has stood out as a player who leads from his actions and ripples positive energy to those around him. Perhaps a future captain in the making…

I obviously don’t know him personally but from what I have read about him and heard from him in interviews etc, he just seems like a really good guy…a good man and a great player…that is why in our household we call him “Brother” Toure…because you know you can rely on him when he puts on that Arsenal top. A key player for us this season without a doubt especially since Sol Campbell hasn’t been up to his usually high standards this year. A fans favourite for years to come for all the right reasons, an African warrior who will be at Arsenal for a very long time.

Then we move on to the obvious candidate, Thierry Henry, who scored 27 league goals and 33 altogether this season and was our main man generally when we ever looked in trouble. I don’t need to write much on him because everybody knows what he has done, breaking the Arsenal all time goal scoring record this season as well was truly special…you’re an absolute LEGEND Theirry…

Cesc Fabregas grew up even more this season and became not just a promising talent, but a KEY PLAYER in our team. The 4-5-1 formation wouldn’t have worked without him in and performances against Real Madrid and Juventus competing with the very best players in the world he showed his true colours. Just a few highlights of his season, that goal against Juventus and then the assist for Henry to score the second. The outplaying of Zidane, Beckham and co…against Real Madrid in THEIR OWN BACK YARD…making many of the Real Madrid fall over with his deceitful balance…that INCH perfect through ball against Liverpool that set up Henry for that beautiful…beautiful goal. Expect even more from him next season and today against France…

Then we have Jens Lehmann…who ever thought he would even be a contender for the player of the season a couple of years ago. Jens Lehmann has had a brilliant year, just unfortunate for him that he got sent off in the final…but that is all gone and forgotten now. He was without a doubt the best goalkeeper in the premiership last season and that isn’t even biased…If he was playing for Chelsea and had a season like he did, the Chelsea “overhype” would have kicked in and he would have been touted as the best goalkeeper of all time…absolutely brilliant keeping all year and he showed how phenomenal he was throughout the entire season. Played all 38 games of the premiership season and never let us down while still maintaining his crazy antics that we have all grown to love. World class saves have earned him the number one shirt for Germany, beating his old “chum” Oliver Kahn to the spot…Thank you for all of the times you saved us last season Jens, including that brilliant penalty save in the last minute against Villarreal…Nice one Jensy…

Who gets your vote…and why? Leave your comments in the comments section…for each three awards, player of the season, young player of the season and most improved. More later on the other two awards, enjoy the footy all and leave your comments below. Have a nice day…